I just got a new laptop loaded with Windows 7 64-bit on it and found this helpful in doing the Ubuntu install using the Wubi installer. First down load Ubuntu from their website. This will ensure you get the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. Better make sure you grab version 11.04 while you can. The next version 11.10 will no longer offer the option of running Gnome desktop from the log in screen.
Navigate to the Ubuntu.com website and select Get It or use this link:
http://www.ubuntu.com/download and select the option
"Run it with Windows"
Below is a tutorial from the Howtogeek.com using an older version but it still is valid.
Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer that allows Windows
users to easily get started in the Linux realm. Using Wubi to install
Ubuntu is a similar process you’d use to install any other software
program in Windows. It saves you the hassle of creating another
partition or creating a VM. Wubi has been around for a few years now,
and official version have been included on the Ubuntu Live CD since 8.04
“Hardy Heron”. We’ll take a look at installing Wubi from the Ubuntu
Live CD and also downloading Wubi.exe separately and installing
Installing Ubuntu with Wubi from Ubuntu CD
In this first method we’ve already downloaded the Ubuntu Live ISO and
burned it to CD. In Windows pop in the Ubuntu 9.10 installation disc
and run wubi.exe.
At the Ubuntu Menu screen click the Install inside Windows button.
At the Ubuntu Installer screen you choose the language, install
drive, installation size, username and password then when you’re
finished click Install.
Give it a few moments while the installation kicks off…
When it’s complete, a restart is required but you can do it right away or wait until later.
Installing Ubuntu from Wubi.exe
If you don’t already have the Ubuntu CD, another option is to
download the Wubi Installer and kick off the install process. This
simplifies the process even more because you don’t need to download the
ISO and burn it to disc. One thing to point out with this method is
you’ll get extra choices for the type of Desktop Environment you wish to
install. In this example we’re choosing the Kubuntu environment.
Now when the installation takes place, it will download the
appropriate ISO for the chosen desktop environment. Kubuntu uses the KDE
environment which is different from the Gnome used in Ubuntu. The main
difference is that KDE is more flashy with graphics and might be easier
for a Windows user to get comfortable with.
No matter which route you take to install Ubuntu with Wubi, everything is installed to C:\Ubuntu directory.
Booting Into Ubuntu
After the first reboot, you can choose between Windows 7 or Ubuntu at the Windows Boot Manager screen.
The first time you boot into Ubuntu, wait a few minutes while the
installation finishes up. You’ll see a series of screens and then the
main install screen is displayed showing progress and screens showing
features offered in Ubuntu 9.10.
Your system will reboot one more time and again you will have Windows 7 or Ubuntu to choose from.
When you select Ubuntu from the bootloader, it will go into the GRUB
bootloader where you can select Ubuntu, Recovery Mode, or back to the
Windows 7 Boot Manager.
At the Ubuntu login screen you’ll notice the username and password will be what you gave it in the steps above.
That’s really all there is to it…now you can easily boot into Ubuntu and get your geek on with this popular flavor of Linux.
Here is a look at the Kubuntu interface after a bit of tweaking…if you choose that route.
After Ubuntu has been completely installed, you can select the
default boot system by going into Advance System Settings \ Startup and
Recovery…then selecting between Windows or Ubuntu. To learn more about
getting into this setting, check out The Geek’s article: Easily Set Default OS in a Windows7/Vista Dual Boot Setup.
So you’ve tried Ubuntu and decided you don’t like it, so now what do
you do? It’s easy…just uninstall it. Boot into Windows 7 and go into Add
/ Remove Programs…
Or use a utility like Revo Uninstaller.
The uninstall process is extremely simple as well and consists of two screens. Verify you want to uninstall Ubuntu…
That’s it! It’s uninstalled and you have your hard drive space back.
When you reboot your system, there’s no leftover funky GRUB or other
bootloader to worry about. Your PC will boot directly into Windows.
This might be the easiest way for the Linux beginner to get their
feet wet with Ubuntu as there are no partitions to create and
installation is extremely simple. For this article we used Windows 7 but
it should work on Windows 98 through Windows 7 …except for Windows
ME…which no one should be running anyway. If you’re looking for an
extremely easy way to start using Ubuntu Linux, you’ll definitely want
to give the Wubi install a try.