I downloaded the ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso and I don't have a USB and a DVD burner. How can I install it on my Windows 8 64bit PC? Is it possible to just run the iso file? I tried running the Wubi inside the ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso and it's not booting to the Ubuntu installation screen. I am planning on doing dual boot and I badly need it to test some stuff. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Best regards.

  • just buy a USB stick they aren't that expensive... – Alvar Oct 28 '13 at 19:25
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    As far as I understand, Wubi just runs a version of Ubuntu INSIDE the Windows operating system. To install, you will need some form of external media, such as a DVD or USB stick. You may also be able to buy a copy of the installer on the DVD, which saves a bit of hassle. For instance, this UK supplier. Running the ISO file will probably just show some files on the Windows system. – Wilf Oct 28 '13 at 19:26
  • Wubi creates a virtual HD under windows. A minimum of resources are lost to mounting and maintaining the virtual HD. It uses the windows boot loader to switch between windows 8 and wubi. You are limited in the size of the virtual HD (30-40 GB). It's a non-committal way to install Ubuntu. – Jeffery Williams Oct 28 '13 at 20:21
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    @wilf Wubi is officially DEPRECATED as of 13.04. Mostly because it blows up with the new windows 8 stuff. DO NOT INSTALL ANY VERSION OF UBUNTU WITH WUBI ON WINDOWS 8! – Yet Another User Oct 28 '13 at 20:28
  • I agree @YetAnotherUser - completely re installing, dual-booting,even using another hard drive would be better than Wubi. N.B. t0rmenti0n, you don't have install 64bit Ubuntu, 32bit should work as well. Also, you may want to search to see if the hardware, such as wifi cards, SD card ports, graphic cards, some speakers etc, will work with Ubuntu. – Wilf Oct 28 '13 at 20:59

No, this is not possible. Buy a USB stick. There are plenty of online guides showing you exactly how to install it.

Don't use Wubi, it should have been retired years ago. It's unstable, slow, and extremely hard to find help for.


There is a 64 bit mini.iso and 32 bit mini.iso. It is 34 MB and so you could burn it to a CD, if you have access to a CD burner. It does not have a live feature. It might be a text only installer. It installs everything from the internet, so you need reliable network hardware. It's much harder to install this way, but it's another option.

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