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How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Linux

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Linux

Yes you are still using Windows 7 because he just doesn’t like it Windows 10, It is understandable. But there is an alternative way to upgrade: you can install Linux on your computer for free and you will have an supported operating system that continue to receive updates .

This is easier than you think. You can test Linux on your computer before installing it, and you can install it right next to Windows 7 when you make the leap. This is what you need to know.

A real alternative to Windows 7

In 2020, Linux works much better than you think. Especially if you have an older Windows 7 computer, your hardware would be well supported and would «work» without any further manipulation. Maybe he will have to install hardware drivers to get the most out of games, but that’s usually it.

Once you’ve installed Linux, you can install your favorite web browser – most Linux distributions come with Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome is available as well. You have full access to the web, including streaming websites such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney +.

Linux distributions are free and open source. They support automatic security updates and you do not need antivirus software; no more be careful not to download and run strange software or run strange commands, as you would on any other operating system.

You can double-start and leave Windows 7 installed

Even if you install Linux, you don’t have to leave Windows 7 behind. Can install Linux in a dual boot configuration. When you turn on your computer, you can choose which operating system you want to start. If you ever need to go back to Windows 7, for example, to play a game that doesn’t work on Linux, you can restart Windows 7.

It’s an easy way to dive into the waters of Linux. You have a secure Linux operating system and you can always restart Windows 7 for the occasional task that Windows requires.

Choose a Linux distribution and create media content

A list of applications installed by default on an Ubuntu desktop.

Before you start with Linux, you will need to choose a Linux distribution. A few years ago, look the best Linux distributions for beginners, and the picture is quite similar today. Ubuntu it remains a solid and well-supported option. Many people recommend Linux Mint on place. Mint is based on Ubuntu, you can’t go wrong with any of them. Here are some screenshots of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Once you’ve chosen your Linux distribution, download it and create live media content. We recommend it use a USB drive, but you can also burn the look you want to the disc.

Before you start Linux and install it, you will probably do this The first I want to do one back up your files. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to back up your crucial files.

Turn on the media and test it before installation

The "Try Ubuntu or Install Ubuntu" screen that appears when you start the live environment.

With the media created, you can now restart your Windows 7 computer, choose the media you created as the boot device and start using Linux. After booting, you can use Linux without installing it. It runs entirely on the USB drive or disk you created. Linux is not actually installed on your computer until you click the «Install» option and follow the installation wizard.

This is also a great way to make sure all your hardware is working properly on Linux without any configuration. For example, you can check that Wi-Fi is working properly. If everything seems to be in order, you know that your hardware will run smoothly after installing Linux on your computer.

If you are using a newer computer that originally came with Windows 8 or 10, it may be necessary adjust the Secure Boot settings to start the Linux distribution. However, Windows 7-era computers will run Linux smoothly and without additional configuration.

Install Linux on your computer

An Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS desktop.

If you want to install Linux, you can select the option to install in the Linux live environment to install it on your computer. For example, in Ubuntu, you’ll see an «Install Ubuntu» icon on your desktop. Double-click it and you will get an installation wizard.

Everything here will be quite simple. When you go through the wizard, you can choose to install the Linux system along with Windows 7 or delete the Windows 7 system and install Linux on top of it.

You will need free space to install Linux with Windows, unless you have a second hard drive. Restart Windows 7 and delete some files if you need more space.

Choosing to install Ubuntu with Windows 7 instead of deleting the disk.

If you install Windows 7 and Linux side by side, you can choose an operating system each time you turn on your computer.

Warning : If you choose to erase the hard disk, all files and applications on the Windows 7 partition will be deleted.

Installing software on Linux

Ubuntu Software Center application.

Linux works a little differently than Windows, but not so differently. If all you need is a modern web browser and a few essential utilities, such as a video player, an image editor, and even an open source LibreOffice desktop suite, then everything you need can be installed right away.

For other software programs, you will want to check the package manager application on the Linux distribution. In Ubuntu, this is the Ubuntu Software Center. Think of it as a comprehensive «application store» for your Linux computer, except that it contains free open source software. The applications you install here will automatically update with the basic software for your Linux distribution.

There are also applications that you can get from outside the package manager. For example, we recommend that you download applications such as Google Chrome, Dropbox, Skype, Steam, Spotify, Slack Yes Minecraft from their official websites. However, most of the applications you will use are open source package manager software.

Linux is much more than that, but the basics are pretty simple. The terminal is powerful, but you don’t need to use it.

By 2020, all many people need is a stable and secure operating system with a modern web browser and a few useful utilities. Linux provides this out of the box without further modifications. It’s a great alternative to Windows 7.