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Windows 7: i need help get me away from linux

30 Jan 2010   #1
rpg217

lunix mint
 
 
i need help get me away from linux

i downloaded lunix because i had no money for windows big big mistake i will never do that again but then i found a 90day trial for windows 7 and i wanted to try it out but no ive worked out thay my cd drive has gone down bummer so basicly i wanna download windows7 trial but is there any way of putting it onto a memory stick to install like that


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30 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Be sure to use Custom>Drive Tools to delete fully the other OS, create a New Partition, and format before install.

Clean Install Windows 7
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30 Jan 2010   #3
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've sat down with a few Linux releases, thinking I'm going to figure out how the hell to use it, and within half an hour I give up. I prefer clicking an icon to get stuff to run, and not having to memorise a load of code.
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02 Feb 2010   #4
rpg217

lunix mint
 
 

so far nothing here has halped me any other sujestions
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02 Feb 2010   #5
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rpg217 View Post
so far nothing here has halped me any other sujestions
The first reply should have done.
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02 Feb 2010   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
I've sat down with a few Linux releases, thinking I'm going to figure out how the hell to use it, and within half an hour I give up.
Learning Linux is going to take a lot longer than 30 minutes. It's far different from Microsoft Windows and certainly does take time to learn and troubleshoot to the point where you can become proficient at it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
I prefer clicking an icon to get stuff to run, and not having to memorise a load of code.
With most versions of Linux, like Ubuntu, you can do just about everything within the GUI and clicking on icons.

However, you will often see online documentation using command line commands as these make it EXTREMELY EASY for documentation purposes. For examples, I find it much easier to type, sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras...then to click on System, Configuration, Synaptic Package Manager, click on Search, type in ubuntu-restricted-extras, right click on it, choose Mark for Install, click on Apply....yadda, yadda, yadda.

Plus, if you write up a documentation guide for newbies, they can simply cut and paste exactly what you have written and are assured to get it right every single time, versus trying to walk them through the GUI.
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02 Feb 2010   #7
beauparc

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I agree with pparks1, or at least mostly

I've dabbled with Linux for several years but always given up in frustration.

I installed Ubuntu 9.10 a few weeks ago and love it. It is almost all GUI, with little or no need to do any typing at all. Last night, wanting to join a few Youtube videos into a short movie I thought I would have to copy them over to my Win7 disk and use my usual video editor.

With Ubuntu I clicked on System - software mananger - typed "movie editor" and was immediately offered the installation of a movie editor. I clicked on the arrow alongside and within 30 seconds, the editor was downloaded, installed and running. A couple of minutes later I had dragged the files onto the video line, selected render and my movie was complete.

So, in the last few weeks the only words I have had to type were "movie editor" and "startup manager" - to alter the default OS in GRUB.

I am starting to use it more and more, mainly for casual web browsing and messing around. It is so much faster than Win7. The only drawback is thet some programmes are not up to the same standard as commercial windows software.

Oh yeah, one other thing....25 seconds boot to a fully working machine and 5 seconds to shutdown
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02 Feb 2010   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you want to put Windows 7 on a thumb drive, follow Greg's suggestion above. He really knows what he is talking about.
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02 Feb 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've been using Linux for about 10 years now....and pretty heavily in the last 8 years or so. Most of my experience is configuring servers at work....and I run all of these without a GUI and do everything from the command line.

I think it's great to have an alternative to Windows for doing things. If nothing else, it's important to know what else is possible out there without just settling for whatever you are given when you pay for and license a copy of Windows.

It's also extremely convenient to play with in a virtual environment as the VM software is free and so are the Linux distros...so you don't have to pay any money up front to get a real solid look at the system.

But there is a learning curve and for many it's quite steep. Don't expect to just sit right down and master it in 1 afternoon. Also, expect that you will have to find (or will want to find) suitable replacements for the Windows software that you currently use....as EXE's and such simply don't work under Linux.

With all the above said, I'm not a "1 way or the highway" guy with respect to Windows and Linux. I use and support both and both have a purpose and a better fit. But to not know anything about Linux is simply to eliminate that as an option and that I find unfortunate.
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02 Feb 2010   #10
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I agree with pparks. I got into Ubuntu 6 months ago. It good to use a live cd first and mess around before installing. I don't think it's bad per say, but I can't see myself using it everyday. I enjoy messing with it. Luckily I have some old PCs I have installed Ubuntu onto and mess with it when I feel like learning something new.

The live cd is a great thing for linux
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