I am new to Linux (an alternative Operating System to replace Windows), and am trying to install it on a netbook at the moment. I just started this discussion so that people can find out how to do it until a better guide becomes available.

My netbook has 1GB Memory and plenty of hard drive space.

Here is what I did:

The file is called linuxmint-16-xfce-dvd-32bit.iso and is 1,176,576 KB (1.2gb)

The file is called unetbootin-windows-585.exe and is 5,071 KB

  • I Ran UNetbootin and selected the mint ISO as the file. It only took a few minutes to set it up, and it is now a bootable disk which works fine.

(Make sure your computer looks for the USB in the boot sequence, this can be selected in the BIOS, which can be accessed as your computer starts up first. It usually tells you which button to press during start-up, such as DEL or F1 or something)

When you start up the computer with the new Linux USB inserted, it will start in the Linux Mint environment instead of Microshit Windows.

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I can boot up fine with the USB inserted, that's grand, but it took me ages to find the other files on the USB, they were in the CDROM folder.

Also, I am trying to install Mint from the USB onto the net-book Hard Drive, as a permanent Operating System, while keeping the option of booting to Windows.

Its asking me about Hard-Drive Partitions, but its not very clear to someone who isn't familiar with Linux, its fairly technical. I have partitioned PCs before, but I want to keep the Windows files where they are, not delete them.

I include a few screens so you see what I'm talking about ...

I chose the "something else" option You can see some of the options disappeared when I selected a different drive

Then when I clicked "install now" .....

Any help would be very much appreciated, thanks.

I forgot to mention, this is the screen that appears if I can press the "New Partition Table" button ....

Disappointing - I ran Mint from the USB a few times today, and it does not keep my settings. It also does not keep any new software I install. It is nice to use but frustrating to lose everything I download and install.

Crashes - After I ran Mint off the USB, and then my 64bit dell studio laptop failed to start up in Windows. Among the errors it complained about was, broken registry, disk too hot, and bad sectors. I just spent the past two hours putting it right and now I have a pain in my arse with it.

I ran Wine and Glary's RegRepair - only 4 issues - did not fix

I eventually ran Ubuntu from another USB, which told me about the disk errors - Windows started fine after that, for some reason.

Unless this issue is cleared up, I will never touch Mint Xfce again.

Okay, I am making a fresh USB boot disk, this time using YUMI usb creator to make it http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

It allows more than one Distribution of Linux, as options to boot from.

If I disappear off the internet, you can assume my computer is trashed and I threw it out the window.

Other releases and previous versions http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php

I think I will try version 13 on the netbook and the pc.

Hi Spirality, this guy gives a pretty good example of what to do, fast forward 5.30 or so to get to the area that you need. Back up you files to an external drive to be safe.Use the latest version of Mint which is 16 the older one's will be the same install, good luck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KNK8OXIFyQ

Thanks Pineal, i keep forgetting about video tutorials.

Mint 13 Cinnamon review http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-mint-maya.html

At first glance, its a little harder to use than version 16, but is supported until 2017

Pineal of the Clan is fairly well up on Linux, he installed on my computer, I will let him know about your post.

Am downloading Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon (64 bit) from http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=204

Another useful Linux link http://distrowatch.com/

Thanks to the nice people at Revolution Radio http://www.freedomslips.com/newchat/live.htm

A few links for making a Bootable System Disk for USB or DVD or CD, using an ISO file.

Windows 7 Operating System

ISO file torrent links from http://mirror.corenoc.de/digitalrivercontent.net/ 

If your computer is 64 bit, then select the 64 bit operating system

There are no OEM keys in these links, you might find some in the comments on torrentz or online

(torrent client)

Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate x86  (torrent) (copy

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate x64  (torrent) (copy

Windows 7 32-bit Professional x86 (torrent) (copy

Windows 7 64-bit Professional x64 (torrent) (copy

Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium x86 (torrent) (copy

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium X64 (torrent) (copy)

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