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Replacing your Operating System

  • You know that Windows now uses NTFS..?

    Have no idea. Even don't know what it is... :rolleyes:

    The Linux installer can chop a piece off of an existing partition to reformat for its own use, but Windows had better not have anything in that piece because a low-level reformat can not be undone.

    You mean once it's installed, it won't be messing badly with my own private files should I place them into that partition?

    Linux files have an owner and a group, they track when they were created and not just last modified ... stuff like that.

    🆙
    (In my Windows though, I sorta have a "Created" property, too.)

    Virtualbox is a virtual machine (aka VM), it can allow you to run two different systems at the same time - not merely on the same hardware, but actually both running.

    Is it that the CPU and such things should be more powerful for that?

  • Is it that the CPU and such things should be more powerful for that?

    It helps, certainly.

    You mean once it's installed, it won't be messing badly with my own private files should I place them into that partition?

    It won't even be using that partition - but the partition will be smaller.

  • It won't even be using that partition - but the partition will be smaller.

    Would you explain, please?
    Like Kelly had two partitions. Then came Polly, and... What did Polly do?

  • Polly cut off a piece of the partition (whichever one you told her to) and reformatted it ... actually making several partitions from that piece - a swap file (Linux uses a dedicated partition for a swap file) and one for the Linux OS itself. So Kelly still has two partitions, but one is smaller than it used to be.

  • So, Kelly's apples were 200g each. Let's say they were green and red.
    He said Polly could use the green one. Polly took that, cut a piece (say, 50g) off and returned that to Kelly. The other 150 green grams Polly used for her own purposes.
    Right?

  • Will ANY new OS proceed with formatting certain space?

    What's there with the existing partition(s)? Will the new OS consider it/them upon installing and what (if) does it depend on/is it determined by?

  • Imagine that!
    Just phoned Microsoft* - they said I can't update my XP to anything any more*:doh:*
    They said I'm gonna buy anything microscopic&soft for this machine now*:XP:*
    Or else - "reserve-recovery". But it'll leave me with a ~4-year-old system status - no SP3, no any-all more or less fresh malware definitions, even I guess there won't be any patches/system updates that I've received during my use of the system...

    I guess I'm left with an imminent Linux anyway, so...
    A question: can Windows partition a USB-drive?

  • I went to Window 7 Pro x64 so I could run my older programs in XP Mode without the dual-boot hoopla.

    I also play with Linux Live CD's, I'm beginning to even question the need for Windows which is a little hard for a freelance graphic/web designer.

    I can see down the road (less than 5 years) where most things will be ported to a tablet computer.

    Think about a 17-20" tablet for creative's - close your mouth - your drooling ;}

  • Think about a 17-20" tablet

    They already exist since 2013, HP do a 21.5" Android tablet/slate.

  • Well La-di-da... good find!

    Thanks for the info 😎

    I'm thinking more along the lines of a Windows based tablet, but only time will tell...

    It's hard to replace a desktop for tablet when graphic/web design is involved.

  • Well La-di-da... good find!
    Thanks for the info 😎
    I'm thinking more along the lines of a Windows based tablet, but only time will tell...
    It's hard to replace a desktop for tablet when graphic/web design is involved.

    My wife recently replaced her Dell desktop with a Surface Pro 3 and she loves it.

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