What is Wubi? Wubi stands for “Windows-Based Ubuntu Installer.” Broken down it means that it installs Ubuntu on your Windows machine. Why would this be useful?
Well, it’s useful for several reasons, the biggest being that you don’t have to partition out your hard drive and install Ubuntu on the new partition; at the risk of loosing information. This allows you to install Ubuntu directly on your Windows machine just like you would any other program. This is a huge advantage. It also means that if you are not satisfied with Ubuntu(I cannot conceive of this) you can uninstall it from your machine just as easily. This is the best way to get a full introduction into the world of Linux at very little cost, such as time or data loss.
It’s easy to use.
Wubi installs the full Ubuntu OS with a very small footprint on your machine. When you want to switch operating systems, you just shut-down or restart your currently running OS, and on reboot, you can select which operating system you would like to choose: Windows or Ubuntu. If you just restart your machine and walk away it will automatically choose whichever OS you have set to default. You can even go into your Windows settings and choose which OS to load by default. It feels like a partitioned hard drive, but without all of the extra work.
Using this method is a lot easier than booting up a virtual machine on your desktop and working through that portal. It also gives you a real hands on approach to working with Linux. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems in the wild, and with products like Wubi, it’s easy to see why.
It’s easy to install.
To get the latest version of Wubi, download it directly from ubuntu.com, or follow this link to the official Wubi Installer. This is probably the easiest ways to obtain Wubi, but if you are still interested in other options, they can be found by following this link, Alternative-Downloads. Be sure to download the correct bit size for your system, this is important.
Once you have Wubi downloaded, double click the icon to begin the installation. Adjust your settings on the screen that appears, or leave them at the default. Make sure, if nothing else, to input a user name and a password. Once you have filled out the appropriate information, click the “Install” button. The computer will automatically install Ubuntu, and after a few minutes it will ask to be restarted to finish installation. Once the computer has been restarted, a new screen will appear asking you which operating system you would like to boot; you will see your normal Windows installation, and the new Ubuntu installation. Go ahead and choose Ubuntu from the menu. Once you are in, you will provide your user name and password from the install screen to log in. You now have a working copy of Ubuntu working on your system, enjoy yourself as you become familiar with it.
A good tutorial on how to install Wubi can be found at Psychocats.net.
If you find that you need help trouble shooting a problem, the WubiGuide can help you out and is an amazing resource for information.
Wubi is a great introduction into Ubuntu. After using it for several months, I find that I’m actually using it a lot more than I do any of my Windows based systems. Because of this I am ready to remove Windows completely from one of my machines and install Ubuntu to use full time. While Ubuntu cannot completely replace Windows at this time, it is quickly gaining traction with open-source comparable software.
I hope this post helped to lead you into using Ubuntu as well. It truly is an amazing operating system, and has a strong community supporting it. Installing Ubuntu through Wubi is a great way to dive in and get your hands dirty without the worry of loosing any information. If for some reason something doesn’t work the way you had hoped, you can remove it from your system and leave no mess behind; but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Thank you, Ubuntu Community, for creating such an amazing product.