This post is for those of you out there who want to try out Ubuntu 13.04 using the Ubuntu Wubi installer.
With the latest release of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) just a few days back, I wanted to give it a try using the famous Wubi installer. However, in a message to the Ubuntu Devel Mailing list, Canonical’s Steve Langasek stated that the Ubuntu Foundations team ‘…does not expect Wubi to be in a releasable state for 13.04.’
Disclaimer: Ubuntu recommends installing Ubuntu 13.04 on its own dedicated partition.
The Wubi tool, introduced into Ubuntu images by default during the 8.04 release, allowed Windows users the ability to safely install Ubuntu without having to create a physical partition on their hard drive.
In order to try out Ubuntu 13.04 using Wubi installer, you will have to install 12.10 using the installer and then upgrade Ubuntu to 13.04. The following steps will guide you to accomplish that without much fuss.
- Windows 7 or 8
- At least 15GB of free Disk space
- Internet Connection
Download the Ubuntu Wubi Installer for Ubuntu 12.10 using this link. The download link on the Ubuntu Website allows you to only download 12.04 LTS using the Wubi Installer.
Run the downloaded installer file. Select the drive you want to install Ubuntu in as well as the amount of space you want to allocate. The virtual drive created by the Wubi installer will expand dynamically up-to a maximum of the amount you allocate now.
Click install. The installer will download the Ubuntu 12.10 image and install it. Once completed, select ‘Reboot Now’ and click finish
Once Ubuntu boots up, open the update manager and check for updates. You should see a screen similar to the one below.
Click the ‘Yes, Upgrade Now’ button. The installer will download and install Ubuntu 13.04 in you system.
That all. I hope you find this guide helpful. Leave your comments below.