Well I have netbooks with no CD drive. So I cannot just install Windows 8 or any other version of Windows for that reason. I know there may be other ways of getting Windows 8 onto my netbook. But from what I read it involves partitioning the hard disk. And with my limited experience, I am sure I would mess up my computer. And Windows may no longer boot if I made a mistake. I was able to install some brands of Linux alongside Windows. Because with Linux you can mount the ISO file on virtual clone drive. And use the Mint 4 Windows installer. So Linux is then installed inside Windows like your other Windows programs. And you can uninstall it again in programs menu,like your other programs. If you decide you no longer want it. But it is not that simple to install Windows and from what I read you cannot install Windows this way. So the truth is that if it is a program like Linux Mint or Ubuntu where you can just use the Windows installer I could do that. But to install Windows you have to partition the hard disk and do other things.And I cannot do that. So I don't know how to install operating systems. Andrea Borman.