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Ubuntu works very well. Like anything, it'll take a little getting used to, but there are plenty of people online who will help you if you get stuck. It's very intuitive and user friendly and has loads of free software. You should probably consider grabbing Ubuntu10.4 LTS, it is the most up to date of the LTS versions, which are the main editions. If you download the OS and burn it to a disk, make sure you burn it right, there's two ways to do it, but there's a guide on the website, it's easy enough, nothing bad happens if you do it wrong, you just waste a blank CD. Once you've got a copy, you don't need to install it, you just put it in the CD drive and restart your PC ~ you'll have an option to install or run from the Live CD. If you run it from the CD, it'll boot up from the disk and work pretty much the same as it would if you have it installed. If you like it, there's an icon on the desktop called Install, click it and you'll have the option of installing it over the top of Windows, else installing it alongside Windows. If you set it up to 'dual-boot', you'll be able to pick between Windows and Ubuntu each time you restart your machine. Ubuntu is open source, it isn't like Windows, you can just run it from a disk forever if you like, but you lose all your stuff, back to a new install, every time you restart your PC, so you'll want to install it at some point. But you can check everything is working before you switch over. Note: You'll not be able to run Windows software on a Linux PC, this includes quite a few apps that come with phones and mp3 players and stuff like that. Most things will work, some things don't, things made by HP are very good, things made by Canon are really bad for compatibility. Some Windows software runs on Linux in Wine, but a lot doesn't. You should think about stuff like that before you decide whether to keep a copy of Windows on the machine. My sister just moved to Ubuntu and loves it, but she's kept a copy of XP on there in case she needs to do something on her laptop that'll be more trouble on Linux that just restarting it in Windows. I'd be happy to try and answer questions you our your father have.
In this case you would be using it for a OS correction, because the standard OS is perhaps corrupted.
Good point, I didn't really think about that, I was too busy evangelising :) You might want to reinstall Windows from scratch, then put Ubuntu on afterwards alongside it. Or you could just come join us wholeheartedly and install Ubuntu over the top of that bag of crap nightmare OS that is Windows. Argghhh
Ubuntu Linux is a very nice operating system and you should definitely try it.
Alright I will!! However I have a question, I lost all of my files bc of the hardrive of windows xp and i need it to study for finals.... I was told there is a way to get your files back is this true? Bc you said that this is not possible.... >.< confused :P
Erm, assuming it's Windows that's messed up and not the hard drive unit itself, it should be doable. Check out this link http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/ If you need any help with it, let us know.
Alrighty!! :) Im pretty sure that i can do Ubuntu seeing as i just got help with the subject but.. i dont have a blank CD/DVD :( so im going to have to wait a while >:P but u guys have all helped me soooo much! :D thanks for it!! :)
You're welcome. Let us know how you get on.
blank cd is just like 50 cents... anyway, you can also download a USB flash drive image and boot from a flash...
I<3Fun, remember to give people medals when they're helpful :)
I know but you have to have a flash drive with 2gb of empty space... and sorry im not some computer genius so i dont have one.. and i will be buying a blank cd soon. gawd, i just didnt have one rite at that moment! :P oh and wow thats the first time i forgot not to give people a medal when they helped me! :P pooy
Actually one good solution for this matter would be a dual boot PC. You can have both systems, Windows and also Linux (Ubuntu). For that you could have 3 differente partitions. One that holds Ubuntu OS, the other one for Windows (the one of your choice, I do have Windows 7 here) and the other one for your personal data. (a data partition). Everytime you have a problem with your windows you would be able to format the (windows partition) without affecting or loosing any of your personal files. A Second solution that would work like a charm would be a 2 partition PC with ubuntu and data partition. And inside Ubuntu you could have a VirtualBox (VirtualMachine software) http://www.virtualbox.org installed. This will let you have any kind of OS running like another machine and you can make this your sandbox. I have MacOS X, Windows 7 and Android for virtualmachines for development purposes. But this is because I have this need, if its not your case just forget that second part of the answer. Anyway if you have any doubts on that email me with your bugs or problems and I'll be glad to help. Hope this could somehow help you. C ya.
Actually, that was quite helpful! :) Thank you! :) Talk to you later then!! :)
Alright guys I have to go do some stuff for my mom :P brb in like i have no idea!! >.<
oopsies P wrong place to comment
sometimes when a computer starts up, and then all of a sudden restarts itself after being on for a while, may not be due to the software OS. it could be an hardware issue.
i see carlsmith mentioned that it could be the hard drive, true, or it may even go deeper than the hard drive, like the motherboard itself. sometimes motherboards can have defective capacitors, and this can produce the problem that I<3Fun described...
@danilofpires: You can also solve this problem without dual booting. If all I<3Fun needs is her files so that she can study, she could just boot off of an Ubuntu Live CD and access her files from there without having to go through the install process. Of course this does not solve the problem of Winblows not booting, but it does give her access to the files that she needs, which be read in Ubuntu (in most cases) or can be saved to a thumb drive so they can be opened from a working Windows computer.