January 17, 2016

How do I replace Windows 7 with Linux?

I am new to Linux, which I have heard about but never used. My OS now is Windows 7. I do not want to be forced to upgrade to Windows 10. So I am wondering if I should change to Linux. Please not -- I am absolutely not a computer expert. I just want to know how to switch from Windows 7 to Linux without making a mess of my computer's contents.

I guess the disc of your Windows 7 computer has more than 20 GB free. Then...

I guess the disc of your Windows 7 computer has more than 20 GB free. Then defragment the disc first and install Linux Mint http://linuxmint.com/ in dual-boot on it. I don't know how computer-affine you are. At a minimum get all your personal data on that computer in to a backup. The installation scripts are pretty stable these days, but still there is a risk of great mishap and you need to start from Windows! If you are inexperienced get some sort of a local guru involved.

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Backup your data in Windows 7. Your data will be located under the C:\Users...

Backup your data in Windows 7. Your data will be located under the C:\Users directory. You should see a folder with your username there. Copy that folder.

Choose a Linux operating system that caters to Windows converts. I would recommend Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com). It has a familiar experience to Windows 7/XP, it's lightweight on CPU and memory resources, and their online documentation and support forum are stellar. The documentation includes a step by step installation guide, and the folks at the support forum will be happy to have you and help you get going.

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First, of course, you will need to download Linux. Different spins of Linux...

First, of course, you will need to download Linux. Different spins of Linux can be found on numerous websites:
ubuntu.com
linuxmint.com
lubuntu.net

ubuntu.com hosts a Linux spin(Ubuntu) which works very well on tablet computers.
linuxmint.com hosts a very simple and easy-to-use beginners' spin of Linux(Linux Mint).
lubuntu.net hosts a Linux spin(Lubuntu) for old technology, such as old computers and Ethernet.
There are many other spins of Linux for different things. The reason there are so many is that the licensing of Linux allows for free redistribution and modification. Choose wisely.

After that, this tutorial might help(repeats a few things I said): http://linuxbsdos.com/2012/06/06/how-to-dual-boot-linux-mint-13-cinnamon...

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