Obviously needless to ask all y’all why you’re not on Linux yet, right? And let me guess the reason (there’s always a reason unless there isn’t, isn’t it?). So you only have one computer and are too stingy and/or broke to get a super cheapo secondary machine from the thrift store or Craig’s List or Gumtree or whatever. Come on, admit it, I’m not judging you. 😉 So, and on this, your one and only, computer you have a Windows running. And since you’re not a very individual person you jumped onto the Win10 bandwagon and sport now the same operating system as everybody else has as well. Correct? Ya, I know my sheeples. 🙂 And since you need a working system on your computer and don’t wanna risk losing it, you can’t/won’t just replace it with Linux.
Very wise decision, adult beyond your years. You’re doing well.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t ever use Linux and try it out and play and fall in love with it. So today, against better judgement and against my own advice, I’ll give you the special permission to dual boot your computer with Win10 and Linux Mint 19.1.
There. Best of both worlds. But how do you do that? I guess I made a writeup about how to dualboot some time ago. But now I’ve got something much better for y’all. A widdioh!
In this vid tut Christopher Barnatt explains and shows, with much care and in very detailed manner, how you can install Mint besides Windows. Both systems on the same hard drive. From now on you can decide every time when you boot up the computer which system you wanna run.
Don’t get me wrong, this is everything but perfect. It’s indeed a very compromised, bad bad solution. Not technically. But because of you puny human. 😮 You’ll end up using Win all the time and never boot into Linux because … reasons. 😦 Believe you me, I was there, and I fell into the same trap. Until my super genius husband threatened me with divorce if I didn’t kick Win off my PC and ran Linux exclusively. And what can I tell you, 2 -3 days and I was perfectly comfy in my new minty home. Never looked back.
For you guys, we’ll be soft and let you keep your Win as long as you think you need it. But don’t make the transition phase too long, ok? With Chris’ video you have the perfect tool at hand to make the Linux dream a reality. All you need is a connection to the interwebz and two USB sticks, one for a backup of your personal data and one to put the Linux installation files on.
And then you can go and do it! Boys and girls, this isn’t a “project”, nothing you need extended amounts of spare time for. Depending on your connection speed this all can easily be done inside of one hour. Yes, even by Sammie! 🙂