here come the long-awaited second part of how you can have the best of both worlds on your one and only computer (something I wouldn’t recommend and only showing it for the poor people among you who can’t even afford a 10 years-old cheapo computer from the Goodwill Store).
Anyhoo on with the show: I still haven’t achieved to connect my “new” Windows powered machine to the internet. So I’ll leave the part of troubleshooting and failing out of this post. I assume you’re all connected to the world wide webz, right? So, this is how you proceed from here on out:
- Surf to this page: https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=256. It brings you directly to the download of Linux Mint 19 Mate. Yes, I’ve decided to cut the crap. Mate is what we will use since it’s the bestest desktop environment for when you’re coming fresh from Windows. Shut up! No, of course you may use Xfce or Cinnamon, the method of installing them as a Dual Boot system is the same.
- Of course you gotta chose the most reliable server, closest to your location. The ISO file you get is for 64-bit processors, so if you got an older machine or want to try Mint with Cinnamon or Xfce desktop, go back to the start page: https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
- Once you got the ISO file downloaded onto your machine, save it somewhere and then burn it onto a blank writable or rewriteable DVD. Or, if you know how to do it, create a USB thumbdrive with the Mint ISO on it. Sorry, I’ve no fukn idea how to do it in Windows, so I’d make a DVD. They are bootable anyway, so all you gotta do is changing the boot order in your BIOS/UEFI thing.
- Once you’ve got your boot medium ready, it’s time to save all your data with a thorough Backup! I can’t stress the importance of a backup enough. Computers can go to hell, they are cheap to replace. Your data is what it’s all about. You don’t wanna lose any of it. So put that stuff on an external drive or another USB-stick or wherever you Backup your data to.
- Done? Ok, then it’s time to put the stick into the USB slot or put the DVD into the drive and restart your computer. It should boot from either the stick or DVD, depending on what medium you decided on.
- From this live environment you have basically two options: You can use it as is, which is rather slow and won’t allow you to save any changes and files you create. So we ignore that crap and behave like the spoiled Linux brats we are … and click on <Install Linux Mint>.
- Next you gotta decide on your language. Orca usually choses Deutsch (that’s German for you, not Dutch), but for blogging purposes I go with the lingua franca and clicker on <English> and continue … OMG, so much English, so many confusion. I decide for the real English and clicker on <English (UK)>.
- Next window pops up, <Install third-party software> … Yes, we want all that shit. It’s important. So check the box if it isn’t already ticked.
- Now comes the most important decision you’ll ever have to make:
Install Linux Mint alongside Windows: Yes! Check dat ding! That’s what makes the Dual Boot!
Erase disk and install Linux Mint: Usually yes, but since you’re a n00b you don’t clicker that.
Encrypt the new Linux Mint installation for security: Wot??? No!
Use LVM and gobbledigook: Nope!
Something else: The installation won’t supply you with donuts … so yet another No!
Okay, you now should have one radio button clicked … and only one. Now <Continue>.
(I swear I made a screenshot of this cruicial part of the installation. Can’t find it no more.)
- In this box you can decide how much space you wanna give each of your systems. I can’t decide for you but please keep in mind that Linux uses way less space than Windows, so you might give that old Microsoftware more space. The operation is really simple, just place your mouse in between the two boxes (ntfs) and (ext4) and push it back and forth. Simples. Once you’re satisfied with your handiwork klik on <Install Now>.
- Next apears a little box that warns you of all the bad shit that may happen. We ignore that and <Continue>.
(Lost another photo here.)
- Next a nice worldmap appears and should show your location. Is that ok? Right timezone? Ok, then <Continue>.
- Now it’s important that you know and remember your name. Or that of your avie or your granny’s or … fill in some bullshit. This ain’t Windows, you’re not liable for providing true data. I usually check <Log in automatically> but again, for blog purposes I pretend to be, like, a responsible adult and klik on <Require my password to log in>. All the things I do for you.
- Now we wait. 😉 You may go and brew a coffee but don’t stray too far off. A usual Linux install goes plenty faster than the same shit in Windows. Mint isn’t even a speedy installer, yet faster than Windblows.
- Once finished you may <Continue Testing> with the same disadvantages as before the installation … or better <Restart Now>!
- The system will remind you to Remove the Installation Medium and then restart.
This is the infamous Dual Booting. You’ve got Linux on top and Windows at the bottom. The other options are insignificant for now. If you don’t decide quickly for Windows the machine will continue to start up in Linux by itself … Good, very good. That’s where we wanna be anyway, no?
- From above Welcome Screen you wanna chose <First Steps> and follow all the options there. I’ll do a special post about that stuff if needed.
- Next up is your first update. See that little shield icon on the right side of the Panel? Cool. Klick it! And confirm with <OK>.
That’s it! You are now the proud owner of two operating systems on one machine. Congratz. Now see to it that you’ll get the hang of Linux quite quickly and become the most awesome version of yourself possible. And then … get rid of the Microsoft Schmutz!
EDIT: Astonishingly – and typically for Microsoft – I had no problem connecting the PC to the interwebz … as soon as I had Linux installed. And why, the fuk, should one have any probs with that anyway? All your credentials, your name, password, customer number and account are all saved in the modem/router, so usually you just have to plug in your machine and Bob’s your uncle. When connecting via WiFi you just punch in your password, so even that is easy. Obviously not so in Windows.