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I made an old desktop operational again, but I want to have a new username, and get rid of everything in the present natty installation. Is it possible to upgrade to 12.04 as if performing

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Sounds like what you want to do is a full install not an upgrade. Choose "Erase Ubuntu" rather than "Install beside" in the partitioning section of the installer and you will have a fresh desktop you seek.

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After backing up any data and preferred settings .. –  david6 May 24 '12 at 6:44

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