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Old 05-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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installing ubuntu within windows xp


I noticed that there is an option to install ubuntu within windows, using wubi.

Am looking into this option as am not a great fan of dual booting or virtual programs and I'd just like to know a few things:

- If I install it, can I completely uninstall from add/remove programs in XP?

- Does this work through a virtual program?

- What's the recommended gig amount for it and does it add a bootloader in?

- Is performance the same as an ubuntu hdd install ?

Basically, I'd like to know if this is a better option to dual booting. Also if I do uninstall completely will I be left with bootloader issues?


Thanks
 
Old 05-03-2009, 01:54 PM   #2
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Yes-you can uninstall it

No-it's not virtual

It doesn't add a bootloader-it runs as an installed program-it will take up diskspace

Performance maybe a little slower.

Dual booting, and for me, 8zillion booting is good!
 
Old 05-03-2009, 02:09 PM   #3
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I noticed that there is an option to install ubuntu within windows, using wubi.

Am looking into this option as am not a great fan of dual booting or virtual programs and I'd just like to know a few things:

- If I install it, can I completely uninstall from add/remove programs in XP?
Yes.
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- Does this work through a virtual program?
Sort of. It downloads the Ubuntu .iso, and works similar to CoLinux.

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Originally Posted by tigertim71 View Post
- What's the recommended gig amount for it and does it add a bootloader in?
10 GB or more, I seem to remember. It adds an entry to the Windows boot menu.
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- Is performance the same as an ubuntu hdd install ?
Almost
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Basically, I'd like to know if this is a better option to dual booting. Also if I do uninstall completely will I be left with bootloader issues?
It's different, not better. No problems with uninstalling.
 
Old 05-03-2009, 08:10 PM   #4
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Many Thanks for the responses. I took the plunge and actually installed Xubuntu 9.04 through wubi.

At the moment all seems ok, although I noticed there are issues with this:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

I'll post if anything goes wrong (but hope it stays right). Hopefully this will be a better alternative for me than grub or sun virtualbox, which have both caused me grief...
 
  


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