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Very new at all of this...don't understand most of the answers I've read to other questions (i.e. partitions, iso images, etc.) BUT I zeroed-out my hard drive on a computer that ran XP and would like to download Ubuntu.

Can anyone explain how to do that in 'layman's' terms?

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Have a look at this askubuntu.com/questions/158529/… –  Mitch Jul 4 '12 at 16:48
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Please refer to How do I install Ubuntu? for help. Skip steps 8 and 9, and only if it fails, try step 9, creating a new partition after invoking the New partition table command(skip the part with reducing old partitions). If you have trouble, feel free to comment(You may comment on answers to your questions, even with one reputation).

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+1 but if I read the question right she wiped her drive already(zeroed??) and is starting out with a blank hard drive. Or at the very least wants to replace Windows completely. so she can skip steps 8 & 9 per this quote in step 8 If you want to just clear out your hard disk, and use all of the space for Ubuntu, select that option, and skip to step 10 –  TrailRider Jul 4 '12 at 16:58
    
@TrailRider I have seen automated partitioning fail miserably in VmWare. I will suggest it, though. –  hexafraction Jul 4 '12 at 17:00
    
I have never used VMWare at all so I have to defer to you here. I have used the installer to install Ubuntu as the only OS successfully. I was only commenting here as the question states that she was looking for a "laymans" answer and the extra step should not be needed if not dualbooting(i.e. I was trying to keep the answer good for a beginner, the thought of manual partitioning can scare a new user, I know it did me when I first tried Ubuntu) –  TrailRider Jul 4 '12 at 17:15
    
@TrailRider OK, suggested. –  hexafraction Jul 4 '12 at 17:18
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