Solved I have XP on 3 home based PC's & require Linux setup advice

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April 1, 2014 at 06:04:44
Specs: Windows XP, Intel pentium D 4gig
Windows XP to Linux seems to be the best option from where i'm sat - as i don't like the look of Win8 and I'm past giving Microcash any more of my hard earned money. I have a "Mageia 4" disc also "Ubuntu13.10" and "Open SUSE 13.1" on the same disc.
My old Dad hates change so much he had Win7 removed from his new Cube and reloaded with XP!!!

So is there a version or a way of making Linux look as XPish as possible?????


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April 2, 2014 at 07:05:37
"BUT, how do i go about dual booting?"
The way I do it is, I put XP on one hard drive & Zorin on another.

1: Cable up a spare HD.
2: Uncable the XP drive.
3: Install Zorin.
4: Cable up the XP HD.
5: Boot up & enter the bios.
6: Go to the boot tab & select the HD you want to be default.
7: F10 ( Save ) & exit.
8: If you want to choose a different drive ( operating system ) F8 during boot. If you get Safe mode etc, you have waited to long before toggling F8.



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April 1, 2014 at 07:29:02
This version of linux allows one to change the look to approximate several versions of windows. Might be worth to consider?

http://zorin-os.com/

Haven't used it so can't comment on it in use.

Also win-7 can be tweaked to look like XP...


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#2
April 1, 2014 at 08:42:43
Here's something you should know that may help you make the right choice. Most of the more popular Linux distros are based on Ubuntu. And Ubuntu releases new versions every 6 months, most with only short term support. For example, July 2014 is considered the EOL (end of life) date for version 13.10. However, every few years Ubuntu releases a LTS (Long Term Support) version, the current one being 12.04 LTS which is supported until April of 2017. The next LTS version (14.04) is scheduled to be released sometime this month. Shortly after it's released, the Ubuntu-based distros will release their LTS versions based on 14.04.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

OK, getting back to your question & the above recommendation of Zorin....

I have Zorin 6.4 LTS loaded on one of my older laptops (A64 with 1.5GB RAM) & it runs great. I prefer the Win7 default mode but have tried the XP mode & it works just as well. I also have an older desktop running XP & will be loading Zorin on it soon, but I'm going to hold off until the new LTS version becomes available. I suggest downloading the ISO, burning it to a DVD using the appropriate image burning software, then boot off the disk & try a live session (without installing). It won't run quite as well as a full installation, but you'll get an idea of how it works & whether you like it or not.

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08032

http://zorin-os.com/tour.html

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#3
April 1, 2014 at 16:18:44
+2 for Zorin, there is also a Lite version.

Zorin OS Lite
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syst...
http://linux.softpedia.com/progScre...


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#4
April 2, 2014 at 04:30:28
Thanks you guy's

I have dithered around this issue for so long as i really don't think there is much in the way of clarity on the web or the mags (Computer Active for example) re this subject......Maybe i was looking in the wrong place?!? I suspect if you are still at college then you are in contact daily with others treading the same path but for silver surfers and their Dad's it ain't so easy.......Like it takes 18 months to suss out ya latest phone which time ya due an upgrade & start again!!!

Back to the plot - Cheers for the Zorin suggestions.....downloading 6.4 as i type - BUT, how do i go about dual booting? and will my 78 year old Dad ever be expected to ditch WinXP or the latest Microcash alternative???


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#5
April 2, 2014 at 04:37:20
"BUT, how do i go about dual booting?"
Is it a PC desktop or laptop?

"and will my 78 year old Dad ever be expected to ditch WinXP"
Only time will tell.


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#6
April 2, 2014 at 06:50:37
My main concern are my two desktop systems - Dad also has two desktop systems.

I also have a laptop currently running the media edition of XP

Would i be right that i need to hit F8 or is it 12 for the desktops?????

Not sure about a laptop as you get no bleep..........am i on the right track???

Tin hat on before i'm told should be asking this question elsewhere!!!

Thanks.


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#7
April 2, 2014 at 07:05:37
✔ Best Answer
"BUT, how do i go about dual booting?"
The way I do it is, I put XP on one hard drive & Zorin on another.

1: Cable up a spare HD.
2: Uncable the XP drive.
3: Install Zorin.
4: Cable up the XP HD.
5: Boot up & enter the bios.
6: Go to the boot tab & select the HD you want to be default.
7: F10 ( Save ) & exit.
8: If you want to choose a different drive ( operating system ) F8 during boot. If you get Safe mode etc, you have waited to long before toggling F8.


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#8
April 2, 2014 at 07:26:08
"BUT, how do i go about dual booting?"

Cheers John, seeing as i seem to have your ear - any idea on how to go with the laptop........i guess i would have to format and start anew?

ATB. BongoFury.


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#9
April 2, 2014 at 12:08:14
"any idea on how to go with the laptop"

I have another single HD setup using this. Make sure you have all your important stuff backed up, in case you mess up.

Wubi
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://wubi-installer.org/


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#10
April 2, 2014 at 14:30:26
Hmmm, I have backed up WinXP using Macrium Reflect a suggestion i found in Computer active to a Touro mobile external drive - Macrium says all 127gig copied ok

When i go into disk management it appears my working partition is around 150gig with 377gig not allocated.......i read through the links you helpfully provided but was not sure whether to extend the existing drive or to create a new partion virtual or not!?!

Like, yes i could fit another HD to sort this lot or from what i can see i could create a second large partion or maybe just increase the one that XP runs in - Do i have any of this right? Just a tad unsure the best route to go.

So appreciative of all the advice that has come my way.


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#11
April 2, 2014 at 16:18:25
"Do i have any of this right?"
If you are talking about Wubi.
1: Install Wubi.
2: Enter a Password twice.

That's about it, Wubi does everything for you.


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#12
April 3, 2014 at 11:57:11
Maybe i missed something here? iI i install Wubi (not familiar with that one) or Zorin - is there a way i can do that on the same HD that XP resides upon without trashing it??? - What I want to do if possible is put Linux somehow in the 337gigs that is allocated to nothing right now.........maybe this is not possible?

Now i'm going to read this lot again.
Thanks for your patience guy's.


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#13
April 3, 2014 at 12:52:37
It is possible to dual-boot a Windows OS and a Linux one. The usual combination has been either Ubuntu or Debian and Windows (NT/XP/W2K - at least). But I see no reason why it can't be donewith other variants of Linux too.

However as I haven't actually done that routine (have viewed many posts about it though) I defer willingly to those who have done it; as they will give you more definite and experienced based "how to" guidance.


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#14
April 3, 2014 at 16:55:00
"maybe this is not possible?"

Huge amount of possibles.

dual boot Windows XP and Linux
http://is.gd/TK3W6W

make linux look like windows xp
http://is.gd/GvxPuv


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#15
April 3, 2014 at 22:54:43
Oh fountain of knowledge you guys are so helpful - "how on earth do i choose a best answer?"..........maybe pin on the donkey tail?!?! Lol.

Have just run Windows easy transfer as have purchased a copy of Win7 Ultimate - I still plan on Linux tho on all three PC's for networking. Tell me i done wrong but I got a sealed copy on ebay for £50 originally intended for a Dell laptop checked the seller thoroughly and seemed to have many happy customers.........tin hat on!


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#16
April 4, 2014 at 10:44:20
>>>This version of linux allows one to change the look to approximate several versions of windows. Might be worth to consider?

http://zorin-os.com/<<<

I downloaded Zorin and burned to disc.........How do i get it to open for demonstration? without actually installing it - I belive it's a live view Y/N?


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#17
April 9, 2014 at 16:47:27
"How do i get it to open for demonstration?"
You have to change the bios to boot from the CD first.

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#18
April 9, 2014 at 16:48:19
That was a real toughie choosing Best Answer - I had so much help working out this Linux issue it was almost impossible - as it is, i have now sussed getting the live version of Zorin to run ok and all that remains is moving forward with confidence in so far as getting installed on a shared HD.................I guess I just have to push the button and hope I got it right, as I want to keep XP running a while longer using Spy Bot - Zone Alarm & Avast.

ATB Pozzouk.


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