A couple of months ago Ubuntu had an ubuntu.exe file inside the iso, so I was able to run Ubuntu in my Windows by clicking ubuntu.exe.

But now in Ubuntu 16.04 it seems ubuntu.exe is not there any more... My AMD computer failed to install Ubuntu 16.04 even though I followed the steps from Ubuntu on how to create a bootable usb.

My question is, why doesn't Ubuntu 16.04 have an ubuntu.exe file like in older versions of Ubuntu?

  • Does wubi info answer your question ? – ngng Jul 19 '16 at 21:57
  • For Ubuntu 16.04 and Higher, Use Wubi by Hakuna Matata To Install Wubi on Windows Laptop/Computers without using a USB Stick. Wubi Hakuna Matata download from the wiki: [github.com/hakuna-m/wubiuefi/wiki] If you want to do other Linux OS, you can use Unetbootin or Rufus – WubiUbuntu980 Unity7 Refugee Sep 6 '16 at 1:40

Why doesn't Ubuntu 16.04 have ubuntu.exe inside the iso?

  1. Wubi is no longer supported and was only meant to be used for testing, not for permanent use.

  2. At this time, Wubi does not work with the Windows 8 or Windows 10 default bootloader. Thus at this point Wubi would not work on a new Windows 8/10 machine. You would be able to install, but not reboot into Ubuntu.Wubi Guide

  3. An important reason for including Wubi in the Ubuntu installation media has disappeared. Now that most computers have ample disk space, it is not so important to give Windows users a way of installing Ubuntu within the existing Windows partition without making an extra partition.

  4. The default repositories in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu have an alternate package for testing the Ubuntu iso called Test Drive. However Test Drive only runs from Ubuntu and runs the test iso in a virtual machine.


I believe this was the wubi method which is no longer recommended. This method has been "not recommended" for quite some time even though it has still been available.

You should seriously consider posting a question about the failed install and provide specifics about the fail.

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