Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ubuntu in Windows

I couldn't take it anymore, been using this windows XP laptop for almost 48 hours. I finally cracked and decided to get Ubuntu on this thing. Since I'll need to return this machine unaltered (read, with Windows still on it). This is my recipe:

1. Download the Desktop ISO of Ubuntu from

2. Install winxpvirtualcdcontrolpanel this makes it possible to mount the iso as if it were a virtual cd drive, this was the hardest step, it involves moving a special file into the system32/drivers directory and adding a new virtual drive (budget 5 minutes for reading the readme and figuring out stuff)

3. Mount the ISO to a drive in windows, using the winxpvirtualcdcontrolpanel tool. I used the Z drive for my name

4. Launch the "virtual cd" and select "install in windows"

That's it. You'll be asked for an admin username and password and then after a few minutes you'll be prompted to reboot.

That's it. I'm now up and running and so far the important stuff just works, wifi, internet, wifi, internet......

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