What's the difference between Wubi and a regular “alongside Windows” installation?


Actually, Ubuntu does have disk swap and it does have a separate disk partition. And so what if it doesn't! Just go into the command line interface in windows and type diskpart disk_partition_name I've even seen it have it. If I go into my disk partitions right now and see, I'll see:

Layout: simple, type: basic, status: Healthy (active, Recovery Partition), Capacity: 1.46 GB, free space: 1.46 GB, % free : 100%, fault tolerance: no, overhead: 0% Layout: simple, type: basic, status: Healthy (active, Recovery Partition), Capacity: 11.72 GB, free space: 11.72 GB, % free : 100%, fault tolerance: no, overhead: 0%

And then I see my hard drive partition. If you install Ubuntu and go into computer management\storage\disk management and look at your partitions, you will see your partitions and you may see Ubuntu there. You can even

Open the partition, Explore the partition, Mark the partition as active, Change the drive letters and paths, Shrink the volume, Look at its properties,...
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System Installation


Q: When installing I'm given the option of encrypting my home folder -- what does this do?

Tags: system-installation (Next Q), encryption (Next Q)

· Does encrypting my home folder make my computer more secure?

· Do I have to enter my password more if my home folder is encrypted?

· What else should I know about encrypting my home folder?

Tags: system-installation (Next Q), encryption (Next Q)

User: david-siegel

Answer by marco-ceppi


1. Encrypting your home folder doesn't actually make your computer more secure - it simply makes all the files and folders in your home folder more secure from unauthorized viewing.

o Your computer is still "vulnerable" in a security standpoint - but it becomes very difficult for your content to be stolen (unless the attacker has your password).

2. You won't need to actually enter your password any more than you normally do -...

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Is there any Windows installer (wubi) for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

When I mount the .iso file with Daemon Tools and run wubi.exe, it just asks me if I want to reboot (I think that's useful only when the .iso is burned on CD), so is there no "real" installation?

The WUBI installer is on the 14.04 ISO and works with windows up to 7. Windows 8 and Windows ME are not supported by WUBI. The only ISO that does not have WUBI is the 13.04 version (and that is end of life already)

Take note of the accepted upvote on the 1st link from a developer of WUBI. Copied parts from META:

... It has shipped on the CD and is still shipped. Primary function is to be a "cd autolauncher" for people who pop the cd into a Windows machine, at that time it says "You need to reboot, to try ubuntu! [reboot now]" or some such.

If one copies the wubi.exe off the cd, it will launch and offer Wubi based installation.

If one downloads wubi.exe off official release mirrors or...

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How to boot WUBI installed Ubuntu within Windows 8?

I have Windows 8 Release Customer Preview on my laptop. I tried to install Ubuntu on it with Ubuntu Windows installer (I have always used this to install, although that was on Windows 7), it installs and asks to reboot, then immediately Windows 8 boots up.

I do not have the option to choose what OS to boot. How can I boot to Ubuntu? VM is not exactly what I would like to use, but it is an option, however a last resort. Any help?

Source: (StackOverflow)

Using a folder on an ntfs partition as /home

I use wubi to install Ubuntu 10.10 on my ntfs partition. So I want to change the home folder to a folder on the ntfs partition. I could keep the personal configuration, software and so on after reinstalling the Ubuntu.

So I use ntfs-config to manage the disk partition, it's mounted when system is startup. And the permission of all files and directories are 777.

Then I modified the...

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Wubi lets you have a fully functional Linux system without partitioning. Install gives you a completely independent system

I found that Wubi was identical to a Full installation. I haven't found there to be a noticable speed difference and I began testing Wubi back in 2008 when there was an unofficial release for Ubuntu 7.04

Installing Ubuntu as a dual-boot with Windows using Wubi without partitioning

You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.

Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.

Boot in to windows insert the Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where the Wubi...

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In a galaxy far far away, in a time period before the Unity desktop ever existed it was possible to install Ubuntu using a Windows application called WUBI.

WUBI worked like any other application installer and when you booted your computer you could choose whether to use Windows or Ubuntu.

Installing Ubuntu in this way was much easier than the way we do things now as the common methods used today are to dual boot on separate partitions or run Ubuntu in a virtual machine.

(There are many different virtual machine software programs to from which to choose.)

Ubuntu dropped support for WUBI a long time ago and it is not part of the ISO image any longer however there is still an active WUBI project and in this guide I will show you how to install Ubuntu using WUBI and how to boot from it.

How To Get WUBI

You can get WUBI from https://github.com/hakuna-m/wubiuefi/releases.

The linked page has a number of different...

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Aug 10, 2010

I installed lucid using wubi to dual boot with vista - I'm just wondering if there's any advantage to be gained into going back into vista, un installing lucid, making the necessary partitions and reinstalling lucid 'properly'.I use both OSs on a laptop so the power issue regarding fs vulnerability isn't that much of a concern.


Jan 22, 2011

I want to install ubuntu 10.10 on a desktop that will use my tv as a screen, the problem is that during installation I can not see the entire screen, the parts where I click to go to the next screen is not visible.I dont have a normal desktop screen, I use a laptop

I have tried changing the vga ratio on my tv but it dont make a difference.The only way to fix is is from ubuntu itself once its installedI read I can use a text based installer called Alternative installer.my question is : once its installed is there any difference between the normal installer and...

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I have been around the Linux community for more than 10 years now. From the very beginning, I have known that there are basic differences between Linux and Windows that will always set them apart. This is not, in the least, to say one is better than the other. It's just to say that they are fundamentally different. Many people, looking from the view of one operating system or the other, don't quite get the differences between these two powerhouses. So I decided it might serve the public well to list 10 of the primary differences between Linux and Windows.

Note: This information is also available as a PDF download.

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Having access to the source code is probably the single most significant difference between Linux and Windows. The fact that Linux belongs to the GNU Public License ensures that users (of all sorts) can access (and alter) the code to the very kernel that serves as the foundation of the Linux operating system. You...

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Wubi is an Ubuntu installer that lets you install Ubuntu within Windows without actually changing your Windows settings. It’s just like installing any Windows’ program. With this tool you can run a full version of Ubuntu as if it was installed on a separate machine with own files and storage.

If you’re thinking of testing Ubuntu but don’t have or can’t afford another machine, use your Windows machine to install Ubuntu and when you’re done, remove it and go back to the way your system was without messing up anything.

Another way to run both Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on the same machine is to dual boot them both. This method although not easy, allows you to install both Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on the same computer. Both systems share the same resources on the single computer without affecting either system’s files or settings. To learn how to do that, read our post.

The Wubi method is easy to accomplish and easy to revert your system if you no longer want...

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Ubuntu 16.10 released with a support of 9 months until July 2017 and Ubuntu 16.04 has been released in wild by Canonical with a life circle of 5 years support.

This tutorial will guide you on how you can perform the installation of Ubuntu 16.10 and Ubuntu 16.04 in dual-boot with a Microsoft Operating System on machines that come pre-installed with Windows 10.

For fresh Ubuntu 16.04/16.10 installation, read our article about Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop Installation Guide and Ubuntu 16.10 Installation Guide

This guide assumes that your machine comes pre-installed with Windows 10 OS or an older version of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 8.1 or 8.

In case your hardware uses UEFI then you should modify the EFI settings and disable Secure Boot feature.

If your computer has no other Operating System already installed and you plan to use a Windows variant alongside Ubuntu 16.04/16.10, you should first install Microsoft Windows and then proceed with Ubuntu...

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Lots of people argue why I should use Linux (any distro, I prefer Ubuntu) when I am currently using Windows or Mac. Given a chance to select your choice of operating system (OS), people may prefer to use Linux than anything else. The other thing which prevents users using Linux is the hardware support which is not that good currently for Linux. But that is because we have been living in a world where Windows is being forced to everyone when they buy PC. That’s why hardware manufacturers are also forced to support Windows first than any other thing. But this support has increased tremendously over last couple of years. At the same time Linux community has developed itself in making Linux (Ubuntu in particular) more user friendly.
Anyways that is an ongoing debate whether you should use Linux or Windows or Mac. And at some point it is a personal choice as well.
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Updated For Ubuntu 16.04

This is the 2nd guide showing how to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux.

The reason there are two guides is that the instructions differ enough between machines with a UEFI bootloader and a standard BIOS.

This guide focuses on computers with a standard BIOS. If your computer has a UEFI bootloader read this guide instead.

If you were using any version of Windows up to Windows 7 before upgrading to Windows 10 then it is likely this guide is for you.

Before going on however follow these simple instructions to find out whether your computer is UEFI or BIOS based.

In the search box at the bottom of the screen type “System Information” and when the icon appears at the top click on it.

Halfway down the right panel there is an item called BIOS mode. If it says Legacy (or anything other than UEFI) then this guide will work for you.

Steps For Dual Booting Windows 10 And...

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How do I install Ubuntu?

Run Wubi, insert a password for the new account, and click "install". The installation process from this point is fully automatic. The installation files (700MB) will be downloaded and checked, after which you will be asked to reboot. Do so and select Ubuntu at the boot screen. The installation will continue for another 10-15 minutes and the machine will reboot again. This is it. Now you can select Ubuntu at the boot screen and start using it.

How do I uninstall it?

You uninstall it as any other applications. In Windows go to the control panel and select "Add or Remove Programs", then select Wubi/Ubuntu and uninstall it. You can also use the uninstaller that you find in the installation folder.

How do I select whether to run Windows or Ubuntu?

When you reboot you can choose to run Windows or Ubuntu.

Can I access my Windows files from a Wubi installation?

Yes, the Windows partitions will...

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Services are also not tied to running as a 1:1 mapping with a process. Many services can exist within one process, normally through the use of svchost (take a look at these with process explorer for an indication of how this often works). This reduces the effort at startup as multiple processes are not required for relatively lightweight services.

Implementing a service in c# is pretty simple, this page indicates how in very...

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Please note, Language Packs are free for all editions of Windows...

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From this point wubi.exe will download all needed files, and install an option to boot to Lubuntu or Windows. It will then automatically reboot the computer.

For me, this step took about 15 minutes.

3. When the computer reboots, select Lubuntu as the boot option.

Once rebooted, installation of the operating system files will commence. This happens automatically, and requires no interaction on your part. In my experience this took about 25 minutes.

When this step completes, the system will auto-boot one more time. When the reboot starts, again choose Lubuntu, enter your password, and you should be up and running!

4. Install any pending updates to the OS.

In my installation, soon after Lubuntu started running the Update Manager appeared. It’s good practice to immediately download all the updates it suggests so that your Lubuntu installation is fully up to date.

That’s it! You should now have a real, functioning Lubuntu implementation...

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