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Re: Installed Ubuntu - never asked to format - did it?
The Ubuntu install should have asked you whether you want to create a new partition or use an existing one, and what size you want the partition. Chances are you chose to use a new partition and leave the Windows installation. the C: drive label is a Windows concept. You will find the windows installation by going to Places, then you will see a drive that says (xxx.x) Media where xxx.x is the size of the partition. That is your windows partition, and you can access all of your files on the Windows partition as long as the windows partition was not shut down incorectly or put into hibernation or sleep mode.
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No easy way exists to run Linux program in windows. Use VirtualBox or VMware virtual environment, download Linux OS, install virtual Linux machine and then install your downloaded program in Linux.
I have been installing OS for windows and Linux. But I have a problem running online and offline games in linux flatforms. I am fond of playing offline games too. Since Our clients in the internet cafe' requests PLANT VS. ZOMBIES game be installed in the other units having ubuntu OS 8.10 client desktops. Just make sure when you have installed the ubuntu it must be accompanied with WINE INSTALLER in order to run the exe. file of the Windows design Plant Vs. Zombies. Copy the folder of the Plant Vs. Zombies files and then paste it in the desktop or home folder of the Linux OS. Right Click the exe icon the open it with wine program installer. Then just wait for a while then the Plant Vs. Zombies game will load in a linux Program.
Enjoy Playing Plant Vs. Zombies in Windows and Linux Program.
Because of licensing issues, Ubuntu is unable to play MP3s out of the
box. We’ll show you how to play MP3s and other restricted file formats
in about four mouse clicks.
The philosophy behind Ubuntu is that software should be free and
accessible to all. Whether MP3 and other file formats are free is
unclear in many countries, so Ubuntu does not include software to read
these file formats by default.
Fortunately, it does include a package that installs the most
commonly used file formats all at once, including a Flash plugin for
Firefox. Note: These instructions are for Ubuntu 10.04. There are small
differences for earlier versions of Ubuntu. Play MP3 Files
Open the Ubuntu Software Center, found in the Applications menu.
Click on View and ensure that All Software is selected.
Type “restricted extras” into the search box at the top-right. Find
the Ubuntu restricted extras package and click Install.
Enter your password when prompted.
Once the install is complete, close out of Ubuntu Software Center,
and you’ll be able to play MP3 files! To confirm this, we’ll open up
Rhythmbox, found in the Sound & Video section of the Applications
Our test MP3 plays with no problems! Note: If Rhythmbox tells you that MP3 plugins are not installed,
close Rhythmbox and reopen it. You should not have to install anything
extra through Rhythmbox.
Despite this extra step, playing the most common audio and video file
formats – including Flash videos on the internet – is simple. All the
software comes installed, you just have to teach them how to read your
You can use the windows disk to over-write the ubuntu installation. Just boot from the windows disk, and when it asks where to install, tell it to format the disk and create a partition from the unpartitioned space. Windows will format the disk and you should be good to go. Keep in mind, everything on the disk will be lost.
The following tutorial will help you reformat your hard drive and reinstall windows. I personally reformat my HDD and reinstall windows at least once every 3 to 5 months. After your first successful reformatting, you'll wonder why you didn't try this earlier. This is one of the first things I taught myself because I knew I was going to make a mess of my system...alot. Anyway, Please note, I am not responsible for any damage although I don't see how you can possibly damage anything whilst reformatting. Follow these steps exactly and you should be fine.
Step 1: Make sure you have your Windows XP disk. I personally delete everything I don’t need, and uninstall all programs that I don’t use. I then make a list of all the programs I still have installed and download all the installers I will need. Also download Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware but do not install them. I then backup all my important data and all the installers onto a portable hard drive – if you don’t have one you can build one (see HERE how to build your own external hard drive cheaply) or you can use DVD’s or CD’s. Make sure you have everything backed up and then disconnect the portable hard drive.
Step 2: Insert your windows disk into the Master CD drive (if you have more than one) and turn the computer off. Make sure you are disconnected from any networks. You will need to have your cd drive selected as your first boot device. If it not already selected, you will need to go into your bios and set the boot priority to cd/hdd, then with your Windows cd in your cd drive, save and exit bios.
Step 3: Turn on your computer. A screen will come up saying “Press any key to boot from disk”. Press any key (where’s the “Any” key gone?!). Now wait about 10seconds for the setup utility to be loaded. When asked if you want to set up or repair, hit Enter to set up Windows. Read the license agreement and hit F8 if you agree. If the setup program detects an existing installation of Windows and asks if you want to repair it, hit Esc to skip the repair. The setup program will ask you where to install Windows. Highlight the existing "C: Partition1" partition and hit D to delete it. Hit L to confirm. Next, hit Enter to install Windows on the "Unpartitioned Space". Format the space as NTFS - You will get an option to choose full or quik format. My experience is that quick format is for disk that have previously formatted. If the disk has not been formatted, then you will have to use the standard format option. Usually you will get a popup message "This disk can not be quick formatted" or something along that line. Then continue the installation. Please note: During the installation process, your computer will reboot. You will then see a message to press any key to boot from cd. Do not press any key a second time, otherwise the installation will start from scatch again. Complete the next several screens on the setup process and make sure you do not leave the administrator password blank. After following these steps, setup should be complete. Step 4: Firstly you should install your antivirus software, Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware. Also enable the windows firewall by going to Start>Control Panel>Network and Internet Connections>Network Connections (icon on the bottom-right)>Right-click the Local Area Connection>Properties>Advanced tab>Check the box next to "Protect my computer and network...">OK. After this has been done, install all updates from the Microsoft website (including windows XP service Pack 2). Then install all drivers from your motherboard utilities CD. Now it is time to install your programs. Step 5: Enjoy the brand new feeling of your Reformatted PC
Hope this tutorial will help some people.
Watch this 5 minute video tutorial before you start...
Format ur computer using UBUNTU and do clean install. The existing data will be lost. As it is a second hand computer, u dont need the existing data. Got UBUNTU Desktop edition? If not try to download it from official UBUNTU site.