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So I just downloaded Linux Mint 16 for the old PC(so 32-bit version) and I unzipped the folder and now I don't know what to do.Here is my situation:
I've transferred all important files and I want to do a clean install and wipe the disk to get it virus free.How do I do this?I don't know which file to select too do that.
I also saw a video that said I needed to keep partitions separate.But I need to wipe the disk.Can I wipe the disk first and do that later?

Thanks,everyone and I'm hoping to install tonight.
    
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Eh? Usually it's an ISO so you just burn it to a CD/DVD you boot from.

Once you choose a new file system scheme it will effectively wipe the drive.
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No removable media for me,I'm afraid.What should I do?
    
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Ok,I have a pendrive(got it today so I forgot).How do I install?
    
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Ok,so I decided to get Ubuntu instead.I was wondering which to get:13.04 or 12..04?
It says the 12.04 is made to last till 2017 so I'm currently downloading that.Is that a good choice?
And,BTW,I got my CD drive working again.
    
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The LTS builds (in this case, 12.04) are supported until their stated date. That doesn't mean they will be up to date; however it does mean that any security or stability issues will be addressed up to that point. 13.04 will be more up to date than 12, but support will end for it as soon as 14 is released; that said, you can always dist-upgrade ot the new release without losing any data (as long as nothing goes wrong with Canonical's toolset, now that it would be a SystemD base to a SystemD base I don't see any issues arising with that.)


Furthermore, Linux mint is Ubuntu. Linux Mint Debian Edition is Debian. They use the Ubuntu and Debian repositories respectively, so the software is identical. That said, Mint usually has a small repo for packages customized for mint; themes and such.

Also; any modern Linux ISO can be placed on a usb using this tool:
http://www.google.com/url?q=http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/&sa=U&ei=AY87U8bNDY3FsASZ_IGgCQ&ved=0CBsQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNEkEDo61wf6NZfOGu0xyIxx-12mVw
Note that this tool will erase whatever device you write the ISO to...
Edited by Xaero252 - 4/1/14 at 10:57pm
    
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