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I've been using my old computer, the one with dual boot, windows/Linux, to play Doom 3 on windows. This morning it wanted half the day to update to a new version of windows, it just did this a few days ago. So when it got done, it had messed up my boot loader (no more Linux), it doesn't recognize my wifi, so I have to use ethernet, it powers off for no [email protected]#$ing reason. I tried to restore it to the previous version, it worked on it for about 45 minutes, then stalled with the facebook logo front and center. I don't use facebook. so I powered off, turned it back on, and now I'm stuck with what it upgraded to today, and no option to restore to a previous version. No wifi, no Linux, and I never know when it's going to power off. I sent microshit a scathing problem feedback ticket. Thing it, they can't fix it either. They will tell me "new install". I've been using that linux partition for years. I've been working on transferring everything to my Mac, but I expect I'll find something missing some day. windows is a virus, and should be cleaned off every computer.
 

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I do, I DO! Wish I could get some games to install. Shortly after I got it, I installed BatleNet and Epic games trying to play something. My ISP security notified me that they had gotten a call from someone that said their systems had been attacked by a device with my IP. All I could figure was these gaming systems were being used by hackers. So I took them off, and I am running TotalAV on my Mac and both windows machines. So I found a site, Mac-torrents.io, but my TotalAV blocks every game because of viruses. I thought Mac was safe, I've found out different. So all this time I didn't think my old Gateway could handle games, but I found Doom 3, downloaded it, and it runs fine. I tried getting Doom 3 to run on this mac, but I couldn't figure it out. But I go love this Mac. BattleNet and Epic was saying my GPU couldn't run those games because I didn't have Open GL. Bullshit. This thing supports Open GL 4.1, and Open CL 1.2, whatever that is. So this thing rocks!
 

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Have you tried Knoppix? It is a Linux disco that boots from a CD or USB drive.
 

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No, I just want my system the way it was, but not gonna happen. I need to get a partition program and see if I can recover it. Can't even see it now. Just pisses me off that microshit sends this crap out, you can't stop it or prevent it. They just mess things up for some people and then they fix it, but for some it's too late. No fix for this, they trashed my machine. Now that I have the Mac, I won't be going back to Linux, but I wanted my old installation intact. Too much to ask for when dealing with microshit.
 

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Sam,

Download Knoppix, install it to a CD or USB drive, then boot from that CD drive or USB drive. By doing this, you should be able to tell if your Linux partition is still there on your hard drive. If the partition is still there, you may be able to use the Dual-Boot repair utility to fix your dual boot issue.
 

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I don't know what "old computer" means but having the latest and greatest alleviates many problems. Software list minimum hardware requirements but they are almost always inadequate. I try to keep my hardware up to date. I'm currently running an AMD Ryzen 7 with a Samsung SSD, 970 EVO NVMe M.2 which I think makes a world of difference. 32Gig of ddr4. I think with a GTX1060 or 70 I forget which I stay a few steps behind the top end to get the price breaks.

Windows 10 runs great and games play good.
 

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I wish I could afford the fancy stuff. It's ok, keep my archaic skills up. I started the instillation of my new linux. Linux developers know they willl have to deal with the windows virus, so they're well prepared. I don'y understand partitions like I should, a 500gb drive, my intent was half and half, but I ended up with 250gb in lala land. I don't a lot of space, but it would be good to have. 'No biggy. Linux will create it's own loader, with an option to pass it off to windows, like I always have. It will chug away for a few hours, and wait for me. This version of mint will be 2 full revisions since my last updated. Progress.
 

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Got it back. Linux rewrote the Grub bootloader, now I have my old Linux, my new Linux, and windows. The new Linux only took 2gb, I thought I installed it on a 92gb partition, but oh well. Maybe I'll study up on partitions and see if I can get it straightened out, or maybe not. Everything is working, best leave it alone I guess. Or, MAYBE, format the entire drive, create 2 partitions splitting the drive in half, a new windows 10 and a new Linux, and then configure them to my liking, just think!
 

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I don't know what "old computer" means but having the latest and greatest alleviates many problems. Software list minimum hardware requirements but they are almost always inadequate. I try to keep my hardware up to date. I'm currently running an AMD Ryzen 7 with a Samsung SSD, 970 EVO NVMe M.2 which I think makes a world of difference. 32Gig of ddr4. I think with a GTX1060 or 70 I forget which I stay a few steps behind the top end to get the price breaks.

Windows 10 runs great and games play good.
Are you a gamer? I ask because that's a muscle machine.
 

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Got it back. Linux rewrote the Grub bootloader, now I have my old Linux, my new Linux, and windows. The new Linux only took 2gb, I thought I installed it on a 92gb partition, but oh well. Maybe I'll study up on partitions and see if I can get it straightened out, or maybe not. Everything is working, best leave it alone I guess. Or, MAYBE, format the entire drive, create 2 partitions splitting the drive in half, a new windows 10 and a new Linux, and then configure them to my liking, just think!
If you do not plan on reverting (be sure), you can delete windows.old. The file is quite large and contains ALL of the old version.

In the search box on the taskbar, type settings, then choose it from the list of results.

Select System > Storage > This PC and then scroll down the list and choose Temporary files.

Under Remove temporary files, select the Previous version of Windows check box and then choose Remove files.
Here's mine. I always wait a week or so before deleting just in case.

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Got it back. Linux rewrote the Grub bootloader, now I have my old Linux, my new Linux, and windows. The new Linux only took 2gb, I thought I installed it on a 92gb partition, but oh well. Maybe I'll study up on partitions and see if I can get it straightened out, or maybe not. Everything is working, best leave it alone I guess. Or, MAYBE, format the entire drive, create 2 partitions splitting the drive in half, a new windows 10 and a new Linux, and then configure them to my liking, just think!
If you do not plan on reverting (be sure), you can delete windows.old. The file is quite large and contains ALL of the old version.

In the search box on the taskbar, type settings, then choose it from the list of results.

Select System > Storage > This PC and then scroll down the list and choose Temporary files.

Under Remove temporary files, select the Previous version of Windows check box and then choose Remove files.
Mine is below. I always wait a week or so before deleting just in case.

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You may remember how to use diskpart in Windows. I always have to review the commands.

The Command Prompt needs elevation to administrator, so type "cmd" in the Windows search box, right-click CMD and click on "Run as Administrator."

Good luck.

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Thanks, I'll do that. windows has the biggest piece of the pie. Not much of a problem there.....yet. My old Linux installation had a space problem. I'd download 3 or 4 movies and be out of space, I only had about 15gb to play with, Fedora had the rest. thought the new Linux only had a few gb, but I was just going into each os earlier to see what they had. I can't figure out the partition map, I learned a little today. But my new Linux has 77gb free space! I don't know where it got it from, but that's good. I was using a partition program, thinking of resizing, taking some from fedora and giving it to Linux. But the free version doesn't let you resize, of course not. Don't want to give away something for free that might be useful.
 

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I don't know what "old computer" means but having the latest and greatest alleviates many problems. Software list minimum hardware requirements but they are almost always inadequate. I try to keep my hardware up to date. I'm currently running an AMD Ryzen 7 with a Samsung SSD, 970 EVO NVMe M.2 which I think makes a world of difference. 32Gig of ddr4. I think with a GTX1060 or 70 I forget which I stay a few steps behind the top end to get the price breaks.

Windows 10 runs great and games play good.
It means a Windows 7 machine, or there-abouts, that is what I have. That is my definition of old anyway. An AMD Ryzen 7 is a pretty good machine, and you are
smart to stay a few steps behind. That way you don't bleed money, trying out the newest.
 

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Four(!) updates to date. The last two deleted all saved passwords, all bookmarks, all saved photos, all photo manipulation software, Open Office, all browsers except Microsoft Edge and all ad blocking software. I'm sure there's more I haven't discovered yet, The worst part is losing all those photos. Next is getting stuff reinstalled and then having it deleted again. Frustrating!
 
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