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Hello Everyone,
Using Lenovo G585 Laptop and Firefox 60.0.l1. with 32 bit - OOPs! EDIT -Sorry, I'm writing this on my desktop that has 32 bit, my laptop is 64 bit - pardon the error.!)

My laptop with my nemesis of W10 is, as usual, updating itself! The download has finished and it is now installing itself. (Up to 77% as I write!)

I am a little concerned having read about some problems after this new update, and also as I have been told that my Lenovo doesn't like W10 in the first place!

If anyone would give me any general tips about things that I should do when it is Installed I will be most grateful.

I only really use the laptop for emails and the occasional 'sortie' to discover details on jazz etc. and playing Internet radio.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Regards,

Colin.

Post was last edited on May 22, 2018 4:56 AM PDT

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If that's all you do with it

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...you should consider moving it to Linux Mint instead. YOU control your updates, what you want, when you want it. Fast, and very secure.

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Hello James,

Thank you for your reply.

believe you and I have discussed the subject of Linux on previous occasions!

I understand that there is bound to be a considerable 'learning curve' moving from Windows, and whilst I might be able to cope with this at my advanced years, I have concerns that if it should fail, I would be left without means of internet access for emails etc!

Due to, family reasons, I was forced to obtain a laptop to take to our other location to be able to continue using my emails etc. I have a desktop - using W7 - in this location. I would be prepared to venture into the change over to Linux on the laptop later in the year in October when I return to this location and could use my desktop, if I have problems with Linux, to sort them out.

The laptop is working after the update to W10, but is now exceedingly slow to open up.
I edit here to add this note:
I wrote in December '17 that when starting W10, the Blue Windows Icon was remaining on the screen at Start Up and I had to re-start to be able to open Windows 10. This is now happening again.
The advised cure before was to go to Settings/Power & Sleep and remove the check mark by 'Fast Start Up.' This option is no longer available in this new updated version of W10 and I am only able to start up by cutting the power when the blue window icon is on the screen and when the power button is pressed, the laptop will slowly re-start.

Would you be able to give me a link to a site/place that would "walk me through" the steps to change over to Linux on my laptop, please?

Regards,

Colin.

Post was last edited on May 23, 2018 2:06 AM PDT

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The cheapest way told by ZDNET site.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-install-linux-mint-on-your-windows-pc/

basically you download an ISO from Linux Mint site, then "burn image" to a DVD. You can then boot from the DVD and test it out "as is" from the disc. If you like, you can click on the install icon and follow it's directions.

The easiest way, is to order a cheap DVD and then do as above.

Probably the best ways is to buy a USB flashdrive that already has Linux Mint on it and can run it solely from that, or install it to the hard drive too. These are called USB LIVE Linux with persistence, meaning unlike the DVD which is "read only", you can save settings and data to the extra space on the flashdrive. So you can choose to leave windows on the hard drive, and to boot to the USB flashdrive and have fully operational linux mint on it too. Not bad for $25 + postage, a 32 GB fast USB3 flashdrive that runs a full linux operating system, just like it was on a hard drive.

There are many videos on youtube too. Just search on "installing Ubuntu" or "installing Mint" and get plenty of information on how to do a hard drive install if that's what you decide on.

In your situation, also considering maybe age a factor (I'm 63 myself) you might do better with the USB flashdrive containing a working Linux Mint MATE version. That way it's operational and you don't have to make any quick decision about leaving windows on the laptop, and it won't take up laptop hard drive space while using the flashdrive.

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Hello James,

Thanks again for your thorough reply.

I must say that the chance of having 'someone nearby' when doing this is extremely tempting!

My friend - who is in my (ancient) age-group and is far more clever than I with tech things, he even admits to using not only his index fingers to type, as do, but sometimes uses his thumb to hit the space bar! - said that he has Ubuntu 18.04 which he says has the latest equivalent of Office called Libre Office.

I rather like the idea of the memory stick, but I only have the one, which I use for transferring from Laptop to Desktop and back, and it is 8GB, probably not enough space for the programme.

Playing around with CDs and DVDs for my jazz music etc, I would have no difficulty recording on a CD or DVD, but it is not as flexible as a memory stick. Maybe I should obtain a larger one.

Your opinion, if you please?!

Regards,

Colin.

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since you are familiar with burning optical discs...

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...then downloading the ISO file and being sure to use option "burn image" in your CD/DVD burn software, you will make a LIVE DVD, which is bootable for yourself. Many older people have been moving to Linux distros, simply to avoid the increasing problems they've experienced with newer Windows systems. Many of them only wanted a system that would let them browse the internet, and send/receive email. Their children and grandchildren have welcomed not having to help recover "grandpa's" computer every week or month for him, LOL. Your laptop is 64 bit, so this is the easiest and most stable desktop on Linux Mint 18.3 to use.

https://linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=248

Try download of the ISO first from Harvard. It's one of the best of all the mirrors.

http://mirrors.seas.harvard.edu/linuxmint/stable/18.3/linuxmint-18.3-mate-64bit.iso

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