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On my Windows XP's PC I have two partitions - local disc "C" which is made for OS and disc "D" which is made for games and programs. So here goes my question: If I install Ubuntu on local disc "D" will I be able to use Windows XP games and programs on Ubuntu or is it going to erase all the data?

Another question: if I want to install on local disc "D" should I use Wubi installer (or what was is it called?) or should I install manually from BIOS?

Here goes my third question: If I decide to shrink size of disc "D" and from that left-over create Disc "E" with purpose of storing Ubuntu on it will I retain access to disc "D" and all the data(games and programs) that is stored on that disc?

P.S. I'm moving to Ubuntu because it is programmer-friendly OS (also very user-friendly when compared to other Linux distros) and because Microsoft stops supporting XP in April 2014 and Windows 7 in January of 2015 in order to encourage people to buy useless Windows 8. Their shooting their foot with this decision.

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There are no C and D drives in Linux, just / (Root)... –  mondjunge Sep 30 '13 at 10:49
No, You will no be able to use any previous installed Windows XP programms on ubuntu. When installed with Wubi or "besides" windows, it creates an own partition. It will be able to open Windows partitions and you will have access to data, but Windows programms will not run. You seriously need to learn some basic linux principles, or you will have much trouble changing. Maybe start here: makeuseof.com/pages/ubuntu-an-absolute-beginners-guide –  mondjunge Sep 30 '13 at 10:55
"All [Windows 7] editions will receive Mainstream Support (new features and bug fixes) until January 2015 and Extended Support (security updates) until January 2020" so don't write off Windows 7 just yet, hmm? –  tombull89 Sep 30 '13 at 10:57
I thought that "Home" directory will cover D drive as well, but I guess I was wrong. –  Omernon Sep 30 '13 at 11:18
@mondjunqe I've been using Ubuntu 13.04 for few months, mainly for Java Programming and web development. All the issues I had before were quickly solved through "googling" them. The only thing I have still problem with is memorizing all the Linux-based command lines in terminal. But thanks for link and for help, I'll check it out. –  Omernon Sep 30 '13 at 11:26

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