I have successfully installed Ubuntu 12.04 but I didn't see the windows outlined by the numbered installation walk-through:


I was never given an option to install Ubuntu over Windows and wipe it out. How do I achieve this? I am running a new Dell XPS with Windows 7 Premium.

  • 1
    possible duplicate of How do I install Ubuntu? – Alvar Aug 11 '13 at 16:18
  • Is your XPS an Ultrabook? Then this may apply. askubuntu.com/questions/329059/… – oldfred Aug 11 '13 at 19:22
  • I don't have experience with a Windows system, but if you have any other version of Ubuntu already installed on your system, then it will definitely ask you whether you want to "Replace the [previous version] with [new version]". Windows and Ubuntu have different file systems and hence Ubuntu might not be able have to identify it. Hence You might not be getting the option to Install Ubuntu over Windows. But again that's what I expect as I have not done the same on Windows system. – Dhaval Simaria May 17 '16 at 6:28

There should be an option "Replace Windows with Ubuntu". If there isn't one you can do it manually by choosing option "Something else" so you can erase Windows partition and make an Ubuntu one. There are numerous guides on how to do that.

  • Are you saying there is an option in the Ubuntu partition to uninstall the Win7 partition? – Capitalism Prevails Aug 11 '13 at 16:55

In accordance with your question, there are two possible options you may select from while in Installation type step:

1. Erase disk and install Ubuntu: This will erase entire Hard disk and install Ubuntu.

2. Something else: This will show you the partitions or volumes available on your hard disk. You can select the volume in which Windows is installed, format and delete the partition and install Ubuntu.

Both these ways will help you get rid of Windows and have only Ubuntu in your system.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.