Microsoft online support of Windows Vista was discontinued on 11th April 2017, This means no further updates and bug fixes will be downloaded automatically. However this does not mean you cannot continue to use Vista. If you are dual booting with Linux you can use a more up to date browser than is available under Windows Vista.
The “WUBI” installer, which allows you to install Xubuntu etc inside Windows Vista is not included with the latest distro (12.04), so what can you do?
The first option, is to install an earlier version, say 11.10 and go for the “Distribution Upgrade”.
A drawback with WUBI is that it creates a very large file called “root.disk” which contains a disk image of your Linux installation. If you get an error on this file, you sometimes cannot recover your data. This does not happen very often, but using WUBI, there is a definite risk of a loss of data.
So what is the alternative method?
The method I used was to use “EASEUS Partition Master 6.5.1 Home Edition” (Freeware) to create a blank partition of 10 gig within the “DATA” partition on my Vista Laptop. Then I downloaded Xubuntu 12.04 “alternate” installer.
I then used the alternative (non-graphical) installer to erase and partition the 10 gig sub-partition I had created. The installer creates the sub partitions within this partition i.e. the “swap”and “home” partitions.
Warning: it is very easy to erase your Windows installation by mistake! If you are not at all sure, choose “go back”!
It is easy to tell which partition is which because you know if you created a 10gig partition, the size of the partition must be this value, or approximately this value if you did not specify 10gig exactly. If the value is the size of your whole drive, then it is the wrong partition, and you don’t want to format it!
To understand the procedure without running the risk of wiping out your Windows installation, insert a 4 gig or larger size USB flash drive and use the Linux installer to partition and install to the USB flash drive. You can then set your machine to boot from that as a test.
First steps in Ubuntu
Hot tip: If you overwrite your windows Master Boot Record and cannot boot into Windows, use “Partition Wizard Home Edition Windows Bootable CD”. Method, boot from this CD, and select “repair MBR”
Hot tip: If you overwrite your GRUB loader by re-installing Windows, repair by booting from the Ubuntu live CD. Then start a BASH (Konsole) session:
Full instructions here:
If this link is dead, here is a summary.
How to restore the Ubuntu grub bootloader (9.10 and beyond)
First you need to find out what your drives are called. You can do this by going to a terminal and typing:
sudo fdisk -l
You will get something like this:
From that you need to find the device name of your Ubuntu drive, something like “/dev/sda5″.
So, still in the terminal, type:
sudo mkdir /media/sda5 sudo mount /dev/sda5 /media/sda5
And then, to reinstall the grub:
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/sda5 /dev/sda
Push enter and you’re done! Of course you need to replace “/dev/sda5″ and “/dev/sda” with what you found in the fdisk output.
EasyBCD is not compatible with Windows Vista.
Note you must open an command prompt as an administrator, navigate to the Portable_Ubuntu directory and
Type this: colinux-daemon –install-driver and hit the enter key.
If you do not do this, then when you click on the run_portable_ubuntu batch file, it will not work!
Then you have to type the following commands to update Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
I have had a perpetually revolving blue doughnut in Virtual Box. Had to do a force quit through the task manager. Now testing Ubuntu portable.