[ubuntu-uk] Installing Ubuntu using wubi on Vista Home machine.....

John jakewc2 at sky.com
Wed May 20 11:23:46 BST 2009

Matthew Daubney wrote:
>> Hi Neil,
>> Sorry I took so long to answer your message. I lost it in all the e-mail 
>> things I have. I have 3 Ubuntu and 2 windows. Gets confusing now and again.
>> No its not the same pc. Its a friends. It seems that Wubi only wants to 
>> install the amd version, I have tried to install it again on another pc 
>> and that is the version it installed again, even though it is on a a 32 
>> bit machine, so thats 2 separate machines that tried to install the 
>> wrong version, kind of odd.
>> Sorry again,
>> John.
> Hi John,
> Are those machines core 2 duo machines? If so then they support 64bit
> and Wubi would use the 64bit if available (it queries the chip itself to
> ask if it has 64bit support)
> Reading through the FAQ on the Wubi site
> (http://wubi-installer.org/faq.php) 
> "
> Why is the AMD64 version of Ubuntu getting downloaded and installed?
> You probably have a 64 bit machine, the 64AMD installation is
> appropriate for all 64 bit architectures whether AMD or Intel.
> Can I force Wubi to download and install a 32 bit version of Ubuntu?
> Yes, either pre-download the appropriate 32 bit ISO manually and place
> it in the same folder as Wubi.exe or start Wubi with the "--32bit"
> argument."
> So you can force Wubi to download the 32bit version by going start ->
> run then browsing to where you downloaded wubi and then putting --32bit
> outside of the speechmarks. Or you can download the 32bit cd image
> yourself and place it in the same directory as wubi.
> Hope that helps,
> -Matt Daubney
My PC is dual core, my laptop no, at least I dont think so, maybe that 
explains it. If it is dual core that could explain why it was dwnloading 
the 64bit version.

I did see that about the forcing of the 32 bit install, but I didnt 
understand what it was talking about. :( It is useful information though 
for anybody else who has the same problem. When I first installed it, it 
worked perfectly, but then I found I had problems installing stuff. Not 
very good with change, I've just learned how to use it this way.

Thank you so much for the info though, I really appreciate the help.


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