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Do I Need To Delete XP To Install Linux?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Carrie from Texas has a question about changing her operating system. She writes: Do I need to uninstall Microsoft Windows XP before downloading Linux?

It seems like the question you’re asking here is not about downloading Linux, but rather installing Linux.

The difference being that downloading is just getting the files on to your computer and doing nothing with them. Installation, on the other hand, is taking the files and actually using them to put the software onto the computer.

If you are talking about simply downloading Linux, then no — you do not need to uninstall Windows before doing so. All you need to do is identify which distribution (version) of Linux that you want, then download it. That’s all there is to it.

However, as previously mentioned, it seems like you want to install instead of simply download. In this case, no it’s not necessary to uninstall Windows but it may be a wise thing to do.

If you need more guidance on this process, you can take a look at the following 2 posts: for more details on the Linux installation process.

Also, if you’re keeping XP, you shouldn’t go online with it. There’s no more security support and that OS is vulnerable to attack.

~ Jake

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