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Thanks for all the information. I did some reading about Gentoo...it seemed too complicated to me. Maybe if I get my feet a little more wet, I might venture into that. Thanks for the info about the partition resizing. I know with Win Xp, you can have a max of 4 partitions. The problem I have which I have not resolved with MS, is I have no installation discs for Win Xp. I have bought 2 computers with Win XP...MS did not and will not not supply the installation CD. Tech support tells me I need to buy a whole new CD.....appr 150$! So, if I fiddle with installing a new OS, I have to be careful not to disrupt Win XP. I do have have a Windows 98 boot disk if needed. Thanks, again, for all the information. I do like the idea of trying out a distro with a live CD.
If you have a spare hard drive around you can install linux to the second hard drive without any problem. I don't know if you have a DVD burner or extra drive, but there are programs (Norton Ghost or Partimage) that allow you to make an image of your current hard drive that you can just reinstall if you hose it up. I don't think you need the same size hard drive, I'm not sure. You'll lose any programs/documents you created after today, but you would always be able to reinstall without worrying that you don't have the original CD's.
I know with Win Xp, you can have a max of 4 partitions.
I'm not sure that's true. You can only have 4 **primary** partitions---for any OS. You can have lots of logical partitions.
Originally Posted by sdmermaid2001
The problem I have which I have not resolved with MS, is I have no installation discs for Win Xp. I have bought 2 computers with Win XP...MS did not and will not not supply the installation CD. Tech support tells me I need to buy a whole new CD.....appr 150$! So, if I fiddle with installing a new OS, I have to be careful not to disrupt Win XP. I do have have a Windows 98 boot disk if needed. Thanks, again, for all the information. I do like the idea of trying out a distro with a live CD.
What??!!!!---Every new machine that has ever been supplied to me included some kind of rescue or OEM install disk. I have one at work right now for my Compaq laptop.
If I discovered that I had bought a machine with Windows and had no way to re-install the OS, I would never go near Windows again.
Thanks for the info,Pixellany! Yes, it's been quite frustrating dealing with no install discs. I just bought the laptop. I emailed Tigerdirect.com,whom I bought the laptop from, to request the install CD. They haven't replied yet or sent me the install CD. I will give them another week or so and phone them. Dealing with MS on the telephone is VERY frustrating. That's one of the reasons I want to try to break away from them.
I think you said you have a "recovery partition". That is what compaq use for recovery if things go bad. I had a compaq pc and it had a recovery disc. Just pop it in and follow instructions and it would take it back to the factory installed state. I had to do that a couple of times. It is cheaper for these pc makers to do it this way rather than giving you a full blown install disc. Also makes tech support easier for them.