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Thread: Problem with Wubi and Windows 7

  1. #1
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    Dec 2012

    Problem with Wubi and Windows 7


    I would like to install Ubuntu 12.04 on my computer from Windows using Wubi, but I have a problem with it. Firstly I mount a CD image in a virtual drive via Daemon tool. Next I start Wubi, fill all installation fields, and then I click next. Then Wubi starts to extract files, etc. After Wubi unpack system kernel new window should appear in which I will be asked to restart Windows, but that does not happen. Wubi window disappears and exit. When I check the partition on which I installed ubuntu there are some uncompressed files, but after restarting the computer, nothing happens. GRUB not showing up and Windows normally starts. I also tried to install Ubuntu 12.10, but the same thing happens. I have Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1. In attachment I enclose screenshots of last window with Wubi installation and what it unpacked to disk. Partition on which I install Ubuntu is a dynamic disk. Does this have any effect on the installation? If not, why I can not install the system?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Problem with Wubi and Windows 7

    As far as I know you can't install Ubuntu on a system that uses Windows dynamic disks.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Problem with Wubi and Windows 7

    Dynamic disks generally happen when you already have the limit of 4 primary partitions on a drive and you FORCE the creation of another partition. Linux can't use Dynamic Disks -- these are proprietary to MS.

    So, what did you do to cause this? Did you force the creation of another partition and then decide to install using Wubi anyway? Wubi doesn't create a new partition; instead, it installs inside an existing Windows partition.

    I would suggest you do the following:
    1) Go into Win7 Disk Management and confirm that you have more than four "drives" (what MS calls partitions)
    2) If one of the "drives" is empty, then remove it
    3) Google for Minitool Partition Wizard Boot CD
    4) Download and burn that CD
    5) Boot from that CD and use the menu option to convert Dynamic Disks to Basic

    If you STILL then want Ubuntu on your PC, consider using Wubi but do NOT force the creation of another partition.
    Last edited by Mark Phelps; December 2nd, 2012 at 04:20 PM.
    Ubuntu 16.04 Mate, Mint 18 Mate; MS Win 8.1, MS Win10 Pro.
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