This article will show you how to install Linux Mint 17 side by side with Microsoft Windows 7. The desktop environment that will be installed will be the “Cinnamon Desktop”.
It is imperative that you follow every section especially the part about backing up your Microsoft Windows files. If you fail to back up your system and something goes wrong with the installation you run the risk of losing data.
Don’t let the last paragraph scare you. Installing Linux Mint is not that difficult and the rewards are incredible.
Linux Mint is currently the most popular version of Linux and boasts an impressive user interface and a great range of software and it can be installed and used for free.
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How to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 7 (Everyday Linux User)