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Can I Try Linux Without Messing Up Settings Of Xp?


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#1 tekchallenged

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:22 AM

Since joining here, I've read about Linux and I wouldn't mind having a play with it. I understand that I can run it from a CD or do a dual installation, but will it hijack or change anything on my computer which will stop it working or which will be difficult to figure out how to get back the way it is now? (I don't mind playing and not getting it to work, but I don't want to mess up what I do have....) Thanks.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 04:21 AM

If you use a live cd you have nothing to worry about. It will not do anything to your installed os. If you install linux to your hard drive you will have to partition the hard drive first and then install linux to that partition. I would just try knoppix live cd first to see how you like linux. It has everthing you need to get started with learning. I have linux and windows on my laptop. I used to knoppix cd and went on from there.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 04:28 AM

If you use a live cd you have nothing to worry about. It will not do anything to your installed os.

Thanks, will it leave my printer and firefox and everything else alone, too?
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 04:50 AM

If you have at least 256MB of RAM the Live Linux flavors can boot to a RAM Drive and burn all data to CD\DVD without even touching your hard drive. You can even use it on a computer without a hard drive.

I like Puppy Linux Multi-Session for this type of operation. I can use it on any computer (almost) and not worry about changing the computer data.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 09:46 AM

Thanks. I have 512MB ram on here - I'll have a look at the puppy site.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 10:39 AM


If you use a live cd you have nothing to worry about. It will not do anything to your installed os.

Thanks, will it leave my printer and firefox and everything else alone, too?


Your Printer, and Firefox settings will not be touched by ANY Linux distro. Each distro has its own Printer, and Firefox settings. Which are kept separate.

Linux installs onto a separate "partition". If Windows could read it, it would show up as another hard drive (D:\. or G:\, etc...). So aside from shrinking the Windows C: drive (Which carries a 2% chance of erasing Windows), Linux and Windows never touch.

Puppy Linux will not affect your data, and will run faster than Knoppix, but it won't give you the full impression of Linux.

Try the Distro test.
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#7 tekchallenged

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 11:00 AM

Thanks

So aside from shrinking the Windows C: drive (Which carries a 2% chance of erasing Windows), Linux and Windows never touch.


Is it just the "shrinking" process which might erase Windows that you are referring to? That's just Windows you are talking about, not all of the other stuff that's on the computer? Can I put Linux on my external hard drive and run it from there? (Sorry for all of the questions - I like to find out what's going on before I do anything...)
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:22 PM

moving or resizing the partitions always carries some risk. And it would delete everything on that drive it it failed.

If your computer supports booting from USB, you may be able to run Linux from that HD. Not something I have personally done, nor would really suggest.

If all you want to do is just see how it works and get a feel for things, I would really suggest just using a Live CD. I prefer Knoppix.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 02:39 PM

check this out. you can run linux and windows at the same time.
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Posted 09 April 2007 - 05:16 PM

I have recently tried Puppy Linux as a result of reading the forums here. Like you I was nervous that it would stuff up my window setting.

I had absolutely no problems what so ever - printer, firefox the whole lot works.

Edited by The Gorilla, 09 April 2007 - 05:17 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2007 - 03:14 AM

Thanks everyone, I'm going to try out Puppy (The site is easy to understand - the author's teaching background is obvious - and I like the dog :thumbsup:). Thanks Gorilla, that's reassuring.
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