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How do I install Ubuntu?

I have an older HP laptop that came with Vista. Instead of installing Win8, I installed Ubuntu as an application where it prompts for Windows or Ubuntu during the boot process.

Well, Windows has not been booting for a year... I think it was crushed by a virus. I'm happily using Ubuntu but I'm wondering if there's a way to do a fresh install of just Ubuntu and wipe the hard drive completely with this unique setup where Ubuntu is attached to Windows but I can't get into Windows?


Yes, and for that you'll need to make an Ubuntu installation CD/USB (also known as Live CD/USB), and boot from it. When the desktop loads, click the Install button, and follow along, then, at stage 4 (see the guide), select "Erase disk and install Ubuntu".

That should take care of wiping the disk out completely.

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Last, but not least, backup whatever files you want to keep before you start, and then restore them after the installation.

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  • Also copy any files from Vista partition that might be useful, as part of your backup .. – david6 Oct 4 '12 at 7:49
  • Eraze and lease :) – carefulnow1 Oct 12 '16 at 14:47
  • can i use one computer to make the startup disk, and then install it on a different computer? i guess i just want to make sure that i can follow these instructions to make the bootable USB with a different computer than the one i want to wipe. – dbliss Apr 22 '17 at 17:39
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    @dbliss Yes, you can. It doesn't matter which computer is used to make the bootable USB. – mikewhatever Apr 22 '17 at 18:10

Yes, you can do a fresh install.

My preferred way to do this is to download the Ubuntu Desktop image from Ubuntu website, and while in your "old" Ubuntu environment create a bootable USB flash drive. For example, open the "Dash" (hit the "Windows" button if you have it on your keyboard) and type "Startup Disk Creator", and you should see a program icon below for the utility to upload the downloaded image to the flash drive. You may also make a bootable USB from Windows and from MAC OS X.

This helps with computers that do not have a CD or DVD drive, and also appears to be a faster installation. As a bonus, you will have the USB stick as a live Ubuntu to go and boot any other computer from it.

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Please downlaod Ubuntu version you want to install and then burn it into a CD / DVD.

Boot from the DVD and choose

Install Ubuntu

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Then move with choices till you reach this window

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Now if you want to remove windows You have to choose the second option "Replace Windows with ...."

and that's just move with options and you'll got what you wish...

Good luck

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