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Going from Linux to Windows XP Pro


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#1 robin732

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 01:07 AM

I have a friend that has a computer with Linux on it and he wants to wipe the hard drive and install Windows XP Pro, is this a very hard thing to so (something that he can do himself) or should he take it to a Linux professional to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 01:33 AM

no, all he should have to do is boot in the XP pro cd, set the bios options to boot from cd/dvd, and when it loads up its very easy, step by step. it will go to the partition manager where he should just delete all the partitions until there is only one partition (unless he wants more) this will delete linux from the computer, then choose that one to install to, and the rest is extremely easy. the one good thing about windows is its very user friendly.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 01:44 PM

the one good thing about windows is its very user friendly.

Provided the user doesn't want to actually DO anything... *grumble*

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 03:32 PM

the one good thing about windows is its very user friendly.

Linux is no less user friendly, just pickier about who its friends are.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:06 PM

Linux is no less user friendly, just pickier about who its friends are.

:thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet: :inlove: I like it!

User: Will you be my friend, Linux? :cool:
Linux: Gee... I dunno... Are you cool enough for me?
User: I think so... :)
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 01:23 AM

the one good thing about windows is its very user friendly.

Linux is no less user friendly, just pickier about who its friends are.



lol depends on the version for me, opensuse had all the tools i liked but it was difficult to figure out, Ubuntu is extremely easy to use buuut doesnt have my tools, and fedora hates me so ya I guess it is pretty picky. and lol@ the windows being user friendly unless you want to do something with it that is so true. :D

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 03:19 PM

Ubuntu has access to all the tools available to any other Linux distro. You just gotta install 'em, is all.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:27 PM

.....the one good thing about windows is its very user friendly

It does not make you to think.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:04 PM

Ubuntu has access to all the tools available to any other Linux distro. You just gotta install 'em, is all.


and you gotta pay for them it wouldnt let me play my music CDs without paying for the proper codecs. im sure I could find them for another version of linux free and install them but im not that linux knowledgeable.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 11:55 PM

and you gotta pay for them it wouldnt let me play my music CDs without paying for the proper codecs. im sure I could find them for another version of linux free and install them but im not that linux knowledgeable.


Pay for Codecs???? I've never done that. Ubuntu has all the codecs you could ever want in its repos (proprietary and Open source) thats one of the reasons Ubuntu takes some heat from FOSS purists.

As for not having the tools in Ubuntu that you have in other Distros, one word, alien. Alien changes .rpm packages to .deb and vice versa (along with a few other package types). As a Fedora user who switched to Ubuntu this was my saving grace (since one of my favorite apps was only available as an .rpm).

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:45 AM

well, when I tried to use the auto update in ubuntu 8.10 it said I had to pay for the codecs.other then that ive really liked Ubuntu. I liked OpenSuSe a bit more, it just seemed more powerful and it came with all the tools no need to search the entire internet nad install them all it came with it.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:48 PM

Sounds fishy to me.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:07 PM

fishy or not, thats what it said.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:04 PM

http://www.medibuntu.org/ <---Codecs and such for *buntu all for free!

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:15 PM

ummm that was just a site saying some of the codecs are free and some of them arnt. . .

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