Recently I installed Ubuntu 12.10 x64 Server Edition on my PC. Unfortunately, I attempted to install a lightweight desktop but due to the fact that I have an old graphics card, the PC does not perform so well. I am thinking of re-installing an Ubuntu version but I do not want to lose the contents in my home folder. Is there any way to do that with a Live CD?
Ever since Hardy (Ubuntu 8.04) you can reinstall Ubuntu without losing data in /home even without a separate /home partition.
Of course, you should always have a backup of your data.
If you have a dedicated partition for /home:
If you have only one partition:
Why reinstall? Just add the (meta)-package that installs the DTE you want to use. If you want to reinstall, at least create a separate /home partition. And if you really want flexibility use LVM so you can easily add, remove and resize partitions (aka "logical volumes" in LVM language). You can also add or remove disks to your logical disk (volume group).
But please consider to just install the right DTE first as you don't need to reinstall.
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