Solved need to boot from cd

Hewlett-packard / HP PAVILION
October 25, 2012 at 16:31:10
Specs: Windows 7, 4gigabits
i have an HP Pavilion notebook that runs on windows, I am starting a new job and need to run linux application. what should i do?

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October 25, 2012 at 17:59:57
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If the hard drive is large enough you can partition it (shrink the Windows partition) and install Linux as a dual boot on the space you left Linux will have access to the Windows partition so if you need to leave things (Word compatible and other compatible formats) to also access from Windows, you will have that option. Find out what Linux Distribution they prefer at your new job and download that online and burn the ISO image it to DVD. There should be links to tutorials on creating the dual boot you need right there and you can Google for more details and additional help. Once you have read up a bit more, you can visit the Linux forum here and ask your specific questions there. If your new job has an IT dept., they also should be able to help you set it up.
If your hard drive is too small, consider cloning it to a larger hard drive and then you will have all of the space you need. Your old drive can end up in the external hard drive case that you probably would purchase to help with the cloning and serve you for back ups on the go.

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November 30, 2012 at 08:42:37
Get the latest "Linux Mint" release it's a "live cd" that also has the option to install into windows in such a way that it wont effect windows in any way, It's non invasive, and uses the existing windows bootmgr to load it, so it becomes a boot menu option. This was the best linux solution for windows, IMO, and it's free. Alternately, it runs ok "live" from the cd, too, and supports NTFS.

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