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Installing Linux on PC
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So I'm attempting to Install a Linux OS on my Gaming computer that came preinstalled with Windows 10.

However PC is getting bothersome and I would like to switch.

I've tried doing so and am having problems. I get to the Linux install page and it says that some Decoding failed. Have I done something incorrectly?



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Uhhhh there's a lot of missing information here to know what's going on.

There's isn't just one Linux, instead it comes in many different flavors (think Windows 10 Pro, Home, Education, etc. except there's a lot more differences between each one), and each one of them is by a different distributor.

Which one are you trying to install? Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, Fedora? All of them are Linux. The installation instructions are different for each one.

Second: How are you trying to install it? Usually, the way it works is:
- Download a file from the official website of a distributor
- Grab a small USB stick, only needs to have a few GB in it, but it needs to be 100% free
- Flash the downloaded file to the USB stick using a program called BalenaEtcher
- Restart the computer and try to boot from the USB stick [instructions will change depending on the BIOS of your computer]
- Follow the installation instructions that will show on-screen

If you're having problems before that then there's probably something wrong with the download.

Originally posted by admacXx2
So I'm attempting to Install a Linux OS on my Gaming computer that came preinstalled with Windows 10.

However PC is getting bothersome and I would like to switch.

I've tried doing so and am having problems. I get to the Linux install page and it says that some Decoding failed. Have I done something incorrectly?

Trying to install Ubuntu for Desktop 64B via disk bought from the Linux distributor.



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Introduced in the Windows 8 era was "Secure Boot", a feature which will prevent you from installing another OS whether you are trying to dual-boot or overwrite Windows. It is a nuisance but can be worked around. This post has a detailed walkthrough. Ignore the fact that the poster is USB-booting; it will not change what you must do.

Just look above you...
If it's something that can be stopped, then just try to stop it!

I will give the tutorial a try and report back. Thank you much!

So upon doing further research and attempting to install, it looks like Microsoft has made it so that if you purchased a PC with Windows 10 preinstalled it won't allow you to install another OS onto it. :/



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This isn't true you CAN install Linux on a prebuilt Windows 10 PC but depending on the brand of the computer and the motherboard you might need to change extra settings in the BIOS which can be a little bit of a guessing game. My Lenovo Laptop was preinstalled with windows 10 home, I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro but it ran awfully so I switched it over to Linux mint but had to change like 5 different options in the BIOS before I was able to do so.

Originally posted by Ninja Boy
This isn't true you CAN install Linux on a prebuilt Windows 10 PC but depending on the brand of the computer and the motherboard you might need to change extra settings in the BIOS which can be a little bit of a guessing game. My Lenovo Laptop was preinstalled with windows 10 home, I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro but it ran awfully so I switched it over to Linux mint but had to change like 5 different options in the BIOS before I was able to do so.

Thank you for clarifying that!
Definitely is more techie than my skill level. No biggie. I've got the disc so if I ever did want to switch to Linux I'll just build a new unit without an OS and install it that way. Avoid the hassle.



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I have already experienced all the pain for installing Linux. I got Linux Debian with GNOME Live Boot ISO. I had a Non-UEFI BIOS and changed some options, it still didn't work. I pressed the key which brought up boot options and selected the USB and it worked. I happily ran Firefox and there was no internet. I went on the forum "LinuxQuestions" and they said that I had a proprietary drivers for the internet device. I got the version which supported proprietary drivers and it didn't work. I got an Internet USB Adapter for $8 (I only know old exchange rates.). It would have worked, If I did have an extra USB slot. I have to now download Linux on a Partition and then plug that USB and have internet.

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