I want to know how I can install Ubuntu 7.04 on to my windows XP system. I have it ready to burn. I also want to know two things: 1. Is it permanent? 2. Can I erase it or switch back whenever I want?
And to another topic, my friend is getting a new laptop with Windows Vista. He did not buy any anti-virus software to cut down of prices. Is there any good free anti-virus/spyware software he can use?
extantrifler;3668887I want to know how I can install Ubuntu 7.04 on to my windows XP system. I have it ready to burn. I also want to know two things: 1. Is it permanent? 2. Can I erase it or switch back whenever I want? [/quote] If you've allocated your entire drive to XP (i.e 1x NTFS partition) then IIRC Ubuntu will have no choice but to overwrite it. However, if you've only partitioned part of the drive for XP then Ubuntu can use the remaining free space to allow you to dual-boot between both operating systems.
You do get to try it out before you install it though - the installation CD/DVD doubles as a Live CD 'demo' of the operating system. Once you've tried it out and found that you're happy with it just load the Ubuntu Setup Wizard from the desktop and it'll install itself on the hard drive. If on the other hand you don't like it you can just quit and it won't make any permanent changes to your system. [quote=extantrifler;3668887]And to another topic, my friend is getting a new laptop with Windows Vista. He did not buy any anti-virus software to cut down of prices. Is there any good free anti-virus/spyware software he can use?
it looks like you never tried linux, or installed an OS at all.
first, you can't have ubuntu and windows on the same partition, because windows uses NTFS file system and linux uses other filesystems (such as ext3, ext2, reiserFS etc.). therefore, you can't install linux on NTFS partition, however, when installed, linux can read from ntfs but not write to it. so unless you have some free, unpartitioned space available on your hard drive, you'll have to delete windows and then reinstall it on a smaller partition, so there's unpartitioned space left for linux. THEN you can actually install linux.
but, assuming that you downloaded ubuntu LIVE cd, you can run ubuntu directly from the cd just to try it out, although it works slow and all the settings/data that you have changed will be lost on a reboot. well it goes like this:
1.download an ISO image 2.burn it to a cd 3.reboot the computer 4.before windows starts open BIOS (press delete) 5.find the menu labeled "boot" 6.find the "first boot device" menu and set it to cdrom 7.save changes and exit 8.after the reboot, with the ubuntu cd inside, the ubuntu menu should appear, instead of booting windows, offering options like "run or install ubuntu", "check cd for defects", "memory test" etc. 9.select "run or install ubuntu" and press enter 10.wait for the system to load
on the desktop you'll see an icon offering you to install. by clicking it, a setup wizard shows up. it will guide you through installation from here on.
installation is easy, but keep in mind that you'll have to reformat windows xp. another thing is that, linux + windows don't like each other very well so i'd recommend having them on separate disks. and if you don't know anything about those things, go find some tutorials, before you loose any valuable data or something.
btw, erasing ubuntu is as easy as erasing windows. after you erase ubuntu, you can make another empty ntfs partition that will be recognized by windows as another drive.
Nice Guy;3669004linux can read from ntfs but not write to it.
18th November 2004
Not with much stability, so I hear.
And you can reformat your partitions without completely reinstalling Windows. Norton PartitionMagic FTW.
Zamamee;3669015Not with much stability, so I hear.[/quote] With older versions of the above this was certainly true, however *nix NTFS support has come along leaps and bounds since then. I know people who have been using NTFS-3G daily for the past few months without a single hitch, error or instance of data loss. [quote=Zamamee;3669015]Norton PartitionMagic FTW.
Otherwise known as Partition Tragic...
Your funny Rookie.
So what are you saying? Norton Partition Magic is becoming less reliable?
Follow the following advice, and you should be fine.
1. Defrag, defrag, defrag. It reduces the risk of data loss.
2. Do not move partitions. HIGH RISK.
3. Resize them at the end of the partition, not at the beginning. If you resize a partition at the beginning, you might as well be moving the partition.
Rookie;3669039Otherwise known as Partition Tragic...
Even if it does fuck up, it's less destructive than your option of completely removing the entire Windows partition...
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
Normally, I'd suggest using the partitioner that comes with Ubuntu, but the thread starter displays a lack of knowledge about linux that concerns me.
I erased my windows partition last night, and it wasn't destructive at all.
/me is happy being back to 100% Ubuntu.
Monster_UserSo what are you saying? Norton Partition Magic is becoming less reliable?[/quote] That's a relative term. It was never that good to start with. ;) [quote=Bs|Archaon]Even if it does fuck up, it's less destructive than your option of completely removing the entire Windows partition...
IMO it would be much safer to backup your data and then format/repartition your Windows installation than run the risk that PartitionMagic screws over your entire XP partition without warning. (Of course you should always backup your data when doing anything like this, but at the end of the day if you're backing up anyway it would probably be simpler to just reformat.)