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Every time I try and download Linux, it just pulls up a CD burner program. I’ve tried 3 different machines, and they all do the same thing.

After the 20 minute download, the Linux icon comes up on my desktop, I click it, and the CD burner program opens. So I tried burning it onto a DVD. After it burns I restart CPU, and boot from CD drive. It says it failed, so I restart normally, open up the CD, double-click the contents, and it just opens the CD burner program again. I've been trying this for almost a week now on 3 different machines, and I cannot for the life of me figure it out.

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Have you checked the integrity of the downloaded files and CD/DVD states? Take a look at this post – Lucio May 5 '14 at 16:09
Sounds like you just wrote the iso file to the cd, instead of "burning image" which is a different operation. Check options in the burner. – ubfan1 May 5 '14 at 16:15
it says "image file" – user278261 May 5 '14 at 16:20
@user278261 What operating system and CD burning programs are you attempting to use to burn the ISO to CD/DVD? – Elder Geek May 5 '14 at 16:24
win xp dual core 3ghz, 2gb. was a windows vista buisness editon new. then previous owner put xp pro on it. cd burner program is roxio. thats what pulls up when i try and open linux – user278261 May 5 '14 at 16:33

now a days, no need to burn dvd's, you just need to have a pendrive with capacity greater than size of image file. 2gb will be sufficient.

Be sure to backup all data.

Visit and download UNIVERSAL USB Installer, select Ubuntu, select your pendrive letter(D:, E:, In your case it may be differen) very carefully.

wait an done.......

Now boot from USB. Normally F12 on Laptops. F9 on HP/COMPAQ Laptop.

F2/F8 for BIOS Setup on Desktops.

Change your Boot device priority in BIOS- (Boot) settings. Set boot from USB HDD/FDD as first boot device.

BIOS setup key may vary by model/Manufacturer. Carefully watch KEY OPTIONS when Motherboard/Manufacturer logo flash up.

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