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I have downloaded Ubuntu and put it to DVD and it boots on my laptop running xp but it will not let me install Ubuntu over the xp. What have I or am I doing wrong. Laptop is Sony Vaio 32 bit 1gig ram.

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marked as duplicate by RolandiXor Nov 22 '13 at 4:27

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duplicated Can I install Ubuntu inside Windows? – Braiam Nov 21 '13 at 20:04
First of all you have to burn the image (.iso file) onto the DVD using a Disc Burner (such as Nero -for WinXP users-) -not copying it (the .iso file) to the disc-. Keep that in mind. – user123492 Nov 21 '13 at 20:07
@Braiam why would this be a dupicate of 'install ubntu inside windows' when the question clarify Ubuntu will not install Over XP? – xangua Nov 21 '13 at 21:26
Do you mean the live CD install process starts but can't get past the point where you choose to install over windows? Can you get in to the manual partitioning option? – comrademike Nov 21 '13 at 22:21
So, you want to completely replace XP with Ubuntu. Which model of Sony Vaio do you have? It could be the standard Ubuntu has a problem with Sony's hardware, so I would suggest trying the lighter Ubuntu derivative, Xubuntu from as well. There's a 32-bit version there as well as a 64-bit version. – K7AAY Nov 22 '13 at 0:46

I cannot post a comment so writing it in answer. Can you please elaborate a bit on what problem are you facing ? Here are the instructions that you should follow for dual boot installation :

Firstly, I would recommend you to create a backup of all the data.

Installing Ubuntu

If the computer does not boot from the CD (e.g. Windows starts again instead), reboot and check your BIOS settings by pressing F2, F12, Delete, or ESC. Select "boot from CD". Proceed with installation until you are asked this question: "How do you want to partition the disk?". If you have already partitioned the disk and left space for Ubuntu, install it to that and then follow the rest of the steps. Otherwise, choose one of the next two steps. Automatic partition resizing (recommended)

Choose the first option, which should say "Install them side by side, choosing between them each startup". Specify the size of the new partition by dragging the slider at the bottom of the window. Click on "Forward". Continue on to Finishing Ubuntu Installation

Manual partitioning

Choose "Manually edit partition table". Listed will be your current partitions. Select the partition you want to resize and press Enter. Select "Size:", press Enter. Select Yes, press Enter. Type in a new size in gigabytes for your partition, it's recommended you free up at least 10 GB of free space for your Ubuntu install. Press Enter when happy with your changes. It may take some time to apply the changes. Create a swap partition of at least your amount of RAM (if you don't know, 2000 MB is a good value).

Create a partition for your Ubuntu installation. Create other partitions if necessary.

Select "Finish partitioning and write changes to disk".

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If you face any problem please update your question to describe the problem more precisely we will be happy to help you. Good Luck !

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Thanks Shivam I just want to get rid of Microsoft and install Ubuntu no partitions or anything dualboot not required.I am able to do a mount inside windows with 12.04 but would like a clean full install of Ububtu. – Gunter Nov 22 '13 at 0:22
Did you try to change boot order priority from BIOS and then try to boot using Bootable Ubuntu CD/USB ? After that format the complete harddisk (if required) and install fresh ubuntu! – Shivam Nov 22 '13 at 9:53

You also have the choice of virtualizing Ubuntu within Windows by using the WUBI Installer described in this highly detailed, step-by-step guide at

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Isn't WUBI an abandoned project? – xangua Nov 21 '13 at 20:15
So's XP. However, since is still up, it may be the least worst solution for coexisting with the least worst version of Windows. – K7AAY Nov 21 '13 at 21:21
Trying to dump windows but not able to. Have even tried loading the sbm.bin onto floppy and then changing the sequence. – Gunter Nov 22 '13 at 0:29

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