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Juergen Haas

Wubi - Install Ubuntu Linux Like a Windows Application

By April 29, 2008

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Kubuntu installed with Wubi Wubi is probably the easiest way for Windows users to try out Linux. With this method the process of installing a Linux system as a dual-boot setup is just like installing any Windows application, namely running an executable.

By clicking on the "Download Now" button on the page http://wubi-installer.org you can download the executable "Wubi-8.04.exe". After downloading is complete you can double click this executable to start the installation process of Ubuntu Linux version 8.04 ("Hardy Heron").

Unfortunately, downloading the Linux installation file is rather slow and can take several hours. However, completing the installation process is very simple. Just follow the few instructions on the screen. You can choose one of several other versions of Ubuntu, such as Kubuntu, or Edubuntu. Kubuntu is probably the version Windows users would be most comfortable with. When the installation is complete, you will have a choice between your Windows operating system and Ubuntu when you re-start your computer (use the arrow keys to select).

The Wubi installation will give you a real Linux system, not an emulation. However, the Linux file system is implemented as one large file instead of separate partitions. That is why it may run somewhat slower than a regular installation, especially if your hard disk is severely fragmented. But it also avoids the hassles and risks associated with changing your hard disk partitions.

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October 30, 2008 at 11:10 am
(1) Stewie says:

Better yet, get a copy of Sun xVM VirtualBox. This is free software that lets you install Linux and run it at the same time as you run windows on the same hardware. It is not dual boot. The Linux will run as a virtual machine in a window at the same time as you are using Windows. You can install almost any version of Linux with it.

May 4, 2010 at 12:12 am
(2) Amy says:

Another advantage to virtualbox is that you can use your host system’s internet as well.

Just make sure to run the guest additions, or the mouse will be rather jumpy. I love running this on my dual screen setup.

January 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm
(3) Matovu,Patrick says:

Any videos of such installations?
And can you uninstall Wubi or the virtually boxes from a Windows pc,or laptop?

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