First off, I just want to thank you for reading this!
I'm a bit of a Linux noob (and by "a bit" I mean "a massive" ) and I need some help here.
Not only does Ubuntu not recognise my graphics card (there is apparently no workaround, I've checked), but it also doesn't work with many Steam games, or XNA based games.
I also have problems getting it to boot sometimes, as sometimes it doesn't recognise either the graphics card or built in graphics.
Basically, I want to reinstall Windows 7 (the OS that shipped with my laptop) parallel to Ubuntu.
Although Ubuntu has it's merits, I occasionally need to go back to Windows due to:
- Software incompatibility (that can't be fixed by WINE)
- Unusable game library (the steam games that I have don't work with Ubuntu)
- Time Constraints (Ubuntu has lots of problems on my machine and is often slow due to incompatible hardware)
- Work requirements (I often need to program things in languages that do not function on Ubuntu)
Basically, I want Windows 7 on my machine so I can use the basic functions that I am unable to perform on Ubuntu.
Unfortunately, a new laptop that is more "Ubuntu-Compatible" is out of the question, as this laptop was both expensive and next to new.
I don't want to waste my money just because I didn't plan on Linux systems.
THE MAIN QUESTION:
I don't have the Install Disk for windows 7. However, I do have the license and serial for it.
Is it legal to torrent the .ISO of Windows 7, burn it to a disk, and install it using my (legal) serial?
Would this remove Ubuntu and all my files? If so, is there a way to prevent this?
BTW, I am using an HP-DM4. If anyone knows of a place I can download the Windows kernel with my drivers (e.g., stock HP-DM4 .ISO), please let me know. I couldn't find anything like that when I searched, but I am sure that I have seen it somewhere...
Thanks again for your time.
As a Ubuntu/Linux noob, I really appreciate it!
Andrew McKee (AMcKee)