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How can I try Ubuntu in windows directly from iso without burning any disc or using usb drive ?

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you'll need VirtualBox. – mikewhatever Sep 11 '12 at 6:21
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  • To try Ubuntu within Windows, you can run the LiveCD in a "virtual machine" (or a computer within a computer)
  • For an optimal experience, your Windows computer should have at least 1.5 GB of RAM.


  1. Download and extract the portable (no installation) version of VirtualBox, from the website -- called Tibo's Virtualbox

  2. Start VirtualBox.exe and you should see this screen:

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  3. Click on the Settings icon on top, and go to System in the left sidebar. Set the Base Memory to at least 768 MB for regular Ubuntu, or 256 MB for Lubuntu/Xubuntu. If you have at least 3 GB of memory in your computer, you can set this to 1 GB (1024 MB) for optimal performance.

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  4. Now go to Storage in the sidebar, and click on the little yellow folder next to CD/DVD drive:

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    This opens the Virtual Media Manager. Click Add, and navigate to where you have your Ubuntu LiveCD ISO, and choose it. Finally, click on Select to attach the ISO to the "virtual" CD drive:

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  5. Click OK to close Settings, and press the big green arrow to start trying Ubuntu!

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You can use MobaLiveCD Link
Interestingly you don't need any VIRTUAL MACHINE to try just download and try.
Steps are as follows (1)Run MobaLiveCD as an administrator. (2) Then click the button "Run the LiveCD". (3) Then select the iso you want to run then Click "Open". (4) Then message will pop up asking to create Hard Disk for your virtual machine. ("I prefer NO") then voila just enjoy "UBUNTU" without affecting your windows installation.

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MobaLiveCD DOES use a virtual machine called QEMU, which works great in Linux but is usually one of the slowest on Windows. Additionally, MobaLiveCD has caused problems on 64-bit Windows for me in the past. I'd recommend Virtualbox any day. – izx Sep 11 '12 at 6:48
I mean to say MobaLiveCD uses virtual machine but the user doesn't requred to install any other virtual machine which need to configure to use. Just think of the ease of trying MabaLiveCD. Least steps to be followed to try and it doesn't required to make any virtual drive like the other virtual machine required to do. You even don't need to install to use and it is very fast to try. Just compare with the other virtual machine. Just think of the novice. – Namshum Sep 11 '12 at 7:30

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