Wubi - Install Ubuntu inside Windows w/o Partitioning

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If you want to install ubuntu 7.04 Feisty, but you don't want to modify your
Windows partition and you want to install
inside, http://wubi-installer.org/ is for you. According to its website:

Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you
into the Linux world with a few clicks. Wubi allows you to install and
uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and
Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you.

Moreover, Wubi doesn't need you to replace the default Windows bootloader,
as "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
(c:\wubi\disks\system.virtual.disk), this file is seen by Linux as a real
hard disk." Then it loads the file as a loopback root Filesystem, kind like
those described in "The Loopback Root Filesystem HOWTO," but with the
loopback filesystem is actually in Windows's partition.

Since Wubi makes Ubuntu run inside Windows partition, there will be a little
bit performance penalty, especially when your Windows partition is
fragmented. Moreover, if there were any error in the ntfs partition that
affects the system virtual disk, you need to fix the errors with something
like chkdsk in Windows first before booting Ubuntu. If you're not afraid of
partitioning, I still recommend you to install Ubuntu in a separate

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