Firstly, I am a linux newbie and I am not a native english speaker, so sorry for any dumb questions or bad english.
So, here is the problem of mine:
I have installed Linux Mint 14 XFCE 32-bit on my laptop where I already had Win 7 Pro installed - I chose to install it on the same partition, no formatting. Installation went absolutely with no problems and in few minutes I booted into Linux Mint. Thought it was great, started to customize it (install apps - few of them via software manager like Wine etc. and Chrome using .deb file - and customize the interface slightly).
Then rebooted and - everything was gone - I mean, I booted into Mint with no difficulties, but all my apps and settings were gone. Tried reinstalling, again the same problem.
I have no idea what to do here. I tried to create a different user, but users were reset as well I don't want to format (too much time for currently low outcome), and I still think I need Windows for work, which means I am limited to installation to current partition together with Win7.
I have installed Mint using flash drive (created from image using unetbootin).
My laptop is rather old, Intel Core 2 Duo T5300 1,73 GHz, 2GB RAM, only 120GB HDD (but I have about 45GBs free), Windows 7 Professional installed.
Additional information on why I wanted Mint 14 XFCE: My reasons to try Linux and to choose Mint XFCE version were quite simple - I wanted to try a Linux distribution for quite some time and my machine is, as mentioned above, rather old and slow, so I have decided I might try some lightweight distribution to gain a little boost maybe. As a result of speaking with friends and searching the forums I came to the conclusion that Mint 14 XFCE might be most suitable for me. What I wanted to say is that I am open for hints and mainly that the solution does not strictly have to be solved within Mint 14 XFCE...
Any help appreciated.