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Is there a way to not have to put ubuntu on to a disc or USB?

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It might help if you could describe in way more detail what you want to do. Is the normal installation procedure not what you're looking for? – Eliah Kagan May 28 '12 at 16:02

You can use Wubi, the Windows Ubuntu installer.

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It lets you to install Ubuntu alongside windows without a CD or USB. See the WubiGuide if you want more information.

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Another alternative (although a bit of a "chicken and egg" problem) is to install through the network. See a complete tutorial for building a PXE install server here:

Of course that assumes you have an Ubuntu server running, which I guess kinda defeats your purpose.

Perhaps if you give some details about why you can't (or don't want to) use either USB or CD to install, someone can suggest a solution that can solve your particular problem.

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