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Old 09-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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Installing Linux over Windows from Windows

I have a laptop that doesn't have a cdrom drive, and it can't boot off the usb drive. I am trying to fix it for a friend who says it is terribly slow. Well, this is because it is an older laptop and some dork installed vista on it... which is far too much for the poor laptop. My friend wants me to install Ubuntu, but, since I can't boot off of anything, I am having difficulty. I can however still boot into Windows, so my question is: Is there any way to INSTALL Linux FROM Windows? I want to start an installer, partition and install Linux right over the windows installation. How can I go about doing this? Thanks for the reply!
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You can use plop bootmanager to boot from usb
Old 09-19-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
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this all depends on a couple things, the brand of laptop, and the age,
and i say age because if its as old as i supect it to be (since you told me it couldn't run vista smoothly) i am thinking that it would be several years old or something

i said brand because some computers give you the option to boot from a usb device (either a flash stick or an external usb cd rom drive, but based on my experience trying to make a live usb it didn't realy work out too good so i'd reccomend the external cd drive
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i had to double post because my psp won't let me type more than that
first go out and buy an external usb cd rom drive, then plug it into the computer and turn it on, enter the bios and set the boot sequence to boot from usb device, but sip in the live cd before you boot it up then you will be entered into the live setup, i would suggest pclinuxos i have been using it for almost a year and it works on almost anything, but my experience with ubuntu proved that it only works on newer systems, good luck


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