No - maybe a couple of seconds at bootup, recognising both OSes, but then within their own environment, no performance loss, just runs off the same hardware, the same RAM, at different times/sessions.Would dual-booting cost me any operating speed? Like, would it slow down a bit?
Quite possibly - I had not made the acquaintance of S mode before, now I am reading up on it, but I would defer to @LorenDB , who has both the same Lenovo, and had used S mode.The one you sent looks like it comes with regular Windows 10?
Hold off on dd for the moment.Also I just downloaded the dd tool you suggested. I'll try googling to see how to use it. Also, what does it mean to 'reflash' Windows? I hope I'm not missing any steps...
Remembering, of course, any personal files need to be backed up separately from the Windows Recovery drive.All we need is to establish how much she has on Windows, eg 16 GB stick or 32 GB stick, perhaps more convenient than a separate drive - although additional storage never goes astray.
Thanks, I do remember, but the Recovery stick also offers the option to use Windows Restore, so provided a Windows Restore Point has been set just prior to the operation, all personal files will be restored.Remembering, of course, any personal files need to be backed up separately from the Windows Recovery drive.
Yes, thanks - that accounts for the use of the S Mode, perhaps, but 4 GB RAM is still fine for running just about any Linux, and Mint Xfce should get up and fly...I was just looking at my System Information, and the only thing I can see that says RAM says 'Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB'. Is this what you were looking for?