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    Asus X551M, Windows 8.1

    Does anyone know how I can just delete Windows 8.1 from my computer and install Ubuntu. I am a little computer literate but just cant figure out how to install Ubuntu without Virtual Box.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    A couple of questions you may want to answer first before installing it on your computer:

    1. What Computer do you have? Or Make/Model? (For Example Lenevo Thinkpad T400)

    2. Which Version of Ubuntu will you be installing? Or Why can't you get it working on Virtual Box?

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    You need to create a boot DVD or boot memory stick. Then boot that with your computer. The installer has an option to erase the entire disk.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ho...untu+installer

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    I have an Asus X551M. I can't get my computer to boot from disk. I have disabled uefi. I havent installed virtual box yet. I just want to rid myself of Microsoft for good.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    Hi there.
    Before you get rid of Microsoft for good I'd suggest you make absolutely certain there's nothing you can only do with Microsoft or applications that will only run in Windows.

    I dual boot for exactly this reason.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    Quote Originally Posted by verymadpip View Post
    Hi there.
    Before you get rid of Microsoft for good I'd suggest you make absolutely certain there's nothing you can only do with Microsoft or applications that will only run in Windows.

    I dual boot for exactly this reason.
    Well if OP can install Ubuntu in VM he can do the same for Windows if he needs it. Forget about dualboot "just in case", it is a pain to maintain a dualboot with Windows 8 because you have to tiptoe around all these secure boot uefi bs. I would give OP a high five instead of a warning.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    See this thread with a similar Asus and Intel chip.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2223928

    Best to make a full image backup of Windows. Then if you want to sell system you can restore it to Windows. Or if you have some application, work, school or game that only works with Windows you have a way to restore it without having to pay for a new copy of Windows that costs almost as much as your entire computer.

    Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...0#post12611710
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
    Another suggestion by srs5694
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm


    Windows 8 UEFI repair USB must be FAT32, not for reinstall, just repairs
    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
    http://www.winhelp.us/create-a-recov...ows-8.html#USB
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/For...-166dddf32205/
    http://www.ghacks.net/2012/11/01/how...m-repair-disc/
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Best to make a full image backup of Windows. Then if you want to sell system you can restore it to Windows.
    Hmm.. that is very thoughtful but I am not sure if I sell a computer I have to put an OS on it. I am not an OEM. I sold a few either with Ubuntu or no OS, some guy got a used computer on criaglist with XP on it plus the virus and porn, ended up having to erase the whole thing. And I bet many people who sell used windows laptops on craiglist etc with bundled Office and what not got the software and probably even the OS from torrent.
    Last edited by monkeybrain20122; May 15th, 2014 at 12:26 AM.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    I took the Linux plunge back in 2008 and never looked back. I didn't back anything up (except music and documents) because everything else was discardable. The problem with dual boot is that it creates technical problems as well as psychological dependency. Dual boot PCs are obviously more likely to develop problems than 100% pure Linux systems--additional complexity assures that. Even systems that don't are a crutch that whispers "You can do it in Windows!" to those who should be looking for a native Linux solution to their problem. After a while, newcomers will simply ignore the Linux installation in favor of the more familiar Windows. I keep a Windows box around for the occasional program that requires it. Otherwise I'm pure Linux and never looked back. I don't have to worry about viruses or malware or adware or rootkits because I'm using an OS that keeps the bad guys at bay. Computing is fun again. What more could one ask for? Viva Ubuntu!
    Last edited by whitesmith; May 15th, 2014 at 12:50 AM.
    In working with *nix...There be dragons. Newcomers: I recommend reading Linux is Not Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) and The Linux Command Line (http://www.linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php) before beginning your quest for a better OS.

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    Re: Need help with Windows *.1

    Hi Ashley,

    First things first. to get rid of Windows for Ubuntu.
    Find out the boot menu or go into your Computers BIOS with either the Esc or F2 button
    Then look for any of the following:

    - Enable Boot Menu
    - Enable CSM

    And in the boot tab look for:

    - Boot Order and make the system boot CD and USB first before Hard drive
    - Disable Fast Boot

    Then F10 Save and Quit
    Then Reboot Computer and boot on to the Ubuntu and continue with install

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