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Old 07-26-2017, 08:28 PM   #1
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New Linux user

I was given a laptop and it had Linux and windows installed on it after downloading some movies I believe this laptop crashed or it just will reboot or take me back to Linux I do not know nothing about Linux very little about Windows I need help getting back into my computer. Can y'all help me
Old 07-27-2017, 07:37 AM   #2
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Hi Rneely63 and welcome to LQ.

I guess you need to decide what you would prefer, Linux or Windows since you say you know nothing about one and very little about the other.

People here are most likely able to help you fix or install Linux.
Old 07-27-2017, 07:41 AM   #3
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If you know very little about Windows, my advice would be to forget about it and just use Linux. It's a much safer and more robust system. You won't pick up all those nasty worms and viruses on the Internet, and you'll get free updates for the rest of your life. Dual-booting is for people who are familiar with Windows and don't want to cut their umbilical cord with the familiar operating system until they've learned the new one.

You haven't made it clear what happens when you boot. Does it boot straight into Linux? If so, we can help you learn how to use it.
Old 07-27-2017, 11:34 AM   #4
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As stated above I believe it would be helpful to say what happens when you start the machine. Does the BIOS let you choose a boot menu option (if yes choose this option and from there you should be able to choose windows)? If your PC is booting into Linux you should see the GRUB menu and be able to choose the windows partition. Also Linux is the kernel and there are tons of different Linux distributions, do you know which Linux distribution you are currently running?

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