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How do I install Ubuntu?

I've got the 8.10 on an HP Probook, haven't really used it... I made a DVD at work of the 12.10, which I'd like to use on it instead...how do I install it? It doesn't have an Internet connection. I have nothing I need to save on the 8.10, so no worries about it in that regard. Thank You in advance!

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Are you asking how to install Ubuntu 12.10, or is there a particular problem with the installation? –  mikewhatever Jan 27 '13 at 1:20

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Take a look at Ubuntu's official guide for installing the latest version. Now that you have the DVD, you will

  • Insert it into the drive,
  • Reboot the computer,
  • Choose a different boot device (usually by pressing F12 during the initial startup; your computer should display a message about how to access the boot menu when it is booting),
  • Select the DVD as the boot device,
  • Follow the prompts to "Install Ubuntu by Itself"

It is far more likely that you will get a clean, working installation if you don't try to upgrade: instead, choose the option for a fresh installation that erases the hard disk.

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Thank you very much! –  user126402 Jan 27 '13 at 2:25

Once you have your data and settings backed-up, you should do a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS on your PC. There may be initial issues with drivers, but this should mostly be resolved by doing an update.

This could be from a DVD or USB, whichever is easiest for you.

Once you have 12.04 LTS working, then try out (but do not immediately install) Ubuntu 12.10. This should also work on your PC, but will in turn be replaced by 13.04 (in April 2013), etc.


I have successfully run 12.04.1 LTS on an HP Mini netbook (Atom processor, 1GB RAM) or ex-corporate desktops (P4 2.8GHz, 1GB RAM).

You are unlikely to be able to use all of the 'new' GUI elements of 12.04 (or 12.10) with a laptop of that age, but it should work fine.

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