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Re: question re: removing all traces of Windows ME OS

On Mon, 04 Oct 2004 20:10:25 +0200, Andrea Vettorello wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Chris Moffa <cmoffa@kiplinger.com> Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 13:25:14
> -0400
> Subject: question re: removing all traces of Windows ME OS To:
> debian-user@lists.debian.org
>  [...[
>> What's the protocol for removing all traces of Windows ME?  How's about
>> good old "format C:\?"  Whatever the protocol, once the OS is removed
>> will the computer boot from the Debian CD and allow me to install it?
> If you are going to install Debian, during the installation process
> you'll be asked if you want to erase the content of your HD, so you
> don't need to do it before.
>> Sorry to ask such a broad question.  If the answer is too involved to
>> reply by email, can you suggest a web site?
> On the Debian home page you'll find an installation guide
> (http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual) for Woody, the
> latest Debian stable version released. The new stable, Sarge, should be
> released real soon now. A lot of people have found Sarge to works well,
> but can still have some rough egdes...
> Andrea


Follow Andrea's advice; it's good.

My experience:

I recently installed Debian (sarge) on my multi-boot. I downloaded a 113
MiB image named sarge-i386-netinst.iso from here:
http://cdimage.debian.org/pub/cdimage-testing/sarge_d-i/i386/rc1/ and I
put it on a CD-Rom. I booted from CD-Rom and let it run the installation
setup. This put a minimal installation on the hard-drive following the
partitioning and formatting steps that Andrea has already mentioned. That
partitioning effectively takes care of any remnants of your MS system,
particularly as the original partion will be trashed and replaced by
several new ones - mine put in /root /home /tmp /var /dev/shm and /usr all
on different partitions. I understand that the theory behind this is that
if my kernel goes into a panic I should be able to restitute the system
without having to touch my other partitions (maybe).

In my case I had a router connected to my computer which was immediately
detected by the installer, on reboot, which simplified the rest of the
installation, as all I had to do was choose what kind of setup I wanted.
Took quite a while to finish the installation but I have found it to be
unbeatable regarding freeze-ups etc. I can imagine that other users, with
different hardware from mine, might prefer to use Woody, but I felt that I
needed as much compatibility as possible.

I'm very happy with sarge, for now, but if I were you I'd check carfully
to see which build and version is appropriate for the hardware on your

Good luck


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