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I have recently decided that I would like to switch to Ubuntu from Windows 10. I only have a few questions to ask and they are very important in deciding if I will switch or not. I also feel like I should mention this is being done on a 4-5 year old gaming laptop.

  1. Hardware: So I want to completely switch to Linux, no duel boot. The only thing I am afraid of is if I will be able to use my current hardware. Here is what I currently have to give you an idea. -Intel i7-7700HQ 2.80Ghz -Geforce GTX 1050 2gb (not the Ti, and I don't know if I have the 3 GB one but they are so rare I doubt I do, but please let me know if it matters on Linux) -12Gb of ram -A 128gb SSD and a 900gb HDD. That's what I think is most important.. also someone once said that Bluetooth and WiFi drivers might not work so I'm curious if that was true or not. I don't know what they are though.

  2. Storage: As I mentioned above, I have two drives on my laptop. A C: and a D:. I heard that it doesn't use two drives like that but instead just creates a "file" system. I'm afraid that I will switch and only have 128gb of storage. I like to play a few games and have already confirmed they work on linux so I don't want to end up with no storage left for anything else. So, to summarize this question, what will happen to my two drives and, to add to that, my 12Gb of ram (because I don't ever see this much when hearing about linux).

  3. "Can I go back?": I really see the benefits of switching to linux. And believe me, I want to. But I'm afraid I wont understand something (because I'm still learning about it) or something wont work. So, without duel booting, is it possible to go back to Windows 10? will I have to pay 120$ for an activation key?

Thanks for reading and any help you give.

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  • Please ask one question at a time.
    – Pilot6
    Jan 24, 2021 at 21:14

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I'll answer all your questions below although typically there should only be one question per question.


  1. Hardware: So I want to completely switch to linux, no dual boot. The only thing I am afraid of is if I will be able to use my current hardware.

Your hardware is fine. However I would keep windows, shrink the partition down and install Ubuntu alongside Windows.


  1. Storage: As I mentioned above, I have two drives on my laptop. A C: and a D:.

Ubuntu supports multiple drives.


  1. "Can I go back?".

Follow the advise in 1. and install Ubuntu alongside Windows. Then it's not a question of "going back" because "you never left".

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  • Thanks, this is really helpful! I'm sorry I didn't know I was only supposed to ask one (makes sense now) since I'm new. Probably should have looked over the rules lol. Jan 24, 2021 at 21:25
  • Your Win 10 license is tied to your hardware now, so you will be able to re install Win 10 again. Would suggest making a Win 10 installation USB in Windows before going to Ubuntu. Ubuntu installation USB has a 'try Ubuntu' option to test out hardware and see if you like it before installing.
    – crip659
    Jan 24, 2021 at 21:53
  • What if something goes wrong during the install, like I don't do it right and destroy my computer. This computer is my work, if I lose it I'm screwed. So, what is the right way to do it, is there a video I can watch, because the ones I've seen skip over the BIOS stuff. Jan 24, 2021 at 22:57
  • @mashpotatoman The best way to ensure that you don't lose data is to do a backup. Don't worry about "destroy my computer", installing an OS doesn't wreck hardware. The worst thing that could happen is that the computer gets unbootable, and/or you lose your data. Fix the latter with a good backup. Problems installing an OS are always fixable (if hardware is OK of course). Jan 24, 2021 at 23:06
  • @mashpotatoman About installing you can follow the official guide. Jan 24, 2021 at 23:09

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