I would clean install Windows 10 making sure that the C: partition is the last partition on the drive. Linux Mint installation — complete 11. At the time of writing this article, Linux Mint has been the number one Linux distro for over a year according to. For example, the LibreOffice suite is great for 99. Read up on its advantages--link is in the references. You receive a scary option which says erase the disk and install Linux Mint or do something else.
This latest version of Linux Mint 18. Remember that this article applies to computers that have Windows 10 already installed on the system. Your existing data will be safe if you have enough free space. The version number and name may vary on what you downloaded and installed. If Win 10 does not boot, sudo update-grub.
A detailed explanation is at the Ubuntu site below. You need an internet connection. Did you do this with the installer? You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice. When I click install Mint, it starts up slowly, then shows 3 sets of errors, then just sits there. You will need to confirm the password.
And, from there, you'll be running Linux Mint. Look carefully at the options on that page. The create partition screen shows the amount of free space in megabytes. Does Windows boot at this point? If you have followed my guides for installing Ubuntu then most of these steps will be familiar to you but there are some subtle differences which I will come to shortly with regards to partitioning. Trying this with Windows 10. Most Windows 10 machines by default use Fast Startup which puts the machine into some type of hibernated state when you shutdown instead of doing a true, full shutdown.
But before anything else is done we should look at what has been created so far. Set the type to primary and leave the location as the beginning of the free space. I have not been back into it since the clean install. This is somehow directly related to Grub installation, I guess. If Windows Boot manager is automatically detected you can choose to Install Linux Mint alongside Windows Boot Manager. Linux Mint installation — Welcome 3. You will be pleased to know that the scary bit is now out of the way.
The installer will start by asking you a couple of questions. See this screenshot click to enlarge : Now Windows will ask for a reboot, in order to perform the error check. Your new Mint is on the right side. The two zoom buttons were switched and a zoom reset button was added to make Xreader consistent with other Xapps. Previously whilst trying to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 10 on this computer there was no option to install alongside Windows. If you want a separate partition for your Home data files, this would be the way to go.
There should be one to partition the disk by hand. As part of the installation, the installer will look for any previously installed operating systems and hence will discover your existing Windows 10 setup. When I get to the partitioning, it asks where to install the bootloader. For this installation I am going to show you how to create 2 partitions. It will then do some checks on available space, battery and Internet connection. Hopefully all goes well this time on my main machine.
Encryption is a very powerful tool; like all powerful tools, it should be handled with care. The free space was created by shrinking Windows in a previous step. I'll see if I can locate grub and get it where it belongs. It used to provide a screen showing how prepared you are for installing Linux Mint. If you have some additional space, make there partition with ntfs format and without mount point for files you would to use form both systems. And when your system powers up, you can choose if you want to use Windows or Linux. If you have multiple partitions not the recovery ones , you can either use one of them or create a new partition from an existing partition.