gylnne wrote:I am a linux newbie... My question is will Mint 14 automatically overwrite only what is in those partitions and leave windows 7 alone?
Mint 14 is a release candidate, and while it's not likely to clobber your Windows installation, I wouldn't let a RC near anything valuable, namely my data, let alone near win7.
Really, if something goes wrong you'll be crying for days.
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