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Old 10-29-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
mrmilne
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Question pre-install steps


hi, just a quick and simple question really, i am going to install ubuntu as an additional os. i wa wondering apart from backing up and partitioning, is there anything else i should do before i install? thanks, craig
 
Old 10-29-2009, 08:28 PM   #2
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thats about it. just have your windows disk handy in case you have an MBR issue.

Any problems just post back your issues and any logs that pertain to your issue.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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No windows cd, can i still install?

I havent got a windows cd. i got this laptop as an ex display model from currys so i got it cheap. just got all components and health and safety notice, not even instructions haha. Is it advisable to still go ahead and install? i am a novice aswell so if something goes awry i dont know how capable i would be at fixing it, thanks
 
Old 10-29-2009, 08:41 PM   #4
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Yeah the installer is pretty good about not needing much info to get a working system. You might wanna check in windows what your screen rez is but even that may not even be necessary. Defraging and checking your windows partition may prevent any issues if your thinking about resizing them but if not then I wouldn't worry about doing that.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 08:58 PM   #5
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If you're going to share the disk, then

1. defrag MS
2. backup MS ( x 2)
3. partition
4. install Linux, paying close attention to qns, especially about which partitions to install. Have it (partition list) on paper before you start.

Edit: for 'share' read 'split'; a more accurate term.

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Old 10-29-2009, 09:09 PM   #6
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thanks chris, will back up twice and make sure to write down partitions. hopefully by tomorrow evening i'll be posting to say i am now a legitimate linux user
Craig
 
Old 10-30-2009, 12:41 AM   #7
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as long as you have a product key(which should be on the bottom of laptop), all legit pc's have one. All you need is a copy that matches your product sticker. ie. if sticker says windows xp home, then get a windows xp home cd. There a ways to get am iso image of the disk that has not been tampered with. Ask friends if you can borrow one. Anyhow long story short it is good to have for the MBR repair tool. I have posted to threads on this board because people messed with the mbr and hosed it. If you do it is fixable as long as you have a windows xp disk. Also check out ultimate boot disk has a lot of tools on it and many articles about dual booting windows with it.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 12:45 AM   #8
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Quote:
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I havent got a windows cd. i got this laptop as an ex display model from currys so i got it cheap. just got all components and health and safety notice, not even instructions haha. Is it advisable to still go ahead and install? i am a novice aswell so if something goes awry i dont know how capable i would be at fixing it, thanks
As said if you are running a legit copy now try contacting MS for an ISO image or see what kind of replacement options you can get. Because if their is a sticker on your computer then more than likely you have a legit copy.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 11:18 AM   #9
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hi,
Yes its a legit machine, bought from leading electrical company Curry's. Lol so i hope its legit. it has vista sticker on front. uncles back off holiday so im going to attepmt to install with brains on the end of phone lol. Can i say thank you to everyone that has replied to my posts, you have made me feel very welcome and i am eager to start learning and hopefully contribute to this community. Cheers again
Craig
 
Old 10-30-2009, 11:26 AM   #10
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@mrmilne;

All of your threads seem very closely related----In the future, please keep related topics together. In particular, you could have continued in your original thread and asked for more details on the installation steps.

I'm inclined to leave things as they are, but some other mod may merge.

Good luck!!

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Old 11-03-2009, 07:29 PM   #11
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just got to thinking the product key wont even matter. All you need is the repair option at the very beginning. Should you run into any issues after the linux install and want to go back to windows use the fix mbr command. I just wanted to mention that as a just in case. I had a couple of installs go south on me and i used that method to fix it. Then I was able to re-download what i needed for a successful install.
 
  


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