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Can i download a version of windows free to boot from usb

Have a desktop with linux want to install windows but no disk can i download a version of windows to a usb or cd to install windows on this pc

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There are ways. Google "windows bootable flash drive".

However, there is no legal way to download a free copy of windows.

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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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How to make bootable USB Flash Drive with puppy linux installed on it


Hello!Almost everyone has problems with booting up. Sometime we have some valuable information on our hard drive and we can't boot up, can't start windows and can't transfer our files. There comes question: Can I somehow save my files in safe place? What can I do?One of the easiest way to solve this problem is to create USB Bootable Flash Drive. So we can boot up. then we have to transfer files from our corrupted hard drive to USB Flash Drive.
All you need is:1) USB Flash Drive2) Health (other pc) running on windows3) Software
So let's start!START HEALTH PC.First of all you have to download same small linux distribution. Puppy linux is excellent for this job. And it's FREE, simple, and exremally SMALL. You can Download Puppy linux from the following link:http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htmNote: When I wrote tutorial latest version of puppy was 5.2.0. But don't panic if our version differs from the 5.2.0. The principe of installing is Same
After downloading we have to download software to make USB Flash Drive bootable and to install Puppy Linux on USB. This software is UnetBootIn(Universal NetBoot Installer). You can download it from here:http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-windows-latest.exe
Plug in your USB.Now start UnetBootIn.Take a look at picture below:mirushaki.png
Note that Drive letter Is the letter for USB you plugged in. For checking go to My computer.
And click OK
wait a while and you are done when it asks for rebooting click Exit. rebooting isn't necessary.
FOR DOWNLOADING AND INSATALLING PUPPY ON USB WE USE HEALTH PC.
Now plug usb in corrupted PC and start the corrupted PC.When it starts, immediatelly press repeatedly ESC for (for asus EEE PC), F8(for some other computers) or F12. Try these keys. Then there comes window that askes you to select bootable device. Choose your USB.then there will come up Puppy Linux boot manager. Don't press anything let's see if puppy starts aotomatically, If not, restart pc, repeat the procedures above and when Puppy boot manager comes up press F3.Then type text below and press Enter:"puppy PMEDIA=usbflash" (or "puppy PMEDIA=usbhd" for USB Hard Drive).And puppy linux will start.NOTE: if it asks about language and time zone, also resolution select with your mind, but make sure that 22" LCD monitor resolution isn't too small(800X600)!)mirushaki.jpg

Now browse for files you want copy them to USB by Drag and Drop method and you are DONE! Now your info is in safe place.
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My ASUS K55a Notebook does not recognize my HDD as a boot drive, so cannot boot to Win 7. Any solution?


Sounds like a HD fault. Can you enter BIOS ? Does the computer makes any sounds ? Does the computer get to ASUS logo screen and say loading windows and fail ? no solution but you might try the following:
remove the HD as per the relevant ASUS manual (user or service).
Run a test on the HD from another computer, having put it in caddy with USB capability, HDTune v2.55 Error scan, or SeaTools for Windows (do not repair anything) [free downloads, sarch te internet for download sites]. Does the disk appear damaged ? If that computer supports from boot from USB you may try that too.
Also you may try booting from the original disk mounted in a caddy, having chosen boot from USB in the BIOS. You can also try booting from a known good disk with an os, one of the versions of the versions of windows, or having installed Linux (which is free) [which can also boot from a CD or a memory stick] . if your notebook can boot from a different disk then your HD is probably faulty.

Note that this is only one set of courses of actions that you may follow, and it requires some degree of technical knowledge or a willingness to learn.

If you have any problems post in this thread again and hopefully someone will answer.

Else. go to ASUS support, email them or use chat.

All this presupposes you have access to another computer :(

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Uninstall os linux ubuntu 13.10 from my laptop


Are you dual booting? Windows and Ubuntu? What version of Windows? You maybe able to reclaim the space by using the Disk Management (right click "My Computer" select Manage then select Disk Management). In there you will see NTFS for your Windows partitions, and something like Unknown for the linux ones, you can then delete the linux partition and possibly extend your NTFS partition to use the free space (depending on version of windows).
If this is a standalone Ubuntu install, you should be able to just use the installer disk for another OS and boot it to reformat the drive.
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Partition 320gb hard disk xp


If you remove the hard drive from the computer and convert it into a desktop hard drive you would have to go into the bios settings and change the boot-up order from dvd or hard drive to usb. Check first that your computer can actually BOOT from usb (look in the bios settings to see if this option is listed). Depending on the age of the computer you may not have the boot from usb option.
I don't use Mac. Never used one. However, I do use Linux. On a partitioned hard drive Linux can 'see' into Windows and you can transfer things from Windows into Linux. However, Windows can't 'see' into Linux at all. Windows knows that the linux partition is there but just can't access it. This is normal.
It would appear that your computer is more or less doing the same, for whatever reason, even though it was working fine a while ago.
Maybe Linux would be able to access the Mac side of things in your computer? I don't honestly know. But it would be able to access the Windows 7 side of things. Why not try a 4th partition with Linux on?
Linux Ubuntu is a free download. Download the image, burn it to dvd and then restart your computer. It will give you the option of either using the entire hard drive for installation, or putting it in its own partition. You can also install Ubuntu on a usb pen and boot your computer from that (if you have the boot from usb in your bios settings). More information and download is available at http://www.cavalrystorage.com/download.aspx
It may be the actual usb port that is worn, not the cable. The front ports on my desktop are so worn as to be unuseable

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You can find UBUNTU here. And LINUX MINT here.
The BOTH can be installed via installation DVD and for both also you can TRY BEFORE INSTALL, meaning you can run the version of LINUX LIVE, taste and test it before you will install it on your hard drive.

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I would recommend installing Linux Mint LXDE, Cinnamon or KDE, which is a free OS available for free download from http://linuxmint.com Cinnamon and KDE are full featured, XFCE is streamlined and slightly faster and a better choice for older computers with less memory and/or storage space. All versions come with Firefox and LibreOffice full Office Suite, capable of saving and reading files in the popular MS Office formats like .doc, .docX, .ppt and xls.

Linux comes with almost everything necessary to begin using the computer immediately after installing the OS.

To install it on a netbook or notebook computer, I'm assuming you don't have a DVD optical drive so you have to install it from a USB thumb drive. If you have a DVD optical drive, I would still recommend installing it from the USB thumb drive, ... it's more reliable and less prone to failures from trying to burn a DVD on old, dirty or out-of tolerance equipment.

First download the .iso file on another computer. If you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit, you can use the 32-bit for both, or try the 64-bit - if that doesn't work, use the 32-bit.

Use a free program to create a bootable USB using the .iso file. (You can't just copy the file to the USB drive) ... I'd recommend using Active ISO Burner from NTFS.com ... here's the download link ... http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm (You should be using at least an 8 GB size thumb drive).

Once you've created the bootable USB drive from the .iso file, you should be able to insert it and start the computer and see the Linux Mint startup screen. It will come up in LIVE mode, without installing itself, so you can try it out.

If you want to install it, make sure you are connected to the Internet and have your AC power adapter plugged in.

If the computer doesn't come up with the Linux screen, you probably just need to reset your BIOS boot order so it boots from the USB driver first. Plug in the USB drive and start the computer. Look of instructions for set up or boot order, usually pressing F2 while the computer is starting. Follow the directions to move the USB to the top of the boot devices, i.e. about the hard drive. Save changes and restart the computer. It should now boot from the USB. If you have trouble doing this or burning the bootable USB, you might have a geek friend or relative that can help or do it for you.

When the LIVE mode comes up, it displays the Linux desktop with an Install icon. If you double click the Install Icon you will begin the installation process and just follow the simple prompts and create a password when prompted.

Linux never requires anti-virus and does not become infected. You can visit the main http://linuxmint.com website and download the .PDF manual if you are interested.

Your computer is probably 64-bit, but if not, there is also a 32-bit version available for download.

The image shown below is from my Acer and is Linux Mint KDE, which is also available from the same website and similar to LXDE, but more full-featured. All Google programs I know of are available for Linux, since Google uses 100% Linux. Android is Linux also.

Once you install your Linux, you'll want to run the Update Manager to get the latest updates.

On my Acer netbook I have 3 Linux OS's installed. Linux Mint Cinnamon 64-bit, Linux Mint KDE Cinnamon 64-bit and Linux Mint XFCE 64-bit. I select the OS I want at startup when the computer starts.

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