I have downloded the Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 ISO file. When I mount it on a Virtual drive it gives me the option to install it via CD(restart and boot from disc) or use the WUBI installer. The WUBI installer warns about poor disc performance. There is a way to convert the WUBI installed Ubuntu into a dedicated partition Ubuntu installation via LVPM. The Official Guide links to a how-to for 7.04/7.10/8.10, whereas the forum says
LVPM currently does not work with installs generated by Wubi 10.04 (patches welcome).
So the status about 10.10 is unknown. Plus even if LVPM does work, it has the problem of wiping the partition on which it is going to be installed.
Is there a way to install Ubuntu without using a USB/CD? yes -> WUBI
Is there a way to install a normal Ubuntu installation using WUBI? yes -> LVPM
But LVPM needs a clean partition.
Can I install Ubuntu into an existing logical partition without having to lose or move my files in advance to another partition with or without the WUBI method?
(My Netbook: Primary Partition(40GB): WinXP Home(Free Space 3GB) Logical Partition(100GB): Data(Free Space ~10GB) )
I have seen some programs like Norton Ghost, Partition Magic etc. boot into a different environment to format or restore hdds from WinXP(after restarting). Can't a installer do something similar and boot into a Ubuntu installer environment?
I have been through this Is it possible to install Ubuntu without a CD or USB drive?
(I had asked this question on http://superuser.com/questions/215661/install-ubuntu-netbook-10-10-without-cd-usb-wubi-from-hdd-on-winxp but since this looks like a better place I am posting it here.)