I'm brand new to Ubuntu. I downloaded with Wubi and 13.04 shares my computer with Windows 7, (which hopefully will be deleted soon. Goodbye, Bill).

First, can I toggle back and forth between Win7 and Ubuntu without shutting down and restarting my computer? And second, Ubuntu doesn't appear to be saving any of my changes. I unlocked several icons from the tool bar, added my own wall paper, and typed and saved a LibreOffice document to the Documents Folder, and then saved the document to a flash drive. After shutting down, all these changes were lost and there was nothing saved to the flash drive either. And I don't believe Ubuntu saved my password. I have to log on as a Guest. The other odd thing that I noticed, before I installed Ubuntu I got a warning that there was a previous version on the computer and it would be uninstalled. This is a new computer (4 weeks), and it's only ever had Win7. So I'm not sure what that's all about.

What am I missing here?

Thanks for your help, Bry

  • You wrote "13.04". Sorry, but 13.04 is outdated and not supported. Please try a supported version from here. – ngng Apr 1 '16 at 6:04

No, you can't toggle without restarting - although you can look into virtual machines - they'll provide a way to run one as your full desktop and one virtually in a window (at the cost of a bit of performance).

Have you installed Ubuntu to the hard disk? Only then it will save changes. The other mode, the Live mode ('Try Ubuntu') is an environment where (unless you specify space for storage when creating the USB) all changes are undone upon shutdown.

  • Thank you for getting back to me. Yes, I downloaded to the harddrive. One other thin I noticed upon booting up: I get the message mount:/prsc/mounts: no such file... Is there a repair utility? Thank you. – bcripps Apr 1 '16 at 13:20
  • By 'downloaded', do you mean you downloaded the Ubuntu ISO file? Or did you go through the USB's 'Install Ubuntu' wizard? – UniversallyUniqueID Apr 1 '16 at 23:38
  • I downloaded Wubi from the CNET site. It took about 6 hours over a 2 day period to get what I got. I don't have a disc drive. Can I up-grade without having to go through the whole process again? Thank you... Bry – bcripps Apr 2 '16 at 13:42
  • @bcripps Yes, use the 'Software Updater' app. P.S. Wubi installation is now deprecated and unsupported. – UniversallyUniqueID Apr 2 '16 at 13:43
  • Where do I find this "Software Updater"? – bcripps Apr 2 '16 at 14:52

You installed an old and outdated Wubi version which downloaded a broken version of 13.04. This version doesn't create an user account. So it is not possible to login with your user.

It makes no sense to repair this broken version because 13.04 is now unsupported and upgrades from 13.04 to the next supported version 14.04 are not faster than a fresh install.

Please try a supported Ubuntu version from here or if you need a smaller image to reduce download time, probably Lubuntu is a good choice for you. see here. In general, use .iso and not .torrent downloads because .torrent downloads are slower.

After downloading copy iso file with Rufus to a pendrive and boot into pendrive to install Ubuntu.

If you still think you need Wubi, copy iso file and wubi.exe in the same folder and run wubi.exe. This should avoid time consuming downloads. For newer Ubuntu versions and/or Windows versions community supported versions work only. see wubi info

  • ngng, IMHO, you are right. The password issues of 13.04 are old Wubi bugs: bug 1155704 and bug 1152708 – hakuna_matata Apr 3 '16 at 7:20
  • Ok, I read about Lubuntu and it seems right for my notebook with only 4 gigs of RAM. Now to I uninstall what I have now? How? And I don't have a pendrive (is that a flashdrive stick?) And I don't have a disc burner or player. I need to download direct to the hard drive and I would like to keep Win 7 active for a week or two while I sort things out. Possible? And thank you all... Bry – bcripps Apr 3 '16 at 14:30
  • Opps. Sorry about that. The second line should read: "Now, do I need to uninstall what I have now...." – bcripps Apr 3 '16 at 15:18
  • @bcripps I am not an expert for English words, but flashdrive stick and pendrives should be the same. – ngng Apr 3 '16 at 18:50
  • @bcripps If you need the space, you should uninstall it. If you use Wubi again, it uninstalls Ubuntu automatically. If you don't use it again, see here – ngng Apr 3 '16 at 18:57

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