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Well I finally decided to jump into linux. The only problem is that my boot menu doesn't see it. I have win 7 and 8 installed though I don't think that is the problem. Also, I install mint inside windows. Anyone know the problem?
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Originally Posted by skyisover View Post

Also, I install mint inside windows. Anyone know the problem?

I believe the underline answers the bold.

Otherwise, we'll need a bit more information on what exactly you did. Where did you install it, how did you install it, more information than what's been given at least would be helpful.
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All I did was download the .iso file. I mounted it using daemon. I clicked the installed in windows option and chose to install it in an external drive. When asked to reboot, I did but nothing showed up showing mint was installed.
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So...you mounted a Linux iso in daemon tools....and then tried to install it into Windows on an external drive? Yeah...that's not going to work. It is highly recommended that you never install Ubuntu or Mint inside Windows. This is a bad idea. Instead...either burn the iso to a disc or using YUMI or another Linux USB drive maker to put the iso on a USB drive and then install it that way (NOT INSIDE WINDOWS). I realize this probably isn't the clearest of directions so I hope I don't confuse you too much. It's so much easier for me to demonstrate than explain.
     
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So...you mounted a Linux iso in daemon tools....and then tried to install it into Windows on an external drive? Yeah...that's not going to work. It is highly recommended that you never install Ubuntu or Mint inside Windows. This is a bad idea. Instead...either burn the iso to a disc or using YUMI or another Linux USB drive maker to put the iso on a USB drive and then install it that way (NOT INSIDE WINDOWS). I realize this probably isn't the clearest of directions so I hope I don't confuse you too much. It's so much easier for me to demonstrate than explain.

This^ I probably wouldn't have done it that way. Assuming it did actually install correctly on your desired drive, it's pretty safe to guess that the boot manager was also installed there rather than where it should have been installed (on the main drive.)
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try just rebooting and setting external drive as first boot device...
    
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If you want to try linux just install it in a VM using Virtualbox or something...a lot easier and faster.
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I tried setting it as the first boot device already, nothing happened. I am working on installing it on the USB, the only problem is that my USB isn't detected on the boot menu. I should say thumbdrive. As for virtual machines, I'm not really a fan of them after I experienced loads of computer crashes after working with a VM before.
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Have you tried unplugging the windows drive(s), and seeing if it will even try to boot from the external drive? If not it would probably be best to just burn the ISO to a disc and install it that way.
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I tried setting it as the first boot device already, nothing happened. I am working on installing it on the USB, the only problem is that my USB isn't detected on the boot menu. I should say thumbdrive. As for virtual machines, I'm not really a fan of them after I experienced loads of computer crashes after working with a VM before.

Did you install a boot manager? If not, it will default to the one Windows has installed. Are you saying the USB isn't detected in the BIOS (assuming your MB isn't UEFI) boot menu? Is it formatted to be bootable? Did you mount the ISO on it or just copy it over?

Are you trying to install the OS on the flash drive or create a Live CD/USB?
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