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[Solved] Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:17 am
by OhioJB

Have been wondering how to upgrade from Mint 17.3 Cinnamon to the latest version, now 19.1, on a dual boot with Windows 7 for awhile. Have looked through the guides but didn't notice what I was looking for. If someone could explain it to me or point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Re: Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:09 am
by deepakdeshp
The upgrade path is from 17.3 to 18,then 18.1 18.2 18.3 then tov19 and 19.1. Fresh install to 19.1 is better in this case after backing up your data.

Re: Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:24 pm
by OhioJB
Thanks for the response. I want to upgrade to the new version but not sure how to do that on a dual boot laptop. I know while installing I need to chose which files (?) to replace. Worried I might click on the wrong thing.

Re: Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:11 pm
by OhioJB
Following up, I began my first attempt at updating on my dual boot laptop (Mint 17.3/Win7), and had to cancel because I was stumped when it came to selecting partition(s) and 'Use as' section. I had selected the partition Mint 17.3 is on but I received the message 'No root file system'. I then noticed the 'Use as' drop down list (after double clicking the partition Mint 17.3 is on), it appeared I needed to select something from it. I'll type out what I saw in that section of the installation process. Hopefully someone will advise me which to select. I want to continue keeping the dual boot, just replacing 17.3 with 19.1. Thanks in advance.

/dev/sda1 ntfs (didn't write down size and size used) Win 7
/dev/sda2 ntfs (ditto) Win 7
/dev/sda5 ext4 206347 MB 27570 MB Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa (17.3)
/dev/sda6 swap 4201 MB unknown
/dev/sda fat32 15472 MB 33 MB

After double clicking on the partition with Mint 17.3 on it (sda5) this is the 'Use as' drop down list it appeared I need to select something from:

ext4 journaling file system
ext3 journaling file system
ext2 file system
btrfs journaling file system
jfs journaling file system
xfs journaling file system
fat16 file system
fat32 file system
swap area
physical volume for encryption
do not use the partition

Not sure I even needed to double click the partition Mint 17.3 is on, however got the message 'No root file system' so thought maybe I needed to, or else I needed to select another partition as well (sda6 or sda fat32?)

As you can see I am not a expert in the stuff. Just want to replace 17.3 with 19.1.

Re: Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:31 pm
by OhioJB
Bumping this up hoping someone can help answer my question, thanks.

Re: Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:17 pm
by AndyMH
Before you start backup anything in /home that is important to you*, you only have a single linux partition containing both root (/) and /home. Installation will wipe this partition.

When you come to the 'something else' option, select the ext4 partition (sda5) and from the 'drop down' use as / = root. I haven't got an install screen in front of me, but it should be showing you what each partition is already used for. Tell the installer to format this partition as ext4. This will wipe 17.3 from your system and install 19. You will then need to re-install any apps you had installed in 17.3. The versions in 19 will be later and hopefully better. You also have a swap partition (sda6) - you don't need to do anything with this, mint will use it automatically.

* this would also apply to anything you have in win - just in case!

Re: Upgrading from Mint 17.3 on dual boot

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:35 pm
by OhioJB
Thanks Andy, that is what I needed to know.