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Is WUBI freely available? I checked the link to download WUBI and the only way to proceed is by giving some amount as donation. I will surely do it, but I don't have a Paypal account and I am in urgent need to install Ubuntu. Can someone help me?

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Why you go for wubi? Windows with UEFI firmware won't support wubi. Install Ubuntu on your HDD and make it dualboot with Windows. –  Avinash Raj Apr 10 at 14:24
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Hmm I remember there to be a "skip this" option. –  Rinzwind Apr 10 at 14:28
    
Indeed. Even by toggling all donation sliders to zero the user must always provide PayPal credentials to download the installer. –  Luís de Sousa Apr 10 at 15:09
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wubi is free !! for installing visit the site (releases.ubuntu.com/12.04) –  Harry Apr 10 at 15:44

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Summary

Wubi is definitely free, although it hasn't yet (as of 2014-04-20) been updated for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

The best place to download Wubi for the old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is from releases.ubuntu.com/12.04 (wubi.exe direct link).


Detail

A bug was introduced on April 10th when we released changes to the Ubuntu.com download section, which both hid the "skip" link on the Wubi contributions page, forcing you through Paypal, and broke the Wubi thank-you page so even if you did pay the download wouldn't start - pretty catastrophic. This is what led to the confusion.

I've now redirected the Wubi contribute URL directly to the download. Now if you click "Get the installer" on the Windows Installer page, your Wubi download will start immediately, so you never see the contributions page and don't even have the option to pay.

Edit: Now that Ubuntu 14.04 is out, the old Windows Installer URL on ubuntu.com now redirects you to the main desktop download page, as Wubi has not been updated for the new Ubuntu 14.04 yet.

I've answered and closed @JorgeCastro's bug.

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Thanks for the headsup! –  Rinzwind Apr 11 at 10:36

There is a skip option if you don't want to donate.

Apparently the skip button is not showing on the Wubi download page, possibly a bug as other download pages have the skip option.

You can download it from the 12.04 page

However, please remember:

  • WUBI was dropped after 12.10, so no support will be available.
  • WUBI doesn't support UEFI / win 8.
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where? ubuntu.com/download/desktop/contribute/… I don't see one :D –  Rinzwind Apr 10 at 14:36
    
OMG.. I don't see, either.. may be it is time to update the website. –  Web-E Apr 10 at 14:39
    
Thanks. I got wubi.exe from the link you shared. –  zeeshan Apr 10 at 14:49
    
You are right, because of some bug (issue) the skip option is not being shown. (Initially, I thought that was a rude way of asking for donations, but bugs are the signs that we human make code. :) ) –  zeeshan Apr 10 at 14:50
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Wow, that's a subtle bug! Nice work everyone, I've reported it here: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-website-content/+bug/1305971 –  Jorge Castro Apr 10 at 15:08

I've just downloaded it from this link:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

It should work

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This page will probably disappear on Thursday 17th April (next week) –  Robin Winslow Apr 11 at 12:23
    
Well hopefully rather than disappearing it'll actually be redirected somewhere sensible. –  Robin Winslow Apr 11 at 21:33

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