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    Windows vs. Linux

    Well, it's a shame there isn't a group of disgruntled Microsoft programmers (who haven't already joined the Linux team) who have an affection and nostalgia for old machines. There are antique car buffs, right? LOL They could probably do pretty will on the side supporting older machines. It...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Thanks for the info. The antique Dimension is indeed a 32-bit machine. If Linux Lite has a 32-bit version, that might be a choice. Condobloke had a suggestion to just test drive Linux from a DVD instead of installing it. That's what I did on the Espiron before pulling the trigger on the full...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Well, it's a friendly place I fell into, that's for sure. I won't give up on Linux. I may break down and convert my other Dell (a Dimension 4550 running WinXP) to Linux. That started out life with Win95, if that tells you how old it is. Not as old as me, but then not much stuff is. It has plenty...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    TA-DA! ZIPPIDY DO DA [drum roll] <happy banana dance> I'm here via Edge (ugh!) under Win10 (barf!) on the old Dell. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the help, suggestions, links and encouragement. You don't realize how much more leg room I'll have under my desk, once I can see this old hand-me-down...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Thanks, Atanere! Stay tuned....
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Thanks, Wiz! The saga continues. The MCT ran as advertised. It let me turn the primary partition into unallocated space and was happy with that. But when it came time for it to reboot Windows (10-9-8-7...), I let it reboot and the installation came right back up. Rats! Ran it again. This...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Previously you said, "but I would power it down when Cortana comes to life and starts asking questions to get started." Are you talking about just pulling the power to the computer when you say 'power down'?
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    Windows vs. Linux

    At this point I have no idea what MCT is doing. It said it will go all the way back to XP, but MS lies a lot, as we know. In any case, MCT took me through the steps to create a bootable USB drive to install Win10, and it says it's writing to the USB with 20% complete. Say, what? We'll see...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Well, now I have ImgBurn AND Rufus. I know ImgBurn works on my machine. As for the clean install over the Linux OS, I'll give it a try to avoid further headaches, even though it says it needs some version of Windows on the receiving computer. If all else fails, I may have a work-around. I have...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Well...it appears I may be dead in the water...again! The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool says that the receiving OS must be some other version of Windows already installed. Apparently you can't use it if there is any other OS (or none at all) on the system. Rufus appears to only work under the...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    I appreciate it. The Dell has been upgraded to 6 Gb RAM, so that's not much of a problem. It can handle 8 Gb, but it's not worth adding any more. It ran Win10 just fine, but open 2-3 apps and it was running at 80%. Freakin' Win10 took up 1.6 Gigs just sitting there!
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Haha! I wouldn't be much tech support for them, since I'm fumbling around with Linux myself! The BIOS on the Dell is set to boot from a USB (via F12 one-time boot option). The computer was updated from Win7 SP1 64-bit. As far as I know, the "upgrade" to Win10 was automatically selected as...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Different browsing habits I guess. I play an online game that is written in Java. FireFox gave me script error after script error. Switched to Chrome and haven't had a issue. Same with FlashPlayer. Mozilla is fighting for HTML5 and wants FlashPlayer GONE! Every time I install FP plug-in on...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    Yeah, well...you CAN teach an ol' dog new tricks...but that doesn't apply to Linux! I've been trying for 2 weeks just to get Flash Player installed. Says it's installed, but won't run any Flash code.... Of course Linux wants you to use Fire Fox, and Mozilla hates Adobe...and we're stuck in the...
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    Windows vs. Linux

    It's an Espiron 570. I know the Service Tag number, but haven't read the motherboard.
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