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Why has Wubi support been withdrawn from Ubuntu 12.10 onwards? Does Ubuntu 14.04 have Wubi support or not?

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Wubi is still available for newer versions, including 14.04. Go to this page: http://releases.ubuntu.com/ and choose the version you want. In the list of files at the bottom, the very last one will be wubi.exe. Grab that file and run it.

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Wubi is officially supported for Windows XP, Vista and 7. It allows Ubuntu to be installed and uninstalled in a safe, easy way as with any other Windows application.

Now that Windows 8 came in play, Wubi does not work with Windows 8 default boot-loader. Thus at this point Wubi would not work on a new Windows 8 machine. You would be able to install, but not reboot into Ubuntu.

If you upgraded to Windows 8 and are using BIOS firmware, Wubi does work. It will not be available in 14.04 as well.WubiGuide

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Here is the reason:

Wubi was born as an independent project and as such versions 7.04 and 7.10 were unofficial releases. Since 8.04 the code has been merged within Ubuntu and since 8.04 alpha 5, Wubi can also be found in the Ubuntu Live CD. It was removed in 13.04.

Source: Wubi (Ubuntu installer).

Here is a good tutorial on installing Ubuntu and Windows Side by Side: How to Install Windows Vista/7/8 and Ubuntu Side by Side.

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