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Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users

What is Wubi?

Wubi is an officially supported installer for Windows users that allows Ubuntu to be installed and uninstalled in a safe, easy way as with any other Windows application.

How to use this guide

Please note that this guide is only for issues directly related to the Wubi installer; for general Ubuntu questions please use appropriate resources such as the official Ubuntu documentation, the Ubuntu Forums, or the Ubuntu Guide.

For general information on Wubi see the Ubuntu Windows Installer Download page. You might also be interested in the Ubuntu Forums Installations & Upgrades section.


Wubi uses a virtual disk that is sensitive to forced shutdowns. If Ubuntu appears to be frozen please refer to: How to reboot cleanly even when the keyboard/mouse are frozen


How do I download Wubi?

Download Wubi from the Ubuntu Windows Installer Download page; this will download the latest version. You can download other versions from the Ubuntu pages on, e.g. 10.10, look for wubi.exe at the bottom of the page. Wubi is also included on Ubuntu Desktop and Kubuntu CDs.

How do I install Ubuntu?

Run Wubi, insert a password for the new account, adjust other settings such as the disk space, and click "install".

The installation process from this point on is fully automatic.

The installation files (approximately 700MB) will be downloaded and checked, after which you will be asked to reboot.

Do so and select Ubuntu at the boot screen. The installation will continue for another 10 to 15 minutes and the machine will reboot again.

That's it. Now you can select Ubuntu at the boot screen and start using it.

Screenshot of the installation screen

The standard installation has default settings that should work on most hardware.

How do I select whether to run Windows or Ubuntu?

You can choose to run Windows or Ubuntu at the system boot screen.

Screenshot of the boot screen

How do I install Wubi on a machine with no Internet connection?

Wubi also works with physical Ubuntu Desktop Live CDs. Wubi.exe is available in the root folder of the CD.

If you do not have a CD, try to find a computer with Internet access, and download both Wubi.exe and the required Desktop ISO from the same location (the release has to match):

    For 10.04 use

    For 10.10 use

    For 11.04 use

Copy both files into the same folder on the machine with no Internet access and run the Wubi executable.
« Last Edit: September 20, 2013, 07:08:10 PM by Software Santa »


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