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How to install Linux when using Windows 10 operating system

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by nickjonson, May 6, 2019.

  1. nickjonson

    nickjonson New Member

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    How to install Linux when using Windows 10 operating system, currently I do not have DVD to install Linux operating system on my laptop is there any other way to install Linux with CMD?


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  2. Condobloke

    Condobloke Well-Known Member

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    G'day nick and Welcome to Linux.org

    Linux can be installed a number of ways....but via a Windows command....No. Windows 10 has some good tricks, but that is not one of them

    You will either need a blank dvd or a usb stick

    Download the Linux distro you wish to use, and use a special program to burn the iso download to the dvd or usb stick

    Then insert the dvd or usb stick....alter the boot order of your laptop so that it boots to the dvd/usb

    The linux OS (operating system) will run in the RAM on your laptop without causing any harm to either windows 10 or your laptop.

    It is intended to happen like this so you can try Linux distros out before you actually wipe windows 10

    You can also do a dual boot....win 10 as well as Linux on the same hard dfrive.....win 10 on one hard drive and Linux on a separate hard drive, or you can also install a virtual machine in win 10 and run linux inside that.....the choices are almost endless and very confusing.

    I would suggest strongly that you find a blank dvd, or a usb stick (usb stck is preferable...approx 8 Gb is fine)....download a Linux Distro of your choice (make it a simple one which is solid and dependable....like Linux Mint 18.3)....Use something like unetbootin to 'burn' the download to the usb stick (which also make it bootable) ....and just TRY linux out without making any serious committment.

    Others will chime in and possibly muddy the waters a bit.....but your best approach is to keep it simple.
     
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  3. wizardfromoz

    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    G'day @nickjonson and welcome to linux.org from another Aussie :)

    (Wizard appears in a puff of smoke)

    While my mate Brian (@Condobloke ) is predominantly correct in what he says above, there is an alternative, if you want to try LInux at full performance level.

    It is called WUBI (Windows Ubuntu Installer), and the current version is wubi-uefi.

    You can read about it here

    https://github.com/hakuna-m/wubiuefi/wiki

    It simply involves downloading the software from their site to your Windows, doubleclicking the .exe in your Windows File Manager, and away you go.

    It generates a folder called Ubuntu in your Windows, plus maybe 2 other files. The folder can be of a size that you determine. Ubuntu will only consume about 7 GB (yes, that's right :)), but I would likely give it around 20 - 25 GB.

    On reboot after the install, you will have a menu featuring Ubuntu and Windows, likely on a 10-second timer to choose.

    If you later determine you do not like it and want to remove it, you simply delete the Ubuntu folder and the couple of files and reboot, Windows back to normal.

    As with introducing any software to your system, you might want to have a Backup or Recovery solution for your Windows, and that will likely involve a DVD or USB stick unless you have an install Disk.

    Cheers

    Chris Turner
    wizardfromoz.
     

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