Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

After Windows closed Windows XP I installed Linux-Debian on my PC and it's not completely what I wanted. So a friend of mine told me to change to Ubuntu.

I already burned it on a CD and tried to open it in the boot menu but that won't work if you haven't run the .exe file in the downloaded package. But I haven't installed the program(s) to run .exe files.

Is there something I can do to run the .exe file or is there a version of Ubuntu that can be installed from Debian?

I'm new to the Linux software, so I really don't know where to look for the right software.

share|improve this question
How did you burn the ISO to the CD? You don't have to run the .exe file. – Louis Matthijssen May 4 '14 at 18:05
How to install --> – GeoMint May 4 '14 at 18:49

You say: I already burned it on a CD , so you have already downloaded a .iso file from Download Ubuntu Desktop

Now you select at BIOS as first boot device your cdrom and restart your computer.

The last step is put your CD at the cdrom and select install Ubuntu from the CD menu.

The .exe are executable files for Microsoft Windows, so you do not need a .exe file for installation.


Help from for installing from CD or DVD, click here

( Just ignore the steps for windows )

share|improve this answer

Why don't you boot your machine with the linux CD on and it'll boot the install sequence? Please make sure you have all your data backed up AND that you have space on your disk to install Ubuntu (if you're not going to overwrite Debian). Make sure to taste many flavours of linux (such as, say, Xubuntu as well). Another safe way to test it would be using a virtual machine (since you'll be able to do so without damaging your system at all).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.