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Old computers can get a new life just by installing Linux (e.g. Ubuntu), Linux typically uses less resources than an equivalent version of Windows. It is also known to have less viruses than Windows (I'm not going to lie there ARE viruses for Linux but nowhere near as many) and FOLLOWS INSTRUCTIONS better than Windows. Windows normally hides everything it does from you, and also hides files (even when "show all hidden files and folders" is selected!). Linux also hides things from you but it is much easier to get it to show you EXACTLY what it is doing at any given moment than Windows. Also Ubuntu has a package manager and software centre that makes finding FREE applications and installing/uninstalling them quick and easy, it takes seconds to do!

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Can I override the bios at startup so that it will recognize a new hard drive - for linux?


There should be no need to play around with your bios settings. Linux will install on a brand new hard drive as the sole operating system, or on an existing hard drive alongside Windows without any problem.

If you haven't already got a Linux distro, have a look at
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Download whichever version of Ubuntu you prefer (LTS- the long term support version is recommended).

When the .iso file containing the operating system had downloaded, burn it onto a dvd, or install it on a usb drive.

Insert the dvd into the drive and restart or switch off/switch on the computer. The dvd will then kick in and offer you the choice of trying Ubuntu without installing, or a full install.

If you're using a new, empty hard drive just follow the on screen instructions and Ubuntu will install as the sole operating system.

If you already have Windows on your hard drive Ubuntu will give you the choice of either erasing Windows or installing Ubuntu alongside Windows. It's your choice.

Installing Ubuntu alongside Windows creates a dual boot hard drive. At start up you just choose which OS to use - Windows or Ubuntu. If creating this dual-boot system Ubuntu puts a (Linux) boot loader into the Windows OS so that Linux is recognised.

If you save the Ubuntu file to a usb drive you then have to change the bios settings so that your computer uses USB as the first boot device. Then restart your computer so that it boots in from your usb .. and Ubuntu will begin installing.

Whichever you use - dvd or usb - during the installation process Ubuntu will ask you how many GB of hard drive space it should use? You do not need to physically partition the hard drive. Linux will do it for you.

If it's a desktop PC you are using with Windows on the first hard drive and are fitting a second hard drive to install Linux on, or have installed Linux on the second hard drive .. and find that Linux doesn't appear at start up, it's because there's no Linux boot loader in Windows.

I quit using Windows many years ago.

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Nov 01, 2015 | Everex IMPACT GC2500 PC Desktop

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If i install ubuntu do i need my drivers for my computer like if i reinstall windows?


If you install Ubuntu (Linux), you will need a new set of drivers for Linux, you cannot use Windows drivers.
Most will come the distribution.
If not, you must contact the manufacturers for a Linux version of the driver that will work with your version of Ubuntu.

Feb 12, 2015 | Computers & Internet

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i bought a dell latitude but it was password protected and i dont have it any suggestion


I'd put Linux on it.

UBUNTU link

That computer is about 5 years old. Linux works very well with old computers.
Takes up less space, uses less processor power to run, and comes with free versions of pretty much everything.

I don't even think a current version of windows will install on a 5 year old Dell. So you'd be stuck with out of date anti-virus and no updates.

Boot off the Ubuntu disk and just wipe windows.

TickMagnet

Aug 20, 2011 | Dell Latitude D520 - Celeron Intel Celeron...

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how to open .exe file in ubuntu operating system?


try to install wine player in ubuntu so tht u can install windows apps in linux..!!

Feb 03, 2010 | LeapFrog ClickStart My First Computer...

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Installing Linux


you can use virtual drive to install linux within windows os. you can download virtual drive for free look for virtual box version.

Dec 16, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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