when I double click on the Install Linux Mint icon on the desktop and the window comes up, the top header only says Install.
Just to make sure we are talking about the same kind of Mint installation:
- You proceed like explained in this official Linux Mint 13 documentation, which basically applies to Mint 14 as well, p. 11 ff., chapter "Boot the LiveDVD". I.e. you boot the Live DVD or the Live USB pendrive.
- You start Linux Mint (Live System).
- You wait till the Linux Mint live desktop appears.
- On the Linux Mint live desktop you click the icon labelled "Install Linux Mint".
If this is what you have done, everything is all right.
We are not on Windows where you right-click and select "Run as administrator".
The Linux Mint live user named "mint" who has been logged in automatically without your intervention when the live system started has got the privilege of performing actions with root privileges. So he can launch the installation all right.
As a matter of fact, there is only one single administrator on any Linux system, root
There may be one or more normal users who have been granted the privilege to perform actions with root privileges.
Just in order to please Windows converts such users are often referred to as "Administrators". In fact, they are just normal users having been granted sudo privileges. (cf. RootSudo
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every tutorial ive seen, it says Install (as Superuser)
Frankly I wonder which Linux tutorial this might apply to. - You cannot use any Windows tutorials in order to install Linux Mint.
Im trying to install Linux Mint 14 along side Windows 7 in a seperate partition on the same drive
This e.g. is a good video tutorial explaining in detail how to proceed: Manually Setup A Ubuntu-Windows 7 Dual Boot
if i continue the installation, it says that no other OS is detected on my system
Could it be you are using an UEFI boot machine? - If this is the case, then I will not be able to offer any help based on my own experience, because all my machines still use the good old MBR. Yet, there are users in this forum who are using UEFI boot machines. Maybe someone will chime in.