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.