Solved Changing Windows 7 OS to Linux

May 17, 2016 at 08:27:16
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium to Linux
I am contemplating about switching my Windows 7 to Linux but know NOTHING about doing this. This is just an idea that recently came to me as I've learned a little bit about Linux. Anyone have any thoughts about this in general?
I have never done anything like this before.

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#1
May 17, 2016 at 09:40:14
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Most Linux versions can be run directly from a bootable CD, DVD, or USB flash drive without installing it to the hard drive. That way you can get a feel for how it works plus you can experiment with different versions until you find one that you're comfortable with or best fits your needs. The only downside to running directly from a disc is that it won't perform as well as a full blown installation. The upside is that your Windows installation will remained untouched, so if you decide Linux is not for you, you can just continue using Win7.

Linux can be very frustrating if you choose the wrong distro. The two I usually recommend for someone just starting out are Mint & Zorin. Both are based on Ubuntu & are very windows-like. I installed Zorin Lite on a 11 yr old laptop with an Athlon 64 & 1.5GB RAM & it runs quite well.

http://zorinos.com/tour.html

You should be aware that there are several different desktop environments (DE) to choose from even within the same distro. Some DE's are somewhat minimal in what they offer in terms of menus but are very light on resources - Xfce is one example. The benefit of a lightweight DE is that you can get by with less RAM & still get decent performance. If you have plenty of RAM & want all the pretty menus & icons, you can choose a version with a heavier DE. If you look at the Mint page, you will find several editions - Mint Cinnamon, Mint Mate, Mint Xfce, Mint KDE:

https://www.linuxmint.com/

Here's some more info about DE's that may be helpful:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/so...

https://www.linux.com/news/best-lin...

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#2
May 19, 2016 at 09:44:51
Don't immediately wipe out Windows. You might want to go back to it.

You can DUAL BOOT. That is you can have both Windows and Linux together on the same Hard Disk.


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#3
May 19, 2016 at 12:26:54
Don't dual boot. Experiment with Live CDs instead. It's much safer. You can dual boot later once you're comfortable with Linux.

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#4
May 19, 2016 at 12:35:12
Thank you very much. I appreciate the links you sent and will check them all out.

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#5
May 19, 2016 at 12:38:29
riider, I plan on doing just that. Thank you very much. Any ideas where I should get this CD, is it called 'Live CDs'? Thanks again.

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#6
May 19, 2016 at 12:40:17
Thanks, I am not going to wipe out my Windows 7 OS.

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#7
May 19, 2016 at 12:48:03
I have a:
Toshiba Satellite C655D
Windows 7 Home Premium
Service Pack 1
3.00GB (2.60 usable)
64-bit OS
AMD E-240 Processor 1.50 GHz

So I should be okay with using a disc to try out Linux.


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#8
May 19, 2016 at 17:55:35
I provided links to Zorin & Mint. Decide on the one you want & download the ISO file. You will then have to burn the ISO to a disc using the proper software. I recommend CDBurnerXP, it's 100% free & easy to use. Just start the program, select Burn ISO Image, then browse to the Linux ISO file you downloaded.

https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home

http://screenshots.en.sftcdn.net/en...

Here's a site where you can find info on 100s of Linux versions: http://distrowatch.com/


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#9
May 20, 2016 at 14:27:37
Hi riider, can I burn a disc on my

Toshiba Satellite C655D
Windows 7 Home Premium
Service Pack 1
3.00GB (2.60 usable)
64-bit OS
AMD E-240 Processor 1.50 GHz

? slammed


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#10
May 20, 2016 at 15:30:28
If the machine above has a DVD-recorder, then there should be no problem burning a DVD image, provided you use appropriate software. In addition to riider's suggestions, there are others:

http://www.deepburner.com/?r=produc...

http://amok.am/en/freeware/amok_cd-...

http://www.imgburn.com/

http://infrarecorder.org/

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#11
May 21, 2016 at 02:51:55
Windows 7 has "Burn Disc Image" in the right click context menu when the cursor is placed over an ISO image file.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...


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#12
May 26, 2016 at 13:45:10
Thank you, I will look into that. I wish I had more time to deal with these sort of issues. I'll get back when I have time to even sort this out. Thank you so very much for taking time to answer my question.

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#13
May 26, 2016 at 13:46:01
I get it, thanks.

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