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So Windows Vista is on my hard-drive and Ubuntu is on my USB. If I were to install Ubuntu when my USB is in, would it just fully install it on my USB or would it override windows?

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You can't install Ubuntu to the same USB drive you booted it from. On how to install to an USB drive see:… – Takkat Dec 21 '12 at 21:49

If you have Ubuntu on your USB as a Live-USB, when you start the Live session and choose to Install Ubuntu on your hard-drive you have two choices:

  1. Let Ubuntu use all your drive space (therefore, overriding Windows)
  2. Install it alongside Windows.
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