Re: installtion of ubuntu on a trojan horse infested hp laptop
You probably want to get Ubuntu on a USB stick using a tool named unetbootin
Download the Ubuntu iso seperately, and when done, point Unetbootin towards the iso, and make sure the drive letter specified is your USB Drive's. The USB drive should be at least 1GB in size, and should be formatted.
After unetbootin prepares the USB drive, it will ask you to reboot. Your computer (should) have an option for choosing what device to boot from on your bios screen (its one of those F* keys, like F12, F8 or something), and make it boot from USB.
Once your done testing it out, you can just click the "install ubuntu" icon on the desktop.
You can just choose to replace everything on the drive during the partitioning stage of the installer
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