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Posted by: khrsquire Dec 13 2015, 02:58 PM

hi reasonably experienced in Win usage. no prog. now wish to try Linux mint 17.3. viewd all the utube vids and gain the impression
that if I install this alongside W10 using gparted, then decide to uninstall the Linux, the win bootloader will no longer work
since the grub will have taken complete control. I wish to try Linux whilst retaining full operation of my W10 on the same
laptop. Dell 6400 intel 2.5g dual, 4g mem. 20g hd part available for Mint. thx ken

Posted by: michaelk Dec 13 2015, 06:25 PM

You can run mint just as a live DVD or as a virtual machine by installing VirtualBox. A virtual machine does not run as fast as a real hardware but will not not affect your W10. It can easily be deleted since it appears only as a file to windows.

www.virtualbox.org/

Posted by: khrsquire Dec 14 2015, 04:29 PM

QUOTE (michaelk @ Dec 13 2015, 06:25 PM) *
You can run mint just as a live DVD or as a virtual machine by installing VirtualBox. A virtual machine does not run as fast as a real hardware but will not not affect your W10. It can easily be deleted since it appears only as a file to windows.

www.virtualbox.org/

hi thx but I prefer a full install. can use another pc but this dell is fav. if I do a full ins. on this with W10
and then unin, will I loose access to W10?? ken

Posted by: michaelk Dec 15 2015, 09:09 AM

If you install linux as a dual boot system it will install the grub boot loader erasing the windows boot loader. If you then erase linux, you will need to reinstall the windows boot loader. If you do not have any windows install disks that would make it difficult to recover it back.

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