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How do I completely reinstall Ubuntu without affecting the Windows partition? The way I setup my laptop is like this:

  • Completely wiped everything using GParted from Ubuntu CD
  • Partitioned the HDD to 3 partitions (one for Windows, one for Ubuntu, one for Storage)
  • Installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
  • Installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64-bit

The reason why I want to reinstall is NOTHING works in Ubuntu. No internet at all both Ethernet, and Wireless and when I figured out how to fix the wireless, there is no way to download drivers for the display so everything is just ugly and big. To make things more complicated, upgrading to 10.10 via update manager just gives me an error.

The way I see it right now is I have to try to wipe 10.04 and just install 11.04 from scratch but I'm not sure how to do that? Does anyone know?

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It is rather easy to do ;-)

Start your system with your Ubuntu Live CD in the CD bay. After it loaded you choose install at this image:

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and at some point it asks for where to put the installation in a screen similar to this (with options related to your system):

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Here you can choose for erase Ubuntu and reinstall or the something else option to get done what you want. Be careful though: The erase everything will also delete Windows and if you do choose something else and mess up by choosing the wrong lay-out you could potentially also remove Windows.

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