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    Install 12.04 without disrupting windows

    I have an HP desktop with one hard drive and it is dual boot with WinXP and 11.04.

    My goal is to upgrade to 12.04, (since 11.04 is no longer supported) and for which I have downloaded the .iso file, done the md5sum and burned a disk.

    My question is what would be the best way to get 12.04 onto my hard drive without disrupting the WinXP system?

    TIA.
    Lewis.

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    1. Backup inportant files from Ubuntu partition.
    2. Boot from LiveCD
    3. Install Ubuntu to the same partition (or partitions) choosing format option.
    4. Restore backuped files.

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    First, backup any data you have, just in case.


    If your plan is to just upgrade, I would use an 11.10 alternate cd to upgrade to 11.10 (just stick it in while Ubuntu is running and it should offer to do the upgrade), then once one 11.10, update everything via update manager, then update to 12.04 LTS via update manager.


    It goes without saying that sometimes (they've always worked out for me) upgrades don't work out or have funky problems so keep that 12.04 disc handy.
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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    Before you go off and format partitions: what's your partition layout? Do you use separate / and /home partitions? If so, at install time you should format ONLY the root partition, as formatting your home partition will overwrite your data.
    I'm thinking about it

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    Or you could just update to the latest Ubuntu release without uninstalling

    http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-upg...top-and-server

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerome1232 View Post
    First, backup any data you have, just in case.


    If your plan is to just upgrade, I would use an 11.10 alternate cd to upgrade to 11.10 (just stick it in while Ubuntu is running and it should offer to do the upgrade), then once one 11.10, update everything via update manager, then update to 12.04 LTS via update manager.


    It goes without saying that sometimes (they've always worked out for me) upgrades don't work out or have funky problems so keep that 12.04 disc handy.
    Thanks, this was very helpful.
    Lewis.

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    Title changed to reflect the question.

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerome1232 View Post
    If your plan is to just upgrade, I would use an 11.10 alternate cd to upgrade to 11.10 (just stick it in while Ubuntu is running and it should offer to do the upgrade), then once one 11.10, update everything via update manager, then update to 12.04 LTS via update manager.
    Would you be kind enough to explain your thinking with this? Why use a DVD to upgrade to 11.10 then update manager to go further? Why not use update manager all the way through (I personally wouldn't as that's a lot of updates / bandwidth) or just use the 12.x DVD go straight from 11.04 as a fresh install?
    Linux is not windows // Ubuntu (Quantal:12.10) Guide
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    Re: Install 12.04 without disrupting windows

    Becuase 11.04 is End of Life and you'd have to swap your sources to the old releases archives, just seemed easier advise to go with the cd upgrade. Also as I understand it you should go release to release unless your jumping LTS to LTS.
    "You can't expect to hold supreme executive power just because some watery tart lobbed a sword at you"

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    Re: Not sure what to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by nothingspecial View Post
    Title changed to reflect the question.
    Why did you do this?

    What do you mean by it?
    Lewis.

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