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Old 01-09-2016, 12:03 PM   #1
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How can I install Linux Mint?

Hey guys! So, i'm really new to Linux (and this forum), and I want to install Linux mint. I want to completely remove windows from my pc. I already have a backup of the stuff from my pc in a CD. So, basically my questions are: 1.Which are the steps needed to download Linux Mint? 2.I have all the programs, etc. from my pc in a CD. I'll be able to transer them from Windows to Linux, right? 3.Will the instalation process be too long?
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Welcome to the forum! I don't want to sound intimidating, but it does help if you are willing to do a bit of work yourself. If you search the web for "linux mint installation guide" you get this, which will give you the full story:

I would not remove Windows completely: you paid for it and you never know when it might come in useful. For a start, you cannot transfer your programs from Windows to Linux, any more than you could transfer them to a Macintosh or an Android phone. Some programs can be run using a tool called wine
which is useful for games, but normally you want to get Linux programs. You can see what's available here
It's best to keep Windows and double boot, as we call it. Run defrag on Windows and use the Linux tool gparted (on the Mint installation disk) to shrink the Windows partition and free up space for Linux.

As for installation, I seem to remember that Mint takes about 20 minutes.

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Thanks for the answer! I didn't actually paid for windows, someone gave it to me (not a family member, by the way!). About the transference of documents, can I transfer pdf documents?
Old 01-09-2016, 12:58 PM   #4
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Welcome to LQ.

I would also recommend studying this guide before proceeding:

(Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.2 are broadly the same).

I would suggest that you use the 64 bit version of Linux Mint 17.2 because some people have experienced difficulties with 17.3:

You can copy and paste all your various documents (including PDFs), photos, Bookmarks etc to an external drive and then repeat the process to your LM machine.
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About the transference of documents, can I transfer pdf documents?
Documents are fine, pdf files, xl & xls spreadsheets, doc and docx word proceeding files, all sorts of image, music and video files; tif gif, jpeg, mp3,mp4 etc,etc. Just the Windows programs which don't work in the main. (See the link about Wine in post #2 if you feel you really need to use one.) You can usually find a Linux equivalent for most programs.

If you're expecting Linux to be a "free" version of Windows, forget it! Go and check this out; Linux is NOT Windows.
A very enlightening document which is well worth reading by any Linux newcomer. Very well written in layman's language.

Play Bonny!

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