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How do I change from Windows 10 to Linux?

by Heidi Carroll / January 16, 2016 7:41 PM PST

Just purchased a Lenovo Yoga 2 11 with Intel N3540 2.16G CPU, 4G RAM, 500GB HDD and Windows 10 Home OS. It is a nice little laptop. I like that it can be used as a laptop. It is a nice size, not too heavy, not too big, not too small ... But it is unbelievably S-L-0-W! I know that Windows is a beast using enormous amounts of resources. I'd like to Replace my Windows 10 OS with Linux Ubuntu. I understand that Ubuntu will be much faster, use fewer resources, and will not be too difficult to learn. My question is, how do I do this? I understand that I need to download the Linux OS with a boot file onto a disk (SD card in this case). Where can I acquire this file then how do I go about replacing Windows?

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Clarification Request
Before you change to Linux
by itsdigger / January 19, 2016 3:00 AM PST

I would make a system Image of Windows 10 .
What would you do if you decided that you didn't like Linux ?
I might even suggest that you purchase a new Hard drive or Solid State Drive and keep Windows on the original Just In Case.

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do the following
by renegade600 / January 16, 2016 8:36 PM PST
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As far as speed is concern,
by Oldartq / January 18, 2016 10:31 AM PST
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Linux distros
by James Denison / January 18, 2016 10:35 AM PST


Each distro has it's own particular method of installation. I'd advise checking each distro forum site for their tutorial on how to do it.

Also on Youtube there are very many videos on installing the most popular distros.

I'd advise the following distros be checked first before making a decision.
Ubuntu, Mint with MATE or Cinnamon desktop, Zorin, Mageia, Manjaro and also Spatry's version of Manjaro (find Spatry on Youtube).

You can order disc from for most distros and not have to worry about "burning image" to DVD from the ISO file. Realize you must "burn image" and not "burn file" when using ISO to make DVD bootable.



Ubuntu vs Mint, side by side comparison

Zorin 10

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usb boot and more
by Croco529 / January 19, 2016 1:42 AM PST
In reply to: Linux distros
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I'd probably do two things
by Steven Haninger / January 22, 2016 4:51 PM PST

I'd leave the HD alone and get another to use for Linux. Park the Windows drive in case you change your mind later. You said your laptop is slow with Windows. That's often due to enormous resources used by startup programs. Laptops can come with all kinds of unnecessary utilities that gobble RAM. I'd say your 4G is probably thin for Windows 10 so doubling that and working to remove unneeded startup programs would probably improve your Windows performance. I have a couple of laptops around that run Windows but I have spare drives I can insert and run Linux as well. They don't cost that much. Have fun.

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Lenovo Pains
by theNetnest / February 6, 2016 1:10 PM PST

I've had pains trying to get Lenovo to boot off Linux CDs.
Perhaps it was a BIOS thing for that model.
Thing is, if your Lenovo can't boot a live linux CD or USB drive, then you may be sunk.
The smart thing to do is get a humungus drive, image/mirror your old drive onto your new one and then try. For notebooks that means two adapters for your notebook drives and the used of a desktop.
You will need to use something like the GParted live cd and resize the NTFS partition if you don't have any free empty unpartitioned space on the new drive.
Then the linux you choose to install will be much easier. Most distros will ask if you want to automatically set up linux on unpartitioned space.
That's much easier if you are not sure what to do.
Remember you will be rewriting the boot sector when it installs the GRUB boot loader.
If this fails on your only drive then you will loose the ability to boot your computer into Win10.

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PS Lenovo Pains
by theNetnest / February 6, 2016 1:16 PM PST
In reply to: Lenovo Pains

Should have looked up the model first.
Yep you are probably stuck with USB boot since USB DVDs had problems booting pretty much everything I tried linux a while back.

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(NT) Change from Windows to Linux
by pfwjr / January 22, 2017 9:17 AM PST
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How to change to linux
by transposed_messenger / January 28, 2017 11:12 PM PST

First, pick out a distro. For a lightweight system, Lubuntu will make your slow laptop into a fast and crisp system.

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install Linux step by step
by apacheserver / January 31, 2017 12:41 AM PST

you can install linux on you physical machine or virtual machine
if you are new you can start with virtual machine
or install it beside windows 10

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Post was last edited on January 31, 2017 1:23 AM PST

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Lubuntu works too
by transposed_messenger / February 11, 2017 8:13 PM PST

Also worth checking out: lubuntu (lightweight ubuntu)

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Migrate from Windows to Linux
by LarHS / January 19, 2018 8:20 AM PST

Use iwlnx -
It is a simple migration and you can dual boot windows.

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