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Can I install Ubuntu on a laptop that has been wiped clean and does not currently have an operating system? I don't have a Windows system disk, only a recovery disk, which is useless.

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marked as duplicate by Mitch, Radu Rădeanu, aquaherd, belacqua, bcbc May 30 '13 at 23:22

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What have you tried? A simple boot from installation medium will present you the option to install. I'm also curious as to why you even think about this could be a requirement. – gertvdijk Dec 21 '12 at 23:02
He's not asking "how" but if he "can"... – Braiam Feb 17 '14 at 5:46

Simple answer yes.

Obviously you'll need some way to download the iso image and burn it to CD/DVD or stick it on a memory stick.

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+1, and all you will need is to ensure that your laptop can boot from the CD or USB or whichever media you are using to install Ubuntu. – Suman Srinivasan Dec 22 '12 at 6:28

Ubuntu is an Operating System itself. As such, it's actually intended that you install it to a clean device.

You will need the desktop ISO, burn a DVD from it or create a different bootable medium, and you're pretty much good to go. Boot to whatever you created, and follow the instructions.

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It's fine to install it to a clean device. This is, of course, not required--it works fine if there's already an OS installed. – Eliah Kagan Mar 16 '13 at 5:58

Answer is yes.

Just download iso file from ubuntu downloads and make a boot able device cd/flashdrive and start installing. search a bit in net about your lappy manufacturer in some cases ubuntu gives less battery time compared with windows.

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