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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:14 pm 
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Since windows 7 will not be supported anymore in 10 months I need to get ready to go to Linux. I'm doing a new build at the end of the week and I want to do a fresh install of the two. Is there a good tutorial on how to do this? Something that is easy to understand. :-|

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:28 pm 
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You can, but I wouldn't recommend it. If you have a machine running with windows 7 at the moment try out a Linux distribution in Virtual box - I highly recommend Ubuntu and Linux Mint if you are a beginner as there are loads of tutorials and they are really well supported.

It is also dependent on what you want to do. Linux does more or less anything a windows machine can do, if not more but is limited in certain ways (like iTunes, but who needs that :wink: ..).

Here is a reasonably good tutorial.. However from past experience, I will always run 1 PC and 1 operating system as I have lost too many Windows installs due to a Linux boot loader issue after updates (GRUB, GRUB2)..

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:04 pm 
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I would tend to agree - I haven't played around with at-home Linux distros in many many years, but all too often when I used to I ended up reloading operating systems way too often.

They just didn't like sharing bootloaders...glad to see some thing just never change. :lol:

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Is there a way to put the two OS on separate hard drives? Would that take care of having to reinstall the OS?

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Even then I would physically keep them separated, connect one or the other, not both at the same time...

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just get two of the exact same drives - install OS on first, unplug, plug in second, install second OS on second.

plug in the one you want to use, boot, easy-peasy.

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Sound like good advice to me. Thanks folks. 8)

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That's what I have done in the past. I have a PC with an external SATA port which makes it dead easy to swap drives. Windows is on a 240Gb SSD (minimum size I would recommend for windows) and everything I download is either stored on a NAS or I have 3 1Tb drives for it too in the system. Then when I want to use Linux I can switch off the PC remove the windows SSD and replace it with a Linux drive (8Gb, 16Gb or 32Gb SSD nowadays).

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