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I have created a partition of 292GB. Do i have to format this partition in NTFS format before starting the installation process and do i have to create root, swap and data partitions also before installation or installation process will create these partitions??
Formatting the partition with NTFS is a no-go here, you can't install Linux on a NTFS partition.
I would recommend to just remove the partition you created and let Ubuntu's installer use the unpartitioned space. This way the installer will create and format all necessary partitions.
If you already created the partition, then there is no point in defragmenting the windows partition.
That is a safeguard to modify partitions before shrink a partition to create new partitions in the hard drive.
Originally Posted by zak100
...Also is it necessary to create image file...
You actually don't create the image file, that is what you download to burn the installation CD/DVD, also it possible to use USB drives or USB thumb drives(pendrives) to do the same. The image file will be something like: ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso
If you have a windows operating system, you can go to the unetbootin site and download the software. Make sure you download the windows version. You should then be able to use unetbootin to put your Ubuntu iso on the flash drive, boot from it and install Ubuntu to the hard drive. You haven't given much info on what you are using.
Thanks for your advise related to USB. However in the meantime, i tried with a dvd and it created several folders like .disk, boot, casper, dists, efi, imstall, isolinux, pics, pool, pressed and four files. When i try to run wubi, first of all it shows me two buttons having labels as (i)demo and full installation and ii)learn more. However when i click demo button, it shows a dialog box which ask me to boot or not to boot. If i say boot , it uploads the win7 again.
Kindly guide me why ubuntu not yet installed? I have win7.
If you have a working bootable installation disk(which looks like you do) it should load when you boot the machine with the CD/DVD in the drive, if the machine is set to boot with the CD/DVD 1st. If your machine is ignoring the CD/DVD drive then maybe you need to change the settings in the BIOS/Setup. Most computers are set to boot from the CD/DVD as default. To verify enter in the BIOS/Setup, when you turn on the computer in the 1st screen you will see a message saying press some key to enter the BIOS/Setup, the key varies from machine to machine, can be delete, F2 or different than that, just look what it says in your computer.
I changed the booting option and the DVD booted. I saw the dialog box
"Preparing to install Ubuntu". Then it asked the question related to wifi. However after some time(less than 10 minutes)it said remove your installation medium but it didnot say whether ubuntu has installed or not. I later on booted my system again but i didnt see any grub like operation and it loaded the windows7 again.
Kindly guide me how to find out whether ubuntu installed or not.
Thanks for your attention. Actually i cant reinstall windows. I dont have its installation cd. I can however restore to factory fittd installation. These people told me an option which doesnt require reinstallation, so i tried it. However if its necessary i can buy it.
Ubuntu desktop version is live-cd you can let it boot & it will go to desktop where you can get partition information.
Open terminal & issue command
By terminal do you mean Start->Run (right now i am sitting on xp PC).