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Old 06-25-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Windows XP now, want Linux

I have a XP machine now, what's the simplest way to wipe XP and install Linux? I'm not going to worry about dual booting now, but I do want to partition it for a later install. But it's not as simple as going to DOS on my Win98 machine. I've installed several Linux distro's, just never on an XP machine.

P.S. Going to try out Fedora if that makes a difference in the instructions.

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Old 06-25-2004, 02:41 PM   #2
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*Resize your nfts partition with Partition Magic.
Install Linux on your free space.

*Some distro's like Mandrake do this for you.
Keep in mind you could run in trouble using a 2.6 kernel distro.

The easiest way whould be Mandrake 9.2.
It will ask you if you want to keep Windows and resize it's partition for you.

EDIT: Oeps, if you don't want to keep XP, any installation will work

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Old 06-25-2004, 02:42 PM   #3
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Hi there,

There are definatly much more clever peeps out there than me but I would recommend installing your XP system first but use the fdisk command and make your partition a small one and leaving the rest as free space. Then when you install your linux distro use the manual partion tools and set up your linux partion there. If you don't want to dual boot then use the tools that are on the more "user friendly" distros like fedora and mandrake to not bother having XP in the boot menu and there you go.

I know that this don't probably give you the answer you wanted but it seems the best way to go for me. (I wiped one or two distros doing it the "linux first" way, but then I am prone to attacks of stupidity

As I said others here may be able to help you with doing it the way you want to. Hope I helped
Old 06-25-2004, 02:43 PM   #4
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All you need to do is to run the install, at some point it will ask about partitioning - just tell it to use the whole hard disk. Bye bye Win XP.

That is, assuming you are serious about losing XP entirely.
Old 06-25-2004, 06:18 PM   #5
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Oops, decided to try Slack 10 instead. Guess I'll head over to those forums to post problems I'm already having with it booting.


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