I wanted to use and try Ubuntu from a USB flash drive so I used the Universal USB installer from PenDriveLinux. I selected
ubuntu-12.04.1-alternate-amd64.iso since I have a 64bit processor on an HP 2760p. I saw no other 64bit choices.
When I booted from the USB drive, the only alternatives pertaining to running the OS were "Install" and "Rescue ...". There was no alternative to "Try" the OS from the USB drive. I was afraid to choose install for fear it would ruin my Windows installation. What should I do?
Prior to this there were other problems. If I downloaded an ISO version of Linux and tried to select it from its download directory, the USB installer would not display any "ISO" versions in that directory even though the OPEN window indicated it was filtering for those files.
As much as I loved an installation of Linux I got to play with some years back, I'm ready to give up and stick to Windows despite all of its problems. It makes the basics, like installation, easy for anyone. Can't install it, can't use it. I'm an engineer and I can't get Linux or the USB Universal Installer to work as directed.
I'd love to dual-boot Windows and Linux however I understand the boot loader can get corrupted and needs to be reinstalled. That would not be a problem if it can be easily done from a CD or especially from a small, handy USB stick. Well if I can't trust the most trusted Pen Drive installer to work properly ie. can't filter or display files properly, how can I trust a boot-loader repair program. I'd really love to use Linux.