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I was recently told that using lubuntu or xubuntu would be better for my old machine than just plain old ubuntu. Would i use wubi to uninstall ubuntu 12.10 and then cancel the install? thanks!

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Did you install using Wubi or live CD? – hexafraction Nov 6 '12 at 0:11
I installed using Wubi – kyle_hamblett Nov 6 '12 at 0:12
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There is really no need to uninstall. You can simply press Ctrl+Alt+F1 or open Terminal. Log in there with your username and password.

Now, on the terminal, type:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

to get Xubuntu, or

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

to install Lubuntu.

You will be prompted for your password. Enter it and press Enter. If will not be shown, not even asterisks. Let the commend finish(it may take quote a while as it downloads packages). You can then pick the desktop environment as follows:

When you get to the logon screen, there will be a little white circle to the right of your username. Click it, and you will get a choice of environments. IIRC once you pick one it will remain until you change it.

Screenshot below:

Click the circle: enter image description here

and select the DE you want:

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I would do that if i could, but when I'm booting, all I get is a mouse and a black screen behind it. – kyle_hamblett Nov 6 '12 at 14:46
@KyleHamblett Can you still try the key combo after giving it a few minutes to "boot"? – hexafraction Nov 6 '12 at 16:41
Yes, the combo key did work. Thanks! – kyle_hamblett Nov 7 '12 at 23:27

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