I want to upgrade my current Wubi installation (Ubuntu 11.04) to Ubuntu 11.10. Is this possible to do inside Wubi? Or do I have delete Wubi from Windows, therefore deleting my current Ubuntu installation; and then install 11.10 via the Wubi installer?


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You can upgrade a Wubi install - the same way as a normal upgrade, either from the Update Manager or via the Alternate CD (while running your Wubi Ubuntu). Note that the alternate CD has been discontinued since release 12.10 so you have to use the Update Manager.

I recommend that you check you have plenty of free space - at least 3GB - the upgrade underestimates the space it needs (bug report here).

Also, a quick and easy precaution is to backup the \ubuntu\disks\root.disk from Windows before upgrading - that way, if it fails you can just copy over the root.disk from before the upgrade.

Note that upgrading to 14.04 will require a manual workaround in order to boot.

  • Will my Gnome desktop stay intact? I read that 11.10 doesn't have Gnome included by default, but can be added manually. Oct 13, 2011 at 20:57
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    Probably not since I think Gnome went from 2 to 3. From what I've read you'll have to install the gnome-shell package and reconfigure it. I see there is also a gnome-panel that is similar to Gnome 2. I think this is probably a (good) separate question.
    – bcbc
    Oct 13, 2011 at 21:22
  • Here's some info on gnome-shell: omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/10/gnome-shell-ubuntu-11-10-guide
    – bcbc
    Oct 14, 2011 at 17:05
  • Thanks! I actually decided not to upgrade, since 11.10 seems to have many issues right now. I'll just wait until it becomes more stable. :) Oct 14, 2011 at 23:19

I don't think you can upgrade when you boot to the wubi install. You can try Alt+F2 then type update-manager -d but I recommend reading https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGe

I also suggest dual booting, however, if you plan on long-term use. Wubi is for evaluation and is known to run into issues down the road.

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    Okay...yeah I know wubi is not recommended for long term use, but I'm planning on building a dedicated PC for Linux. Oct 13, 2011 at 16:51
  • According to the wiki in my post, upgrade from Wubi wasn't supported since the 9.10 release; that wiki may be out of date. Also, if my answer solved your issue, please accept it :)
    – P05TMAN
    Oct 13, 2011 at 17:03
  • Thanks for the info. I went ahead and dual-booted 11.04 with Windows 7 by installing 11.04 on an external hard drive. I decided not to upgrade, since there seems to be many issues with 11.10 right now. I'll just wait until the bugs are worked out. :) Oct 14, 2011 at 23:19

I did the update, and it didn't work sadly. I have no way to revert back because I can't log in, and when I tried to uninstall wubi it failed in the middle. So I'd say wait till wubi has the option for 11.10.

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