View Full Version : [ubuntu] installing linux on a complicated computer
June 30th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Hi, idk if this is in the right section or not but oh well. im trying to install linux on my friends computer and didn't realize til after she handed it over to me that it has a virus in windows. I am doing a system restore right now but i was wondering if linux would work if i completely got rid of the windows vista that is already on it?
June 30th, 2009, 10:45 PM
System restore does what it says so if you had a virus before your last restore it will restore it you really should remove all restore points then remove the virus by hand. if that does not work reinstall windows. I would advise dual booting till you are really sure Linux is for you Install windows 1st then Linux.
June 30th, 2009, 11:14 PM
"i was wondering if linux would work if i completely got rid of the windows vista that is already on it?"
June 30th, 2009, 11:23 PM
I'd re-install Vista ... update .... defrag .... and then install/dual-boot Ubuntu. You may also try to just clean existing Vista, update, defrag and then install Ubuntu to dual-boot.
Some references , though you may know them already ...
July 1st, 2009, 12:03 AM
i was wondering if linux would work if i completely got rid of the windows vista that is already on it?
Yes...that's kinda how my system came to run Linux.
I doubt the computer is "complicated" enough for Linux not to install, Ubuntu has pretty good out-of-box configurations and you'd be hard-pressed to find a PC that Linux doesn't install on nowadays.
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