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    Question Explanation please

    Good morning

    I was dorking around in a dos window in Windows-XP and I found this...

    C:\ubuntu>dir
    Volume in drive C has no label.
    Volume Serial Number is FC32-FBDF

    Directory of C:\ubuntu

    09/20/2010 08:39 AM <DIR> .
    09/20/2010 08:39 AM <DIR> ..
    09/20/2010 08:39 AM <DIR> disks
    09/20/2010 08:39 AM <DIR> install
    09/20/2010 08:39 AM 1,150 Ubuntu.ico
    09/20/2010 08:39 AM 1,467,844 uninstall-wubi.exe
    09/20/2010 08:39 AM <DIR> winboot
    2 File(s) 1,468,994 bytes
    5 Dir(s) 35,682,684,928 bytes free

    C:\ubuntu>

    I thought I had done a direct install without "wubi".

    I see a file " uninstall-wubi.exe "...does that mean i installed with wubi, and if i wanted to uninstall say to do a clean install of "KuBuntu" or some other flavor can i run " uninstall-wubi.exe " and uninstall Ubuntu like it was a "file" and not an hard install of the OS? (I am satisfied with Ubuntu - no problems)
    Just curious and learning.

    Thanks guys for your replies...you'all really are good teachers and in the week and a half I have used Linux you have already taught me a lot...

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    Re: Explanation please

    you don't install clean install from windows; you need to start with CD or usb to do that...

    creat separate partition for ubuntu and do that, else use ubuntu partitioning if you are up for the task..
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    Re: Explanation please

    Shrink your partition using Disk Management in Windows before you install Ubuntu. Reboot after shrinking and let XP do its checkdisk thing, then install.

    Back Up your data FIRST, before doing anything else.

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    Re: Explanation please

    It looks as though you have done a Wubi install. You wouldn't get a C:\ubuntu folder without one. What is in the folders C:\ubuntu\disks and C:\ubuntu\install?

    Have a look in Add/Remove programs in XP. You will probably see Wubi in there for uninstallation.
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    Re: Explanation please

    That is what I thought I did. Re-booted machine with Ubuntu in the CD reader and went from there...that is why I asked the "wubi" question Did it do a clean install as I thought I did, or default to "wubi" in some way...

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    Question Re: Explanation please

    I checked "Add & Remove Programs" and it showed an entry for "Ubuntu" but no "wubi" entry. Am I to assume it DID install with "wubi" even though I thought i has split the partition and done a clean install?

    I's ok if it did do a "wubi" i just want to be clear how it ACTUALLY did do the install is all...if "wubi" no problen killing Ubuntu say if i want a clean install of KuBuntu...though i find the Kubuntu desktop id ubuntu a bit 'busy' for me for a better word...

    Just run the windows "Add & Remove"...(above paragraph

    Thanks for all the replys guys...
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    Re: Explanation please

    Wubi is just the installer and the file/s are located in local disk c and are outside of program files. They should be removed automatically if you remove Ubuntu from add/remove programs in Windows.
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    Re: Explanation please

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    Wubi is just the installer and the file/s are located in local disk c and are outside of program files. They should be removed automatically if you remove Ubuntu from add/remove programs in Windows.
    So if I understand it right, To remove "Ubuntu" in order to do a clean install of another variant...all I need do is run Wundows-XP "Add & Remove Programs/Ubuntu"..then run dfrag and reinstall another variant.
    Cool (said the old hippie..) ... Once i feel comfortable with it I will run Ubuntu or a variant of it and wipe Windows.

    Wife has threatened castration if I touch "our" (mine actually)
    laptop and install Linux on it...LOL

    I have already had Ubuntu for two weeks and already prefer it to Windows. I like the feature that makes you enter a password to change things...keeps "others" from screwing with my computer when I am not around...

    Thanks one and all...
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    Re: Explanation please

    Wubi installs Ubuntu inside the Windows partition and uses the Windows boot loader . To install Ubuntu on its own partition you will have to download the ISO create a disk and follow the dual boot instructions from the disk . This type of installation is completely independent of windows , check Youtube for how to videos if interested. If you want to continue using Wubi and try another variant , you must remove the current installation download Wubi again and install the variant from the selection on the Wubi drop-down menu .
    Last edited by Frogs Hair; September 24th, 2010 at 07:11 PM. Reason: add
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    Re: Explanation please

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    Wubi installs Ubuntu inside the Windows partition and uses the Windows boot loader . To install Ubuntu on its own partition you will have to download the ISO create a disk and follow the dual boot instructions from the disk . This type of installation is completely independent of windows , check Youtube for how to videos if interested. If you want to continue using Wubi and try another variant , you must remove the current installation download Wubi again and install the variant from the selection on the Wubi drop-down menu .
    I thought I HAD used the stand alone install *iso...that is my confusion...
    Everybody says since "Ubuntu" shows up in Windows "Add & Remofe Programs" menu then it was a "wubi" install...just wanted to be sure.

    I have the "factory" disks from Ubuntu now and if i reinstall Ubuntu i will use them.

    I believe I Prefer the "Gnome" (Ubuntu) desk-top as opposed to the "KDE" (Kubuntu)version...I like a cleaner look with less "flash" on my desktop.

    Will consider a "wubi" install of KuBuntu just to try it out without the clutter of two desktops leftovers though.

    That is why i wanted to be sure it was "wubi" removable by Windows and NOT a HARD install...

    I know Linux (in some form - Ubuntu probably) is my future OS.

    If Windows-XP gets hosed for what ever reason it is gone and a clean install of Ubuntu will go on my hard drive. Besides I DID make all the restore disks when I first got the PC and I still have then in my "crap-box" after 5 years...I am kinda anal about stuff like that...laughing at myself here...

    You Forum guys (and galls) are great ...

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