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Linux for Windows users – Wubi Installation

Posted in linux with tags , , , , on June 2, 2008 by coolarm

Let me start of my first post with this new feature in Ubuntu 8.04

For the impatient, you can start using Linux in half an hour and remove it without affecting your system a scratch in a minute. Below is the information

An internet connection to download the Linux ISO
A ISO mounting software like CD Anywhere Manager or Virtual CD
and a computer with enough space to install it into 🙂
As a fresh user to Linux, you probably dont want to take the risk of reformatting your system, reinstalling windows, partitioning it for linux and then installing Linux and getting to know you arent able to get into WIndows…..blah blah
Here is the master solution available from Ubuntu

Wubi -

“Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. Are you curious about Linux and Ubuntu? Trying them out has never been easier!”

-Wubi homepage

If you are curious to find out about Linux, I will bet you cant get hands-on Linux any easier. If you have an hour to spare, the information on this page will get you started with Linux



This is the link to download the latest desktop edition of Hardy.

Or you could download from this link too – Click here

Alternatively, you could request a free CD, except that your installation will get delayed
2)Select the computer type – 32 bit or 64 bit. and download the ISO
3)Now in Windows, mount the ISO in a software like CD anywhere manager (click here) and double click the drive to get a menu

Menu that appears when you lanch the installer from ISO
4)Click on “Install inside Windows”

5)Select the hard drive partition to which you want to install, say E:. It could also be your system partition, C:.
6)Select the size of the installation, say 7GB. This space is reserved as a directory of size 7GB, in which your linux related data is written.
Note: This is reserved space and not expanding space limited to 7GB
7)Desktop environment – Ubuntu and Language, say English. Give the username and a valid non-blank password. Click install

First screen after installation begins

Second screen after installation proceeds
8) Since the setup files are copied in the previous step, you dont need a CD thereafter

Final step in Stage 1 of installation
9) The important step is that, when you reboot there will be two or more options at startup. This is immediately after your PC manufacturer’s logo is displayed. There will be a option saying “Microsoft Windows XP”, “Ubuntu” on your screen in a DOS-style. – This link has a sample image of how your screen could look except for that the “Windows XP Recovery Consolw” will be replaced by “Ubuntu”.

Since there is a time-out value on this screen, you should make sure that you use the cursor keys to highlight Ubuntu and press Enter before it reboots into XP. If you miss, its not a problem. You will need to reboot again for this screen.

10)Make sure you connect the network cable so that the PC is conencted to internet. Now it will go ahead copying files and configuring your system while you sit back and relax. I have done this umpteen times and faced no problem. It installs like a breeze, not asking a single question.

11) The PC will reboot automatically after installation. If you now choose the Ubuntu option at startup(just like what you did above), you would login to your Ubuntu screen.

Congrats, you now have your installed Ubuntu. You could browse through the other pages for some post-installation configuration and to learn to handle linux.

What next: GoogleTalk VOIP support, Windowslike fonts (and more to come)

The above line refer to tweakings that will set you in a path to use Linux for everything else. When you are experienced handling Linux, you can install it outside Windows, all of which will come up on this website, one by one.