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Since most laptops come with preformed partitions and manufacturer recovery partition, Linux newbies like me, who are not full-time Linux users, but love its beauty & concept and want to enjoy it risk-free, find wubi as a life-saver. My question is to know if wubi will continue to be a safe and dependable way of installing and using Ubuntu, long-term.

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closed as off topic by Nitin Venkatesh, James Feb 23 '12 at 20:53

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Hi and welcome to AskUbuntu. The question you have posted does not fall in the scope of questions discussed here. Please refer to the FAQ to see what kind of questions you can ask here. Regards. – Nitin Venkatesh Feb 23 '12 at 20:48
Sorry, I might not have worded it right. Just looking for an answer to: Will wubi harm my Win 7 PC is I use it a few hrs a day, long term. Reformatting the existing partitions or disturbing a functional manufacturer's recovery partition is not an option for me! Thanks. – Linux-Fan Feb 23 '12 at 23:13
Please write a new question with your concern, some one is bound to answer it as I think it definitely falls within the scope of the site :) Also, this question might provide some insight - What's the difference between a Wubi install and a regular installation? – Nitin Venkatesh Feb 24 '12 at 0:31

Wubi (Windows Based Ubuntu Installer) is just an alternative to users that want to install Ubuntu from Windows. It is one method of installing Ubuntu, there others being Ubuntu from a LiveCD, LiveUSB, Via Network, Via cloning and any other way of installing Ubuntu.

Wubi is not a standard but a way of installing Ubuntu. And from my experience is the last one I would recommend since installing any distro inside the windows partition limits a lot of stuff and from time to time Wubi has been known to create installing/booting problems for Ubuntu in comparison to the LiveCD/LiveUSB ways of installing it which are more safe and less prone to problems.

In the long run you will still be able to use Wubi to install Ubuntu.

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