Install Ubuntu On A Windows Netbook, No Partitioning Needed

Maybe you want to give Linux a try on your netbook with Ubuntu's Netbook Remix, but don't want to have to wipe your system to do so. Luckily, you can install and remove Ubuntu from Windows, just like any other application.

At the How-To Geek's abode away from Lifehacker, writer Matthew details the pretty simple process of installing Ubuntu as a kind of sub-system in Windows using Wubi. Pick "Ubuntu Netbook" from the Desktop Environment menu when installing, and you're on your way. Matthew also details how to make your Windows files and folders easily accessible from your new Ubuntu desktop, along with explaining more advanced Windows/Ubuntu boot options and providing a basic tour of the small-screen-focused Ubuntu. It's a pain-free way of trying out Ubuntu on a netbook and seeing if it works for you.

Got a netbook that Ubuntu Netbook Remix just absolutely sings on? Have a few things you wish were fixed in UNR? We'll gladly take both talking points in the comments.

Install Ubuntu Netbook Edition with Wubi Installer [How-To Geek]


    I went about the install a bit differently as I have Daemon tools already installed in XP, I just grabbed the ISO, mounted it into the virtual DVD drive (that Daemon tools creates)and ran the Wubi installer from there.

    (I use Ubuntu Desktop on my EEEPC because I prefer the interface. My function buttons work (except for the task manager/system monitor).)

    I found it interesting that when I plugged a Sierra Wireless 306 USB dongle in, Ubuntu recognised it straight away, asked for a pin number and I was on the Internet... NO software installation required.

    I have also found it significantly faster to shut down.

    I'm going to stick to the Dual boot/wubi install for a while as I haven't yet started looking into getting AOE2 to work under Ubuntu.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now