Posted by: Crowe | October 2, 2007

Install Ubuntu on a Windows PC…without repartitioning!

WUBI

For those that are curious about Ubuntu but do not have a spare PC to install it on, don’t care to (or not enough RAM to) run Ubuntu as a VM, or are NOT comfortable with repartitioning a Windows box…now there’s a solution for you. WUBI.
From their site…”Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you.”

Screens from the Install:

1. The Windows Installer

wubi-install-01.jpg

2. Setting your options. You can choose up to 30GB install size and choose between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, EDUbuntu, Xubuntu, and UbuntuStudio. Setup username/ password here. Click Install.

wubi-install-02.jpg

3. The .iso download begins. Notice it uses the alternate install as it does not require a graphical interface for install. All of the specified parameters from the first step are inserted into the text-based installer.

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4. After the .iso downloads, simply reboot as requested and the installer will run through setup without prompting for input (it took about 10 minutes on my laptop). When finished, your machine will reboot again and bring you to the boot loader options. Click Ubuntu and it fires right up.

5. Should you decide to remove Ubuntu from your system, boot into Windows , go to add/ remove Programs and uninstall WUBI. The uninstaller will also remove the Ubuntu option from the boot loader. Voila!

I tried this without issue on an XP install. If anyone tries this on a Vista box running bitlocker, I’d be interested to see what happens!

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