Really need some help here

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  1. Boox

    Boox Just a Grump

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    OK, win 7 is done, so I upgraded to win 10 on my HP6644Y desktop, (have win 10 on a laptop and am satisfied). After reading here about linux distro's I decided to try Ubuntu. downloaded it and supposedly set it up to dual boot with win 10. Computer booted into a ubuntu menu with choices for win 10, ok, I guess I can live with that.
    Decided I was not impressed with the ubuntu so I attempted to remove it.
    It would then only boot to a grub screen.
    Finally got the ubuntu restored. Now I want to restore or replace the win 10. My question is how do I do it?
     
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    sounds to me like you need to use the install media to format the disk or partition you use for windows and start over...

    were you still trying to dual boot Linux and windows?

    I would suggest you use a virtualization client of some kind to futz around in Linux and get used to bash.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
     

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    Boox Just a Grump

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    finally found a way to clear the ubuntu and all is well, so ends my experiment with something other than windows
     
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    Just curious, how long did you try it and what did you not like about it?

    It takes time to learn a completely new OS, interface, etc.
     
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    I set it up as a dual boot system, the primary became Ubuntu. Ubuntu took over my whole computer. I am used to Win 10 on this machine as well as my laptop but the windows operations on the desktop were slowed down. Different Ubuntu programs were not a easy for me to find and use and there were no easy ways to remove it. I had it operational for 5 days, then it took 3 days of internet searching before I found a removal solution. Never again!!!
     
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    It's literally a 10sec fix to make Windows the default boot in a dual boot system.

    My guess is had you 1. Actually read up the OS, and 2... Gave it more time.. you would have been fine. You have been using Windows how many years? And you expect to be an expert in Linux in 2 days... Just doesn't work like that.

    Sorry it didnt work out for you.
     
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    Actually no i was not expecting it to be an easy transition. what I did not expect was that it literally took overall control of my box. Being unfamiliar with it hampered my ability for sure, but while I looked for help on the internet nothing seemed to address the issues I was having. I'm not known for being a patient man and I did not research a better way to get it off my system, I admit that, but the resulting aftermath was not worth the BS. So goodby ubuntu.
     
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    Well, it only did that because you told it to. By default it asks to dual boot when another operating system is detected.
     
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    Ubuntu is a good beginner OS for newbie Linux users... but if you want a truly "this is just like windows" experience, I recommend you try Linux Mint. Give it more than just a week's worth... and there are plenty of "how to..." websites with tips and tricks.
     
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    Thank you Lord.

    The last time I purchased a lap top, I did the same trial and came back to Windows 10. I then found Open Office programs to be very acceptable for what I wanted to do and run them on Windows 10.

    Eventually, Microsoft will outfox those of us who like Open Office and find a way to exclude us from Windows 10. I am hoping that by that time, an extremely reliable different operating system will be easy to switch to and use.
     
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    Ok, you Linux guys, Tried yesterday 3 times to install Linux mint in a dual boot configuration, still no luck. Following the online instructions from some geek site. No success. So, my question is can anyone suggest a site where i can find instructions to set it up in a dual boot configuration?
    i really would like to give Linux a real trial, so tired of all the MS B/S.
     
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    Boox, you really need to explain in detail how the installation failed, and at what point. When it gave you the choice of where to install, what did you choose, for example? How old is your computer, and what processor, how much memory (not storage), etc, and whether there is an empty partition or empty space on the hard drive on which you are attempting installation, etc.

    There is no way ubuntu could have possibly exerted control on Windows, if you chose windows at the boot menu. If you selected Ubuntu from the boot window, of course ubuntu is in charge of your computer at that point. That is the essence of a dual boot. So, I am not sure I understand the problem you were having. Oh, when you are finally successful in installing Linux, find out how to turn off any special graphics effects. This is sometimes referred to as compositing, and will drastically slow down a less powerful computer.
     
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    Sorry, beer virus has had me busy as can be. Is the install failing or what?.. Something isn't making sense here.

    You're going to need to be a bit more descriptive of the problem or perhaps the instructions you were following.