When Windows XP got retired, many users were left with few options, as their hardware does not support Windows 10.
This prompted many users to look for alternatives, and Linux Mint was highly recommended.
In this article, we will explore some of the best ways to use Linux Mint instead of Windows XP.
- Linux Mint is a great alternative operating system to Windows and it’s especially good for beginners.
- This guide will show you how to replace the Windows OS with Mint, but it requires some preparation.
Insert the Windows XP CD
- Insert the Windows XP CD in the optical drive.
- Next, click on “Burn to disc” from the file menu, and select your ISO image.
- Then, click on “Burn disc image” to begin writing the ISO file to your optical drive.
Reinstall the Windows XP
- Press Windows + R, type control, and click OK.
- Choose Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Select Windows XP, and click on Uninstall.
- Exit the Control Panel.
- Download Linux Mint.
- Download the ISO file.
- Connect the external hard drive to the computer.
- Boot from the USB drive.
- Select the language and keyboard layout.
- Select your location and time.
Create a new partition
Open Disk Management.
Right-click on the partition where Windows XP is installed and choose Shrink Volume.
In the pop-up window, enter the desired amount of space and click Shrink.
- Click OK to confirm.
- Save all data and close all applications.
- Right-click on the unallocated space and choose New Simple Volume.
- In the pop-up window, enter a name for the drive and select one partition.
- Click Next.
- Allocate space and click Finish.
- Restart your PC.
Use a third-party software
- Download Easy2Boot, and install it.
- After installing Easy2Boot, launch it, and click on New Bootable.
- Select Windows XP (32-bit).
- Click Next, then click on Create Bootable.
- Give the boot disk a name, and click Next.