The title says it all. I understand that it is necessary to download creator software in order to install Ubuntu/Xubuntu on my brand new hard drive. However, the only computer I have access to is the public library computer. Since I don't have admin privileges, I am finding it difficult to accomplish this necessary first step. Is there a way around this?

  • I'd suggest a friends computer or buy an installation dvd/usb : shop.canonical.com/index.php?cPath=17 – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 19 '15 at 19:46
  • @Serg: Could you please convert that to an answer so that schmucks like me who go around hunting for unanswered questions don't have to look at this one any more? ;-) (And I'll upvote if you drop me a note and it's a good one too!) – Fabby May 19 '15 at 23:15
  • Unetbootin might work for a non-admin Windows account -- can't say I've tried it, but I suspect you'll need admin privilege to install it. Then again, even if you can install it, it might or might not work to give a Ubuntu USB that actually boots; I've had trouble with it producing a USB that looks perfect in file managers, but won't boot. – Zeiss Ikon Jun 2 '15 at 18:02

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Just buy an installation DVD/USB from: http://shop.canonical.com/index.php?cPath=17

  • Try osdisc.com to get latest Ubuntu. 15.04 is not even in Ubuntu official shop – solsTiCe Jun 2 '15 at 18:17
  • @solsTiCe That's definitely an option but probably many users will be skeptical, as osdisc.com is an outside vendor, while Canonical is the company behind ubuntu, hence more trustworthy – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jun 2 '15 at 18:25
  • @Serg you could use the "Check Integrity" tool of brasero to check your DVD against MD5SUMS.txt from ubuntu site. You need to keep only the relevant line in the file – solsTiCe Jun 2 '15 at 19:47

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