August 6, 2014

I need an OS

I have a Lenovo laptop, the hard drive crashed. I purchased a new Western digital, can I use Linux as my OS or will I still need LENOVO boot disk they are trying to sell me? Thank you in advance

You should not buy the boot disk from Lenovo....

You should not buy the boot disk from Lenovo.

You can use any Linux distribution you want and install it pretty easily on your Laptop. There are hundreds of different Linux distributions, But I recommend you to try the following:

Linux is really the powerful operating system. You can do almost everything you do on Windows (except full gaming experience) and all of that completely for free.

Get used to it and you wont never switch back to Windows again.

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You won't need the boot disk from Lenovo. You will need a copy of a Linux...

You won't need the boot disk from Lenovo. You will need a copy of a Linux distribution on either USB or CDROM. Go to distrowatch.com and find one that you like. Download it and burn it to a bootable cd / usb and when you boot your laptop, hit whatever function key lets you use the alternate boot menu. Choose your device and let Linux boot and then install it on the harddrive.

For instructions on making the bootable cd or usb , just google it.

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You should be able to use Linux as your OS ---and not buy the Lenovo boot disk.

You should be able to use Linux as your OS ---and not buy the Lenovo boot disk.

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