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I've never used Linux before and I'm a little unsure.

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Just a side-note... what is this question coming from someone with 1200+ reputation and more than 80 answers?!?! – MestreLion Jun 10 '11 at 7:10
Damn @wojox. You just made my day with this question :D – Rinzwind Jun 10 '11 at 7:42
@MestreLion: Turtles. It's turtles all the way down. – Piskvor Jun 10 '11 at 10:03
@MestreLion: What I meant to say was, "perhaps @wojox wanted to ask a deliberately simple and common question, so that it could become the canonical (pun not intended) go-to post for this specific question; just as @JSpolsky posted the question about, um, turtles". As for "turtles all the way down", that is quite well searchable ;) – Piskvor Jun 10 '11 at 15:15
@wojox: you are hilarious brother :P – Nitin Venkatesh Jun 10 '11 at 17:25
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Download the ISO from and follow the directions on the site.

Put the disc in your drive and boot up the computer. It will boot into the live environment. Live meaning it is running off the CD/DVD disk and RAM but not off your hard drive. It will not touch the hard drive at all.

You have to boot from the CD if it does not do this automatically. You may have to press a certain key to get to the boot menu while starting up. This depends on your computer but is usually F12 to bring up the boot menu and F1,F10, or Delete, to bring up the BIOS menu. You need to change the boot order of your computer to boot from the CD/DVD device first. It should say what key to press on the boot screen. :) Have fun!

Alternatively WUBI installs along side your main operating system and can then be accessed as an option from the start menu. It then runs in side windows, and can be uninstalled at any time later.

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This sounds like everything I'm looking for. – wojox Jun 10 '11 at 21:12

You can also install Ubuntu using Wubi (windows installer).

Live CD is good, but it's slow and uncomortable. If you want to try out everything, mount the CD image via Daemon tools while using windows, open the cd in explorer and look for wubi.exe program inside. It also might use autorun. Run it and follow the instructions.

Later you can remove it just like any other Windows program: uninstal.exe file.

However, not everything will work well. For example you will have to write more passwords and the speed won't be as good as in normal install.

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Download Ubuntu iso from Ubuntu site. Burn it into a CD. Then boot it and enter into Live CD mode to try ubuntu without causing any change to the existing system.

Other way without even burning the iso is install virtual box and try it there.

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you can user Virtualbox to virtually load Ubuntu os on your existing operating system,

you can run multiple OS simultaneously using virtualbox

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Mind that the performance will be far from a real install in a VM – Takkat Jun 10 '11 at 7:45
If you do a full install, yes. On the other hand, performance of a Live CD booted from an ISO file in a VM is usually a lot better than using the physical CD, either in a VM or on the bare metal. – scottishwildcat Jun 10 '11 at 11:58

using live cd / live usb.

and yeah you can run it on windows using WUBI

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Simply use the ubuntu cd.

If u have one or if u don't have then download the iso and write it to the cd or probably mount the iso or image file in a virtual drive using poweriso or something similar to that...i guess nowadays nero also mount images to a drive....

Then just simply run the program or cd or image extracted file.....then u will be guided automatically...

It is really simple .... it is like installing a windows software only.

Also u can run the live cd and use it without installing it in your system.


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