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I have Linux Mint 8 on my home laptop. It dual boots Windows Vista. It's time for an upgrade. Linux Mint 12 is out and I'd like to replace 8 with it.

How do I go about doing this?

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As Mint is based on Ubuntu, the answer is: slowly.
Ubuntu does not have the feature to jump over versions.

The fastest way to get to Mint 12 is to save your work and reinstall.

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The Mint wiki actually recommends a full re-install. –  Simon Sheehan Dec 12 '11 at 23:55
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Didn't check this but I'm not sure that even Mint 8 -> Mint 9 upgrade is supported at all (being old) which would make the slow and painful upgrade-hell impossible. –  karatedog Dec 13 '11 at 0:00
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