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I bought an Aspire One 725 pre-loaded with Windows 8 (I didn't know what I was getting into). I am a novice when it comes to installing operating systems, so I would like to use a Windows installer so that I don't screw everything up and to try out a Linux distro.

Is there one that will work on this computer? I would like to use wubi.exe, but I've heard that it may or may not work.

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You're actually less likely to screw anything up by using a LiveCD or bootable USB :P. Also, since - as far as I know - the wubi.exe installer doesn't partition your hard-drive, they can potentially cause conflicts and isn't how Ubuntu is intended to work. If I were you, I'd install it the normal way - but best of luck doing this nevertheless. – Mochan Jan 4 '13 at 0:24

The Acer Aspire One netbook has been awarded the status of Certified for Ubuntu. There should be no issue, go a head and download Wubi and install it.

I found an Aspire user who posted this. Basically, you must do the following:

  • Install the 64-bit (not 32-bit!) version or else there will be errors and laggy animation.

  • At the login screen, you must enable the touchpad by pressing Fn+F7. You can then enable two-button scrolling from Settings > Mouse > Touchpad.

  • For screen dimming and 3Dyou must install the latest AMD Catalyst driver from here. Do NOT install the 12.10 "Stable" driver - it will break your install.

  • After your install, you can get rid of the AMD watermark by running this script in your terminal.

Sleep/Wake and Wifi all work out of the box.

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Note: The Ubuntu certified Acer Aspire One is the old Intel Atom version not the 725 AMD C-60 APU. Second, the secure boot UEFI may make WUBI install not work. The rest of the answer looks useful though. – user68186 Jan 3 '13 at 21:56

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