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Old 06-19-2016, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question Installing Mint 17.3 along with XP


When I try to install Mint 17.3 on my XP computer, the installer detects XP's presence, but doesn't offer to install alongside XP. The only choices offered seem to result in a complete erasure of the disk, destroying my XP installation.
What's the solution?
 
Old 06-19-2016, 07:04 PM   #2
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When I try to install Mint 17.3 on my XP computer, the installer detects XP's presence, but doesn't offer to install alongside XP. The only choices offered seem to result in a complete erasure of the disk, destroying my XP installation.
What's the solution?
Hi...

Welcome to the forum

Could you upload an image of the installer screen in question? Normally, the option to install Linux alongside Windows or another copy of Linux is offered.

Regards...
 
Old 06-19-2016, 07:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!

I downloaded the official user guide for Linux Mint 17.3 cinnamon. (https://linuxmint.com/documentation/...glish_17.3.pdf) Or there is a version for the Mate desktop if you prefer that. (https://linuxmint.com/documentation/...glish_17.3.pdf) If you have not downloaded one of those pdf files, you should. I see they have changed the installation screens since I installed LM 17.3 Cinnamon back in January.

I would suggest either using Mint in a virtual machine or repartitioning the hard drive manually. Manual patitioning lets you use the "something else" option when installing Mint. Whichever you choose, you ought to defrag your windows hard drive first. Manual repartitioning is done with gparted (Administration --> gparted) in the live CD. There are a number of gparted tutorials on the web if you decide to go that route.

Let us know how you do, please.
 
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:44 PM   #4
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Hi.

With xpee should defrag, shrank it's partition leaving free space to install Mint and GRUB to MBR (which is the last install step.)

But, if you don't have backups...

have fun!
 
Old 06-19-2016, 08:46 PM   #5
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Yes, it has changed- the instructions do not seem to match the screenshots. 'something else' would seem to be the only alternative to wiping and installing!

You could try Ubuntu-mate, or a gparted disk to shrink the partition and then 'something else' or download Mint 17 as opposed to 17.3 and use that, it is still LTS.

Fred.
 
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:16 PM   #6
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I like Debian.

For me often a netinst, little more work? : maynot have a diver for seeing outdated-xp, may need non-free firmware, no GUI other than e.g:
Code:
su
apt-get install aptitude
and so on... http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-a-4175582511/

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Old 06-19-2016, 10:51 PM   #7
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When I try to install Mint 17.3 on my XP computer, the installer detects XP's presence,
please read the instructions on the mint site!
you have to shrink the xp partition and make room for the SECOND operating system
 
Old 06-19-2016, 10:52 PM   #8
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The two most likely scenarios with an MBR install are no unallocated space or the use of four partitions which would mean you can't create another. If you can boot the Mint DVD, open a terminal and run: sudo fdisk -l (Lower Case Letter L in the command) and post the output here. After reviewing the link above to the manual, I would suggest you opt for the "Something Else" option which is basically a manual install. The install Alongside option is basically an auto-install and if something does go wrong, you won't have any idea what it was.
 
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:45 PM   #9
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Wink Fixed!

I solved my problem by using an earlier version of 17.3 that I had on a DVD. Thanks to all who offered help.
 
Old 06-20-2016, 04:59 PM   #10
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I solved my problem by using an earlier version of 17.3 that I had on a DVD. Thanks to all who offered help.
You're welcome, glad you got it squared away. If you would, please mark this thread as "SOLVED" by clicking on "Thread Tools" directly above your initial post. Thanks!

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