Installing Ubuntu From A Windows System With Wubi

Version 1.0
Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 09/06/2007

Wubi is an Ubuntu installer for Windows that lets you install and uninstall Ubuntu from a Windows desktop. Wubi adds an entry to the Windows boot menu which allows you to run Linux. Ubuntu is installed within a file in the Windows file system (a loopmounted partition), this file is seen by Ubuntu as a real hard disk. That way the hard drive does not have to be repartitioned before the Ubuntu installation. The resulting Ubuntu installation is a "real" Linux system, not just a virtual machine. Wubi makes it easy for Linux newbies to play around with Ubuntu.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I have tested this on a Windows XP Professional desktop.


2 Downloading Wubi

Go to and click on the Download (Beta) button:

Download Wubi to a folder on your Windows system:

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From: at: 2007-09-11 17:55:54

Wooby is a fine and intelligent tool!

 My problem is that it's downloading the ISO from ( It would be much better if you could chose a mirror closer to you.

 Critics ... can't live without them.  I have to say it again, it's a great tool!

From: at: 2007-09-12 15:06:11

You can either:

1) edit the .metalink file in the wubi->install directory to only go to your nearest mirror (e.g. edit ubuntu-7.04-alternate-i386.iso.metalink in notepad)


2) manually download the .iso file from any mirror and put it in wubi->install (e.g download ubuntu-7.04-alternate-i386.iso)

 and then run wubi

From: at: 2007-09-12 03:33:11

Puppy linux has been doing this for years now with pretty good success check it out

From: at: 2007-09-13 09:19:44

Is there an option to install Ubuntu from the live CD, which I already have, rather than downloading the ISO?

From: at: 2007-09-26 20:40:02

UNetbootin at also does the same thing (installs Ubuntu from Windows without needing a CD), but unlike Wubi it installs to a real partition so you don't have to bother with the issues of a loop install. It also supports Fedora, openSuse, Mandriva, and Archlinux installation as well as Ubuntu.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-03-30 22:37:07

If anyone is not sure about if WUBi is for them or not, take alook at this review i wrote before you download:

Or just give it a go since wubi is so easy, its not hard to remove if you dont like it.  

From: sarath at: 2012-11-28 00:17:32

Installing through wubi is much simpler than installing through a disk. wubi completely keeps all the overhead to itself.