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Duel booting

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by KeenanvhAs, Sep 14, 2018.

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  1. KeenanvhAs

    KeenanvhAs Thread Starter

    Sep 14, 2018
    Hi, i need help with my pc

    Someone i know gave me a pc and it came with linux mint installed on it but i dont know if it previously had any windows software on it. I want to install windows 7 on it or possiblyduel boot windows 7 and linux mint on the same pc because i dont really understand linux.
    Can you please help me
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Have you checked the PC or motherboard manufacturer's web site to determine if there are Windows 7 drivers for this PC?

    Do you have a legitimate genuine Windows 7 installation DVD or USB flash drive that you can use?
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    If that's a factory-brand computer, what is its brand name and model name and model number and serial number?
    If that's a self-built computer, what is the brand name and model number of its motherboard?

    Does it have a Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker on it with a Windows version?
    If it does, what is the exact Windows version on it?

  4. tecknurd


    May 28, 2018
    If you don't have any valuable data on the drive. All you need to do is just install Windows. Go through Windows advanced options to get rid of all partitions that are related to Linux. After installing Windows, you are required to install drivers. If you don't know what hardware your computer has, Linux does come with programs that provide you with information about the hardware. Install lshw using Synaptic Package Manager and run lshw using a terminal program like gnome-terminal, konsole, rxvt, xterm. Another system information utility that you can install is dmidecode. The following is how to run lshw and dmidecode.

    Only 2 and 10 of the tips is all you need.

    Use a flash drive to download the drivers for the hardware. Then start Windows install.

    Setting up a dual boot with Windows and Linux is harder than it is. Then managing the dual boot is a different set of problems. You can say that Windows will have a "duel" with Linux with dual booting.

    If all you do on your computer is email, web browsing (without flash), Netflix, watch movies (not Blu-ray), Office documents, Linux will work just fine. If you don't have a legit copy of Windows, Linux can get your computer functioning instead of being a metal paperweight until you get Windows.
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