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How To Replace Windows Vista with Fedora

asked 2016-08-05 21:15:53 -0500

Purobi gravatar image

Hi All,

OK, I am your average, non-IT internet user. However, I have an old eMachine with Windows Vista on it and I wanted to try to do something with it other than donate it or chuck it. So I want to install Fedora, and erase Windows Vista. However, I find the information out there pretty overwhelming. If anyone's willing to, I someone, or a website that can explain to me in baby term how I can do this.

Alternatively, if it's not even worth my time to do so with an old eMachine, just let me know. One person told me it has a lot to do with the hardware/architecture.

Thank you in advance~

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Do you know what video card does it has also wifi card if any, that will help us if you want to remove Vista completely you could do that with no trouble if Video card is not Nvidia and Wifi if have it is not broadcom. Also will help how much ram does it have I have to asume 1 o 2 Gigs of RAM

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2016-08-05 23:26:37 -0500 )edit

Answer below are good. I still want to add the following. You can test any Fedora Spin (spins are the several Desktop Environments (DE) that sit on top of Fedora Linux) as a Live System. Just write the image as bootable USB and test it to see if it runs more or less fluently on your machine.

Overall, I am assuming your machine is not the newest one, so DEs like Gnome or KDE are probably not advisable because they need quite some resources. I would go ahead and try Fedora with XFCE

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-06 21:23:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-06 00:53:58 -0500

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updated 2016-08-06 01:04:49 -0500

First make sure you back up all your data from Vista.

There are many steps you can take to install Fedora, but these are the really necessary ones!

  1. Find out if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit
    How To Tell if You Have Windows Vista 64-bit or 32-bit
    (It's probably 32-bit)

  2. Download Fedora Live Image
    Download Fedora 24 Workstation
    (64-bit is default I think? 32-bit should be available under "Other Downloads")

    Note: You can download Fedora LXDE instead if you know your computer is old and slow. Otherwise you can test your luck with the normal version above! The steps to install both are the same.

  3. Write the Fedora Live Image to a USB flash drive or DVD
    Preparing Boot Media
    (Look at "Procedure 3.3. Creating USB Media on Windows")

  4. Turn off your computer, plug in your USB flash drive or DVD, turn on your computer, and boot from your USB/DVD.
    Booting the Installation
    (Look at "Procedure 4.1. Booting the Fedora Installer" #2)
    This is the most difficult because it's different for every computer. You will have to be fast to see which button/key to press, and you may have to restart multiple times if you can't press the button/key fast enough.

  5. If you were successful with #4, try out Fedora! Try getting connected to the Internet. Maybe you can check if the sound works, etc. If something doesn't work, you could try to search online and see why, or you could try download and install Ubuntu MATE. It's not Fedora, but the steps to install are the same. Anyway, if everything works, but your computer is really slow during this test, try out LXDE, which I mentioned in #2.

  6. If everything is good, install it! There should be a button somewhere to start the installation process. (Make sure you backed up all your data from Vista.)


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answered 2016-08-06 01:54:19 -0500

davidva gravatar image

I am a person practical, I recommend you see a video about how to install Fedora...

Create bootable USB Device to Install Fedora Linux

How To Install Fedora 24

What To Do After Installing Fedora 24

Music and video codecs

Fedora Set-Up Guides

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