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[–] JesTheRed 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

Do it in a VM. Oracle is free.

Once you've got the hang of it, boot your VM off a Clonezilla ISO, write the OS to a file on an external disk, then restore it to your PC with a Clonezilla CD/USB boot.

For bonus points, reverse the procedure and put your old Windows install in a VM on your Linux rig for those rare Win apps.

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[–] Marquistador 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Nice! This is the stuff I need to know. I gotta start looking in to all of that. Hah. Definitely want to make sure to set up a fail-safe.

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[–] ConfirmedBias 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

most distros have a live dvd/usb option. so you can try different distros by booting off dvd/usb without making any changes to your current setup.

dual booting is also an option.

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[–] MysteryMeat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is genius!

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[–] Pinyaka 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I wouldn't transfer a system from a VM to an actual computer. There are lots of kernel differences between running as a guest and running as a host. Just do a fresh install of whatever distro you've chosen.