OEM Windows, new Mobo, ans Linux
Ok this is what's going on. I have two computers, one with a dead mobo, and another that's ancient. I want to update the mobo and the cpu on both but the the problem is windows is OEM and I can't run it after I install a new mobo. I refuse to re-buy windows. I know how to build computers, what I lack is software knowledge. I want to update these computers for my teen girls. They both know the Linux system thanks to their computer class at school (yes, the teacher teaches all three OS), and I will be installing WINE with Linux as well so they can game a bit. What I want to do is keep the personal items on the hard drives, so reformatting is not an option at least until I can receive what I want first.
My question is how do I uninstall windows after installing linux without loosing my personal items? I'm buying a Linux Mint 14 boot disk from Amazon for eleven dollars from LinuxFreak. Thanks a bunch, Julia