Tempted by the Linux adventure but don't want to take risks (partitioning, for example)? Then install Ubuntu — a Linux distribution, in the same way as an application in Windows. The installation process is simplified and you can uninstall Linux at any time via the Add/Delete Programs menu. Once installed, Windows and Ubuntu will be set to dual-boot, i.e. you will now have the choice between starting a Microsoft or Ubuntu system. Everything is therefore fully automated for our greatest happiness: the world of Linux is just one click away!
Update — 19/07/2009 : a demo video was added at the end of the article to complete these explanations.
This type of installation is unique to the Ubuntu distribution and this procedure is called Wubi. Let’s see that it’s exactly the same as installing any software. I'll tell you from the outset: No command line to enter, no risky partitioning operations, no boot file management, etc. This method is therefore useful to all, for all users.
Step 1 — Download of Wubi
As I said Wubi is the name of the application to install the application in Windows. Start by downloading it at the following address:
Once downloaded, double-click the executable and wait a few seconds.
N.B. : you must be connected to the Internet during the installation process. If your connection is unstable or inefficient, then use a live CD by Ubuntu which will offer you the same installation possibilities described below. The only difference is that the files will be copied from the CD and not from the Internet — hence updates required later.
Step 2 — Installation of Ubuntu
A single screen must be configured before starting the installation process. Well, it’s hard to make it simpler!
Select the location of your choice. By default, C: is chosen in the same way as for a classic program, it will install on the system partition — for example, C:Mozilla Firefox Programs
The French is selected by default. So you have nothing to change except for exceptions, of course.
Ubuntu requires at least 5 GB but I advise you to assign 10 GB. This is largely enough to install many applications. And then, this solution allows you to test Linux for a shorter or shorter duration. If you want to make it your main operating system, you will have to opt for a classic installation method — which is hardly very complicated.
Ubuntu uses by default the GNOME desktop pretty close to Mac OS on certain aspects (for example, task bar at the top of the screen).
Kubuntu relies when to him on KDE — in its fourth version, a desktop close to Windows.
Mythbuntu is specifically dedicated to the Media Center. This is a specific mode but note that the Media Center app is also available on other environments.
Xubuntu uses an ultra minimalist desktop with fake GNOME air. To be reserved for low-performance machines, the interface is very stripped.
I recommend you opt for GNOME or KDE to get started.
All we have to do is define a username and then a password in the fields provided for this purpose.
A button Accessibility offers you some additional options in terms of mobile and visual aids. To be informed if necessary.
Step 3 — Finalisation
You are now ready to install Ubuntu. Just click on the button Install.
Wait for tens of minutes and restart the system. You now have the choice between using Windows or Ubuntu. For this, use the keys Top and Low from your keyboard and press Entry to launch the desired system.
Once started, Ubuntu will ask you for your username and password — the ones you indicated in the previous step.
Once connected, all you have to do is discover with a curious eye this OS that is full of my faith with many assets! Have a nice visit!