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Old 05-23-2017, 02:14 AM   #1
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linux install?


Hi.
This is prob a question thats been answered several times but I dont know where to find anything and my head is spinning...
I have a new pc with w10(not activated) and I have no optical drive.
I want to try Linux but I dont understand any of the tutorials I have found.

PLEASE HELP ME!
 
Old 05-23-2017, 02:58 AM   #2
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...I want to try Linux but I dont understand any of the tutorials I have found...
Hi and welcome to the forums.

How much windows/mac/other computer experience do you have? If you go to this page https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desk...ick-on-windows are you able to understand what the instructions mean and do you know that you can use any image you download?

Linux newbies and computer newbies need slightly different instructions.

Edit: and Linux is entirely suitable for computer beginners if they're not afraid to look for information.

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Old 05-23-2017, 03:09 AM   #3
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My knowledge is pretty basic although I managed to build a new pc on my own.
I have been a very basic win7 user for a few yrs,thats it.
 
Old 05-23-2017, 03:12 AM   #4
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Which guide are you following and where are you stuck?
 
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:22 AM   #5
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Depends where you are stuck but there are a tonne of how to videos and guides available, found this with a few seconds of googling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7chlCn6yk
 
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:41 AM   #6
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Hi&welcome! You can skip a lot of 'install issues' with VirtualBox. Or maybe even try this.
But once you get your chosen .iso on a USB & boot it, the install will likely go easy, and then you can forget M$

Best wishes! You'll 'get there'! Be patient & ENJOY

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Old 05-23-2017, 06:00 AM   #7
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you need to buy an usb stick and use live distros. You can try a lot of them just by booting them from usb, without modifying your existing environment.
 
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:06 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by fido_dogstoyevsky View Post
If you go to this page https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desk...ick-on-windows are you able to understand what the instructions mean and do you know that you can use any image you download?
I've corrected this link as the original contained a format error that prevented it from working. If you've never put an iso image on a pendrive before, this is a good guide on how to do it.
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Linux newbies and computer newbies need slightly different instructions.

Edit: and Linux is entirely suitable for computer beginners if they're not afraid to look for information.
Amen to that! It's usually Windows power users who get Linux all wrong.

Two additional points if you're not doing it in Virtualbox:
1) You will have a uefi chip in your computer where the bios used to be. I would recommend you try Ubuntu or Mint as your first Linux; they are both newbie-friendly and their installation images are set up to be uefi-compatible.
2) Before you install, go into your uefi (just as you would go into a bios) and switch off both Fast Boot and Secure Boot. Then plug in your pendrive and boot from it.
 
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:09 AM   #9
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Go Slackware, that was my first cherry pop and I'm still using it today.
Thier are a good wiki out there to guild along after install - it too has a good UIFE or is it UEFI install - (my BIOS does not support UEFI fully) I had/have no experience whatsoever with UEFI and I installed it on someone else laptop without a hitch.

Slackware is not that intimidating. It is like no other and it is like all the others in everything that one has never had any experience in. Just like people that never used Windows, they had to get use to it by using it. same as driving a car or anything someone has never done before.

Just read up on it like any DISTRO especially if installing UEFI because their are a few little quirks that need to be dealt with before installing it, like one said. fast boot, and secure boot have to be turned off in BIOS. and that uefi partition thingy and whatnots.

Alien BoB even took time out of his watching TV and created a live boot install of Slack as well.

me, not you, but me, if I got no means of activating an install of windows (which would not happen) I'd just dive in and wipe it then install Linux on it(any linux would do to get it up and running, then I'd just start distro hopping as I have been there done that.). As long as I had another means of communication with the internet for help in case I needed it. ie cell phone with a web browser and wifi connection. Been there done that too.

if you do not have to really rely on that windows install to get more important things done with it. like pay bills or whatever with it, then .... its really all up to you in what you do with your life.

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Old 05-23-2017, 08:32 PM   #10
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I've corrected this link as the original contained a format error that prevented it from working...
Thanks.
 
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