Installing Linux on a Windows Laptop

punkzie

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Hi, I have an Asus X551M Laptop that came preinstalled with Windows 8.1. Since then, I have uninstalled Windows and am now trying to install Kali Linux onto it. However, I think the partitions are locked, as there are four partitions named "System", "MSR Reserved" and two
Primary" partitions. When I delete them in the installer, and attempt to install Linux onto the Free Space, it fails, saying failure of input/output on /dev/sda1/. This is the same if I try to install Windows 10 onto the partitions; they are protected and I cannot delete them. How can I fix this?

Also: I have tried using gparted and fdisk through my linux terminal, as well as the DOS equivalent in the Windows 10 installer. No avail. Thanks for the help!
 

meztek

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Do you want to run windows at all on this computer? If not, try starting your partitioning from scratch. To do this, open gparted and go to Device -> Create Partition Table -> msdos. Then create a blank partition formatted as ext4 to install Linux to. If you need more help on this step, just ask.
 

meztek

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Jun 4, 2017
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Do you want to run windows at all on this computer? If not, try starting your partitioning from scratch. To do this, open gparted and go to Device -> Create Partition Table -> msdos. Then create a blank partition formatted as ext4 to install Linux to. If you need more help on this step, just ask.
 
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