Installing Ubuntu from within Windows

Switching to Ubuntu/Linux but wanna keep using windows? Answer is simple use live version or dual boot, sounds easy right? The live version is useful but doesn’t give you full power of Linux. And dual booting could be a nightmare if you don’t know the right way of doing that. Most of dual booting guides suggest using live CD or bootable flash drive for dual booting windows and Ubuntu. But it is not suitable for newbies and most lose their windows system trying to do so.

Now there is a way to install Ubuntu within windows. It will not affect your windows installation plus it gives full power of linux.

 

Installing Ubuntu from within Windows

The Windows-based Ubuntu Installer (Wubi) allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu from within Microsoft Windows. It lets a Microsoft Windows user

try Ubuntu without risking any data loss due to disk formatting or partitioning.

This is the most convenient way to install a configurable version of Ubuntu and keep Windows. But it doesn’t work with computers that have UEFI firmware but you can switch to Legacy in order to support Wubi.

Wubi works with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8(Legacy).

NOTE: Hibernation is not supported when installing Ubuntu via Wubi.

Download Wubi

Download Wubi from the Ubuntu Windows Installer Download page, this will download the latest version by default. You can download other versions of Ubuntu like Kubuntu, Xubuntu or another official derivative of Ubuntu.

Install Ubuntu

  1. Download the ISO for your favorite Ubuntu distro or official Ubuntu from here Download Ubuntu Desktop.
  2. Within Microsoft Windows, place your downloaded ISO in the same directory as the Wubi, and run the installer.
    Ubuntu Installer

    Ubuntu Installer

     

  3. In the Installation Drive list, select the drive that you want to install Ubuntu.
  4. In the Installation Size list, select the amount of space that you want to allocate to Ubuntu.
  5. In the Desktop Environment list, select Ubuntu. If you wish to install Kubuntu, Xubuntu or another official derivative of Ubuntu, select your preferred one from the drop-down list.

  6. In the Language list, select your preferred language.
  7. In the Username box, enter a username for your Ubuntu account.
  8. In the Password box, enter a password for your Ubuntu account. Repeat this password on the second line.
  9. Select Install. The Ubuntu Setup progress window appears. When Ubuntu has finished installing, the Completing the Ubuntu Setup Wizard window appears.

    Finish Installation

    Finish Installation

  10. Select Reboot now and click Finish. Your computer restarts and the Windows Boot Manager appears.

    Dula-boot Menu

    Dula-boot Menu

  11. Using your keyboard’s up and down arrow keys, select Ubuntu and press Enter. Ubuntu loads and the Checking the installation wizard appears. Ubuntu is now installed.

NOTE: Since Wubi installs Ubuntu on the same file partition as Windows, there may be a slight degradation in Ubuntu’s performance over time due to file fragmentation.

Uninstall Ubuntu

Removing Ubuntu in Windows follows the standard Uninstall a program option in Microsoft Windows.

  1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel. The Control Panel appears.

    Control Panel

    Control Panel

  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. The Uninstall or change a program window appears.

    Uninstall Programs

    Uninstall Programs

  3. Select Ubuntu and then click Uninstall/Change. The Wubi Uninstall window appears.

    Uninstall Ubuntu

    Uninstall Ubuntu

  4. Click Uninstall. The progress wizard appears. The Completing the Wubi Uninstall Wizard appears.

    Uninstall Ubuntu

    Uninstall Ubuntu

  5. Click Finish. Ubuntu is uninstalled.


Also read : Ubuntu cleanup and maintenance

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