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Old 07-21-2009, 03:23 AM   #1
gaya3_k
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Unhappy installing Ubuntu


hi ,
i have got an ubuntu cd, there is an option "install inside windows",is this mean, we can have dual os windows and linux.
i actually wanted to have a dual os.
is there any partition of hardware which is required to do b4 installing.
i dont have any idea about installing dual os. plz help me out.
thanks in advance.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 03:55 AM   #2
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hi,

Install inside windows option uses WUBI. If you choose to use this option you'll have a dual booting setup with Windows and Ubuntu, there'll be no new partition created (Ubuntu will use a file as the hard disk - the process is called loopmounting). Plus, you can choose to uninstall Ubuntu from the "Add/Remove Programs" Tool in the control panel.

The other option is to set your CD/DVD drive as the first device in the boot device priority list and install Ubuntu on its own partition. Ubuntu has one of the simplest installation procedures.

Since you are new to this, you might want to try WUBI first and then move on to installing Ubuntu on it's own partition.

Good luck.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 04:10 AM   #3
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If you want to be able to use both windows and linux programs at the same time you might want to look into VirtualBox. It's very easy to setup and you can test drive any number of distros installed to virtual disks (files).
 
Old 07-21-2009, 04:22 AM   #4
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hi
thanks for ur reply,
since i am very new to these things the terms u r speaking about , i am not at all getting, virtualbox...???
i know i am asking stupid question, but no way, i dont know !! i have to ask!!! i will try installing then ask u people questions...
Anyhow thanks alot for ur replies.....

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Old 07-21-2009, 04:25 AM   #5
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I can advise you to boot the ubuntu cd. I have no experience with ubuntu, but there should be somewhere an application to partition your harddrive. It is possible to scale an NTFS partition (what windows uses), but it's better to backup everything, partition your harddrive with the ubuntu cd (make a windows partition, a linux partition and a SWAP partition with the size of your RAM). Then install windows on your harddrive. After that install ubuntu.

Hope it helps.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 05:00 AM   #6
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VirtualBox is a program which creates a 'Virtual Machine' or 'Fake' computer inside windows (or linux). You can treat this like a normal PC - it will boot, you can install things on it like a Linux OS. If you mess it all up, you can delete it and try again! Plus Linux will be running 'inside' windows so you won't need to reboot to switch between them.

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:19 AM   #7
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You might want to check if you have enough RAM (right click My Computer and click properties) for both OSes to run at the same time. Ubuntu 9.04 needs at least 256MB of RAM.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 05:21 AM   #8
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You might want to check if you have enough RAM (right click My Computer and click properties) for both OSes to run at the same time. Ubuntu 9.04 needs at least 256MB of RAM.
That's true, you have to dedicate a chunk to the virtual machine (VM). Not everyone has 8Gb to throw around...
 
Old 07-21-2009, 07:25 AM   #9
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Hi i dont know whether this will be any help but i recently installed ubuntu on my system that previously only had windows xp on it. when i went through the installation i was asked where to install it and i was able to resize the windows partition and create one for ubuntu without getting rid of any windows data (i just booted the pc from the ubuntu disk btw). it was quite a simple operation hope this can help
 
Old 07-21-2009, 07:38 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gaya3_k View Post
hi ,
i have got an ubuntu cd, there is an option "install inside windows",is this mean, we can have dual os windows and linux.
i actually wanted to have a dual os.
is there any partition of hardware which is required to do b4 installing.
i dont have any idea about installing dual os. plz help me out.
thanks in advance.
ok put the cd in your drive and reboot then you can do it ubuntu website provides good info for dual booting
 
Old 07-21-2009, 10:39 AM   #11
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Hi i dont know whether this will be any help but i recently installed ubuntu on my system that previously only had windows xp on it. when i went through the installation i was asked where to install it and i was able to resize the windows partition and create one for ubuntu without getting rid of any windows data (i just booted the pc from the ubuntu disk btw). it was quite a simple operation hope this can help
Yes it's possible to resize NTFS-partitions. But always check in windows with the defragmentation tool, where the files are located on the disk. My dad bought a new Dell system a few months ago. So the installation of windows XP was nearly empty. But around 150 gb (total of 320 gb diskspace) there were files on the disk, that were unable to move.

I had to make the windows partition around 160 gb, otherwise data will get lost. Make sure you check that before resizing any NTFS-partition.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 10:20 PM   #12
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hi,
Thanks a lot for all ur replies...
i installed Ubuntu successfully,Actually wen i inserted the CD it asked for installing inside windows, i said yes, then it asked for the drive to install, i selected 'D' drive to install.
it got installed.Even i searched on net and got info about that virtualbox too. its realy good yar, thanks, i didnt knew it before

And also my RAM size is 512mb,&
120gb hard disk.

now the problem is,
when i started to install at the begining it asked for user name and password, i gave,
but i didnt specify any passwd for root,
when i want to switch to root, its asking for passwd, i dont know what that is?
how to access as root?please help me......

Thanks,
Gayathri

Last edited by gaya3_k; 07-21-2009 at 10:25 PM.
 
Old 07-22-2009, 03:24 AM   #13
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Hi as I understand it there is no root account as such but the "sudo" command (without inverted commas) must be used when root permissions are required in the terminal. Also when using the synaptic package manager or another program that would normally require you to be root just asks for your accounts password. I hope this helps
 
Old 07-22-2009, 04:24 AM   #14
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Yes, Ubuntu doesn't want you to be root ever. You can sudo everything though, including sudo su... (become root)
 
  


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