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How can I create a Windows bootable USB stick using Ubuntu?

I'd like to create a Windows 8 bootable USB stick, but I don't have a Windows machine with me to do so. So how do I do it using Ubuntu?
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How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?)

I installed Windows 7, which ate Ubuntu's boot file. When starting up the computer, it now goes straight to Windows, without giving me the option of booting Ubuntu. How can I get Ubuntu back?
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How to burn a Windows .iso to a USB device? [duplicate]

I want to burn a Windows ISO to a USB device in Ubuntu. How do I do this? I know how to burn a Ubuntu ISO into a USB device, but with a Windows ISO it's not the same.
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Unable to mount Windows (NTFS) filesystem due to hibernation

Whenever I boot Ubuntu, I get a message that it cannot mount my windows partition, and I can choose to either wait, skip or manually mount. When I try to enter my Windows partition through Nautilus I ...
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14answers
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How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on?

I have absolutely no experience with Linux, and I desperately need to get my computer back up and running again with Windows. How do I remove Ubuntu?
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How can I install Windows after I've installed Ubuntu?

I have Ubuntu on my laptop. Now I want install Windows 7 in a dual-boot. How can I do this? I can't lose my Ubuntu files, and I'm afraid that I might break GRUB.
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Does Ubuntu damage USB drives?

Whenever I unmount a USB drive with Nautilus and plug it to a Windows machine, I receive a warning that the drive needs to be repaired. (the same message like in this screenshot) For 10+ years ...
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18answers
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How can I install Windows software or games?

Can .exe and .msi files (Windows software) be installed in Ubuntu?
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8answers
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How can I install Ubuntu without removing Windows?

I need my pre-installed version of Windows 7 (or any other version of Windows), how could I install Ubuntu without erasing it?
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What is the equivalent of Windows System Properties or Device Manager?

I am new to Ubuntu. In Windows, if I want to know my system properties/configuration, I can see it by going to Control Panel and clicking on the System icon. I can also get a detailed list of the ...
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How to convert Wubi install into regular install?

I have installed Ubuntu on my D: partition using Wubi. Is there any way in which I can remove my Windows from C: drive and move my existing Ubuntu installation to C: drive and make it a regular ...
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Are hard links equivalent to Windows shortcuts?

Wikipedia defines a hard link as: a directory entry that associates a name with a file on a file system. (A directory is itself a special kind of file that contains a list of such entries.) The ...
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How can I dual boot Windows and Ubuntu?

I currently have Windows 7 on my computer and I want to install Ubuntu alongside Windows safely. Could someone please provide clear instructions?
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Missing parameter in configuration file. Keyword: path

Im trying to boot ubuntu 14.10-server-i386 in a pendrive. But im getting this error when boot from pendrive. Missing parameter in configuration file. Keyword: path What does it mean? How to ...
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Can Ubuntu run on a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT?

My family might be buying a Windows Surface tablet with Windows RT (Nvidia)? I was wondering if I can run Ubuntu or WUBI on it for my homework?
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How to run Windows XP inside Ubuntu

There are several programs only available on Windows. Wine can be a negative experience, so I want to run Windows inside Ubuntu using a virtual machine. It seems that Virtualbox is the standard way, ...
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What if I run a virus/trojan Windows EXE on Ubuntu with Wine?

I've got a file said to contain information I was looking for. Unfortunately it is an executable instead of DOC (as it was meant to be) and the site I've download it from looks suspicious for me. If I ...
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Gaming performance difference between Windows and Ubuntu

What are the pros/cons switching from Windows 7/8 to Ubuntu? I mainly develop software and play games. I obviously don't play games on my laptop that's why I give Ubuntu a try. But the whole OS ...
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How to read ext4 partitions in Windows? [closed]

I have two questions on ext4: Is there currently a way to mount an ext4 partition in Windows (XP/Vista/7) to get basic read support? If not, are there any plans to support this someday?
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How do you repair an “input/output error” in an NTFS partition?

I replaced a buggy Windows Vista installation with Ubuntu. All works fine except that the main HD where I had all my files are now inaccessible. Here is the error message I get: Error mounting: ...
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How to transfer files between Ubuntu and Windows?

I wanna transfer some files from this PC with Ubuntu to a PC with Windows 7 I don't care how to do it (ftp, samba or whatever) I wanna know the steps, I searched a lot but I can't find anything that ...
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Can I install Ubuntu inside Windows?

Ubuntu 12.04 won't come with the Windows Installer (Wubi) pre-added. But is there any way to install 12.04 using Wubi?
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How can I find out if someone logged onto my computer through putty?

I am suspecting that a Windows user logged onto my computer with my password. So, is it possible that I can see a trace of logging in on my computer?
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How can I run Evernote on Ubuntu?

I have Evernote running on Windows. I access the same on my android phone with ease. I want to use the same Windows-run Evernote to use on my Ubuntu, so that the notes fed on Windows Evernote can be ...
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How to make your College to use Ubuntu?

Well I have been using Ubuntu for past one year. Even though I'm not yet experienced with all the commands that Ubuntu provides, I like Ubuntu. In my college they use Windows. In such a situation how ...
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How do I remove Windows but keep Ubuntu?

I want to keep Ubuntu but remove Windows.
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5answers
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How do I make the window border bigger?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 in a VirtualBox VM on a MacBook Pro with the default Unity UI. Positioning the mouse cursor over the 1-pixel wide border to resize a window is driving me absolutely nuts. Lots ...
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Install Ubuntu without making Windows license void

I have a dell laptop with a pre-installed version of Windows 7 home premium. I want to dual boot my system to run both Ubuntu and Windows 7. The engineer told me I cannot do this without removing ...
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How to program for Windows in Ubuntu?

Is there anyway to create (C++ or C#) windows console applications inside Ubuntu's IDE (e.g Anjuta) and compile it for Windows?
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What filesystem for an external Harddrive (Linux/Mac/Windows) [closed]

What Filesystem should I use for an external USB harddrive (500GB), with possibility to share with a Mac and Windows systems, for example at the office. Now it is NTFS but back in the day the NTFS ...
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What do windows' users like most after migrating into Ubuntu? [closed]

This question is not deleted because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask ...
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Accessing IE only sites

Still there are companies who believe Windows is the only OS and IE is the only browser around. This prompts them to make sites which can be accessed only in IE. Though I have dual-boot system I boot ...
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To use Windows and Ubuntu on one computer, which should I install first?

I understand it's possible to install Ubuntu first, and later Windows or to install Windows first, and then Ubuntu, but assuming I have the freedom to do either, which is the better, easier, and more ...
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Correct way of mounting a Windows share

I mounted a Windows share to my Ubuntu 11.10 system via adding the following line to the /etc/fstab: //serveraddr/sharedfolder /mnt/foldername/ smbfs credentials=/home/myname/.smbpasswd 0 0 using ...
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How do I mount a CIFS share?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10, and am trying to mount a freenas server. I have the server set to share in cifs and nfs with no luck. I have tried smbmount //192.168.1.### /mnt/ I am not new to Ubuntu but ...
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How can I run Windows applications in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install windows Software in Ubuntu? How do I run Windows' applications in Ubuntu ?
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What's the difference if I use Windows 7 as a Standard User vs if I use ubuntu?

Ubuntu is secure for various reasons, one of them, a major one I believe, is that when you try to install a software/app via terminal/store an authentication box pops up asking you for your password. ...
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Why can't my machine resolve local windows hostnames?

When I ping any local windows hostname from my Ubuntu machine I get "unable to resolve host", but when I ping from a windows machine it works fine. Why would this be? OS: Ubuntu 10.04 Samba & ...
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Why can't I install Ubuntu or Wubi on a Windows Dynamic Disk?

I've been trying to install 12.04 for a while now, I'm running on Windows 7 and I already made the partition (it's dynamic). I've tried booting from a disc and also the Windows installer. I haven't ...
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Remove RECYCLER directory from virus infected flash drive

Before you advise me on the option of saving my files and formatting the drive using gparted, please understand that I could have done that hours back and that would have taken only a few minutes. ...
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Does linux have a signature system for executables?

Windows has a signature system which allows you to make sure that an executable hasn't been modified after it has been signed. I used to use this as a security measure in Windows. Does linux have ...
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How can I use the Windows (Super) key?

The Windows key seems to not have any use in Ubuntu, but since I'm just coming from Windows I'm used to this key having some function. How can I make good use of the Windows key in Ubuntu? I've seen ...
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What do you do when Ubuntu hangs/lags? Ctrl+Alt+Del? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I do when Ubuntu freezes? Generally, I think Linux should be stable? But recently, my Ubuntu was hanging or lagging. Mouse moves but not responding to ...
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How do I install Windows 7 without overwriting GRUB? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair grub? I have both Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.10 in my PC, now as all know my Windows XP is been attacked by virus, and I need to re-install it by Windows ...
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How do I remove my Ubuntu partition from Windows 7 and reuse the space?

I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu, both installed on separate partitions. I don't need Ubuntu anymore. How can I remove the Ubuntu partition(s) and add the reclaimed space to my Windows 7 ...
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How to flash a BIOS when only a Windows binary is provided?

I want to update the BIOS on Toshiba QOSMIO-G30. The exe file that I downloaded from the manufacturer web site is supposed to be Operating System independent! Yet using Wine I could not execute the ...
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Can Ubuntu really run all Windows programs?

I recently stumbled over the Ubuntu for Tablets video, where Mark Shuttleworth presents how Ubuntu is going to look on tablets. However, he said one thing that struck me at: ...
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Windows gets progressively slower over time, why doesn't Ubuntu?

I, and many other previous Windows users notice that the computer seems to get progressively slower over time. I bought a leapfrog crammer only to find it installed process that sat there waiting for ...
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dual boot missing files on ntfs

I have 3 partitions: one for win7 (ntfs), one for Ubuntu (ext4) and one just for data (ntfs so both operating systems can see them). My problem is that I had stored some files on the data partition ...
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Use (Windows) BitLocker-encrypted drive on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

How could I mount my BitLocker encrypted drive on Ubuntu? I have checked the Wine website, and it had no BitLocker support, and I have no idea how to install Dislocker on my computer. I can not ...