Originally Posted by runningweird
I used the recovery disks that came with my thinkpad - just to make sure the drive would play nice with the hardware. Going to try running a linux os off a disc for a little while to see if it works then I will probably make the switch.
Sounds good. There are tons of distros for Linux so try them all on LiveCD or LiveUSB.
Also, if you need to run a windows program on a Linux comp it is easier to do through VirtualBox https://www.virtualbox.org/
Install Linux on your laptop.
Install VirtualBox in Linux.
Then install your Windows version inside of VirtualBox.
Then you can install the Windows based program in Windows VirtualBox.
It's like giving your comp a split personality.