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    To change or not to

    My son just brought me his Toshiba Satellite laptop. It is infested with spyware and viruses. I called Toshiba. They gave me two choices. Pay them $20 to scan the computer, or informed me that there is a partition on the HD which will allow me to reinstall windows 7. I was thinking of a third alternative. Put on Ubuntu and beat the whole thing. Otherwise I will have to deal with this again and again. Can anybody think of a downside to the installation of Ubuntu. I have personally been using Ubuntu for years, and I would not go back to Windows even if I got it for nothing.

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    Re: To change or not to

    A downside to installing Ubuntu on a machine with Windows 7 on? Sure, just look through the forum and see the number of posts from people that have tried to install Ubuntu in a Windows 7 machine. Now, admittedly we get people posting problems and not posting success, but look at the problems and note the solutions and then be prepared for the same thing happening to you.

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    Re: To change or not to

    If you use Windows you should definitely run software to protect against such spyware.

    I installed Ubuntu on my Toshiba Satellite P755 (which came with Win 7) upon purchasing it. Aside from the keyboard backlight not working in Ubuntu, everything works great, and installation was easy. I've had 12.04 and 13.04 on this machine (along with a few other distros that I've installed and played with just for fun). I'm not saying it will go that smoothly for you, that's just my experience.

    You should take into consideration how your son needs to use the computer. Is it for school? Does he need to run software provided by the school (that may not run on Linux or Wine)? Does he do a lot of PC gaming?

    I know a lot of the problems people have had installing Ubuntu on Win 8 and some Win 7 machines have come from Microsoft's Secure Boot, which they now require manufacturers to include on their machines. I believe 12.04.2 and 13.04 are both equipped to deal with this problem.
    Last edited by newb85; May 25th, 2013 at 08:17 PM.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: To change or not to

    Quote Originally Posted by newb85 View Post
    If you use Windows you should definitely run software to protect against such spyware.

    I installed Ubuntu on my Toshiba Satellite P755 (which came with Win 7) upon purchasing it. Aside from the keyboard backlight not working in Ubuntu, everything works great, and installation was easy. I've had 12.04 and 13.04 on this machine (along with a few other distros that I've installed and played with just for fun). I'm not saying it will go that smoothly for you, that's just my experience.

    You should take into consideration how your son needs to use the computer. Is it for school? Does he need to run software provided by the school (that may not run on Linux or Wine)? Does he do a lot of PC gaming?
    He does nothing school related. I don't think that he plays games. His computer always get infected. He knows nothing of anti spyware or anti virus. I am looking to make it easier on myself.

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    Re: To change or not to

    I would guess that this is a 64 bit machine.

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    Re: To change or not to

    Strange question. If you want to install linux - just install it and you will see whats the problem is, or isn't. At least boot from live CD. Or we need to describe benefits?
    If you want to keep windows - reinstall it, or use liveCD antivirus for free, like DrWeb or Kaspersky LiveCD

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    Re: To change or not to

    Here's a thought:

    Install Ubuntu alongside Windows (dual-boot), and let him choose which system he prefers to use.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    If you do go the Ubuntu route don't forget to burn Windows recovery discs from that machine before you start, just in case Windows is needed by him in future. Check they work too before wiping what's on there.
    Don't overlook a backup for all his important docs, pics, tunes etc on external media. (I don't think you need to backup the malware!!)

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    Re: To change or not to

    The computers use is important to consider also. As a collage student Windows is must, so I dual boot. There has been no downside to my Ubuntu installations I simply can't use Ubuntu for all my computing needs right now.
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    Re: To change or not to

    Thanks to all for you informative replies. I have not used windows for so long that I forgot much of it. How would I go about making installation discs from the partition on the HD?

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