Wubi

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 167 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
10.04
File Size:
2.39MB
Date Added:
May 05, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
229,719
Downloads Last Week:
1,413
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Ubuntu is an open-source Linux distribution operating system, and if that sounds like geek to you, it shouldn't. If you've only ever used Windows, the idea of trying a new operating system might sound a little scary. But with Wubi you can download and try Ubuntu easily, and with the knowledge that you can go back to Windows whenever you like.

Wubi is simply an installer for Ubuntu, and as such, it's not at all complicated. The program allows users to install--and uninstall--Ubuntu as they would any other Windows application. In essence, you get an operating system within an operating system, and you can switch back and forth with relative ease. Wubi asks users to choose the disk on which they want to install Ubuntu, and from there it's really just a matter of waiting. It took about half an hour for Ubuntu to download, after which we rebooted our computer as instructed. Instead of launching Windows automatically, a screen appeared that asked us to choose Windows or Ubuntu. We chose Ubuntu, and did some more waiting as Ubuntu was installed. It is an entire operating system, after all, so it's bound to take longer than your average Windows application. Once that was done, we set off to explore Ubuntu. And when we were ready, we simply rebooted to switch back to Windows. Overall, Wubi isn't a particularly impressive program, but when it comes to installers, you really want something that draws as little attention to itself as possible. Wubi succeeds on that front, making it relatively quick and easy to download Ubuntu.

Wubi installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to everyone.

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 167 votes

    • 5 star: 76
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current Version:

    3.5

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "just a boot error for windows 8 users"

    August 27, 2013   |   By diablokrom

    Version: Wubi 12.04

    Pros

    not sure about any pros - never got to use the program

    Cons

    doesn't work on windows 8
    not cool, not cool

    Summary

    After installing this program on windows 8 I rebooted, got the option to run windows 8 or Ubuntu - after choosing Ubuntu a boot error messages tells me that I'm..
    missing file: \Ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr
    status: 0x000007b

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  • 1 stars

    "This is buggier than a hobo's bed."

    August 23, 2013   |   By ekertin

    Version: Wubi 12.04

    Pros

    Installed fine after an interminable 2 1/2 hour download. It was downhill (fast) after that.

    Cons

    Chose a password during instal. When I boot up it says it can't find boot kernel? Then after 2 minutes it boots up. I can't enter my password. WIFI won't work. Screen is glitchy. That was just the first five minutes. I've had more fun at the dentist office. I've got a one year old HP laptop, Win7 64, and an AMD. I don't see how cnet can give this such a high rating.

    Summary

    In my poorer days I used to run Linux Fedora on my PC. It was a pretty decent and free operating system. I thought I'd try may hand at Linux again, especially since you don't need to partition, but this software stinks.

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  • 2 stars

    "Doesn't work with ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.is0"

    August 11, 2013   |   By itis_sayed

    Version: Wubi 12.04

    Pros

    Easy way to install ubuntu distros.

    Cons

    Doesn't work with ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso

    Summary

    If you are trying to install ubuntu 12.04.2 from iso with wubi, then try this one instead. This wubi installer worked fine for me.

    http://people.canonical.com/~evand/wubi/precise/wubi-r273-signed.exe

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  • 3 stars

    "be careful"

    March 24, 2013   |   By nealrflett

    Version: Wubi 12.04

    Pros

    well i suppose anything that can compete with windows is worth trying. yes its fast.less maintenance.no viruses. defragging etc.easy to uninstall becuase it is in windows

    Cons

    would not let me log in.only as guest. not really user freindly. but after using windows for 13 years.its like learning a new language

    Summary

    worth checking out but be careful

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  • 3 stars

    "It would be nice if your password worked!!!!"

    February 11, 2013   |   By dcowboydon

    Version: Wubi 12.04

    Pros

    It's fast compared to windows.

    Cons

    When I installed the program it was with a username and password.It wanted a password before it would let me log-on to my wireless connection to authenticate. I never got on.I installed the program twice no wireless..

    Summary

    I gave up and uninstalled it...

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