LinuxQuestions.org
Visit the LQ Articles and Editorials section
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 09-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
The_Nerd
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2002
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 540

Rep: Reputation: 32
Installing Linux over Windows from Windows


I have a laptop that doesn't have a cdrom drive, and it can't boot off the usb drive. I am trying to fix it for a friend who says it is terribly slow. Well, this is because it is an older laptop and some dork installed vista on it... which is far too much for the poor laptop. My friend wants me to install Ubuntu, but, since I can't boot off of anything, I am having difficulty. I can however still boot into Windows, so my question is: Is there any way to INSTALL Linux FROM Windows? I want to start an installer, partition and install Linux right over the windows installation. How can I go about doing this? Thanks for the reply!
 
Old 09-19-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
repo
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: May 2001
Location: Belgium
Distribution: Linux Mint
Posts: 8,496

Rep: Reputation: 883Reputation: 883Reputation: 883Reputation: 883Reputation: 883Reputation: 883Reputation: 883
You can use plop bootmanager to boot from usb
http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html
 
Old 09-19-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
baronobeefdip
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2009
Distribution: Debian Squeeze
Posts: 1,173

Rep: Reputation: 32
this all depends on a couple things, the brand of laptop, and the age,
and i say age because if its as old as i supect it to be (since you told me it couldn't run vista smoothly) i am thinking that it would be several years old or something

i said brand because some computers give you the option to boot from a usb device (either a flash stick or an external usb cd rom drive, but based on my experience trying to make a live usb it didn't realy work out too good so i'd reccomend the external cd drive
 
Old 09-19-2009, 01:40 PM   #4
baronobeefdip
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2009
Distribution: Debian Squeeze
Posts: 1,173

Rep: Reputation: 32
i had to double post because my psp won't let me type more than that
first go out and buy an external usb cd rom drive, then plug it into the computer and turn it on, enter the bios and set the boot sequence to boot from usb device, but sip in the live cd before you boot it up then you will be entered into the live setup, i would suggest pclinuxos i have been using it for almost a year and it works on almost anything, but my experience with ubuntu proved that it only works on newer systems, good luck
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
installing RedHat on Windows Vista without destroying the Windows partition mpoplawski Linux - Newbie 6 07-10-2009 06:25 AM
installing windows on dual boot system with fedora linux and windows xp vaishalicoep Linux - Newbie 2 04-23-2009 05:11 AM
Installing Windows after Linux maul Linux - Software 2 10-05-2006 04:48 PM
installing dual boot (linux and windows)without corrupting windows anirudh.iitm Linux - Newbie 7 06-30-2006 02:16 PM
Installing linux and windows drekphill Linux - Software 3 05-13-2002 03:23 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:28 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration