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ricus
August 17th, 2009, 08:57 PM
:confused:

Will Ubuntu work with Windows XP?

zerhacke
August 17th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Linux is an operating system just like Windows is an operating system. You can't run one inside the other (let's not work with virtualization yet).

If you are nervous about using Linux but want to try it anyways, I suggest using the program called "wubi" in Windows. It will install Ubuntu Linux into your windows installation, and when you start up Windows it will ask you which you would like to use. If at some time you become uncomfortable with using Linux, you can reboot and go back to Windows. If you decide you don't want to use Linux at all you can uninstall the Wubi installation of Linux and go back to Windows only.

If you decide you want to use Linux full time you could then install Linux to a native partition.

ricus
August 17th, 2009, 09:05 PM
:confused:

Will Ubuntu work with Windows XP?

Merk42
August 17th, 2009, 09:09 PM
You're going to need to elaborate on that.
Ubuntu is an entirely different operating system, like Mac OS X.
You can dual boot Ubuntu and Windows XP, meaning when you turn your computer on, you'd be prompted which you'd want to start.
Some programs on Windows are available on Ubuntu, like Firefox. Some aren't, like Microsoft Office but have native equivalents, like OpenOffice.org.

So in short please explain what you plan on doing.

zerhacke
August 17th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Hey, why was my post removed?

SlickRick
August 17th, 2009, 09:10 PM
That's a fairly unexplained question. You might want to add more detail to what you actually want to know.

Short answer: yes it will work. I have two dual-boot systems. One with XP and Ubuntu on separate hard drives and one with Vista and ubuntu on the same HD. If you're planning on a dual-boot, it would be better to have windows installed first.

Merk42
August 17th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Hey, why was my post removed?

It wasn't, he made a duplicate thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1242849) which I suggest get closed before it adds any more confusion.

lisati
August 17th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Ubuntu is an operating system, as is Windows XP. An operating system is used to run your computer.

You can have more than one installed on your computer if you choose, but you would normally only use one at a time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/WhatIsUbuntu

It is possible to try Ubuntu without actually installing anything on your computer. This is commonly done using what is known as a "Live CD" - the regular CD for Ubuntu can be used as a Live CD.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_cd

freak42
August 17th, 2009, 09:17 PM
please don't double post your questions.

Your other thread is here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1242853

overdrank
August 17th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Hi and welcome, Threads merged. :)

zerhacke
August 17th, 2009, 09:35 PM
It wasn't, he made a duplicate thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1242849) which I suggest get closed before it adds any more confusion.

Oh, ok! I didn't realize. Thanks!