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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: London, UK
09-06-2009, 02:09 PM
Hi Montala, 10vs don't have optical drives so a recovery DVD would only be of limited use. Mine certainly didn't come with any install disks.
There's no "secret partition" either, I'm afraid. If you look at the partitions on the standard Ubuntu install, there is an extra partition but it's because Linux prefers to have a separate "swap" partition, whereas most conventional Windows XP installations just use one big partition. It's not secret and it won't contain the data you need to install Ubuntu if you mess up a Windows installation.
That said, your best bet is to buy a cheap 1GB USB stick, download a new version of Ubuntu from Download Ubuntu | Ubuntu and follow their instructions on that site for installing it to a USB stick and making it bootable.
What size is your hard disk? It may be possible to install both operating systems (Ubuntu and Windows 7) in a dual-boot configuration. Others on here have certainly done it and you should be able to find plenty of help by using the "Search" function.
Join Date: Aug 2009
09-07-2009, 01:54 AM
I am pretty certain that Windows 7 allows you to easily create a dual boot machine. I may be wrong, but when you boot from the disc it gives you an option to create a partition and dual boot.
I know all windows discs let you create partitions, but I am pretty sure Win 7 has a decent wizard when making a dual boot machine.
Join Date: Sep 2009
09-08-2009, 06:48 AM
Thank you guys for the replies, I installed Windows 7 and it works awsome! It's faster than Ubuntu. I'm so so happy, but there's a new thing. I can hear it's sound. Okay, I know, every machine makes some noice, but I've never heard the noice of my Mini before yesterday. It's not a big deal, but I can hear the HDD working and the ventilator too. They are relatively quiet, but it's new to me. Yesterday it bumped against something on the bus (not so much, I couldn't hear that) and maybe that's the cause. Or the Windows 7. I really don't know. Anyone has an idea? Thanks!
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