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Good. :) You'll need a blank disc and need to download Ubuntu Desktop. :) I'll need to get back to you on the instructions as I need to reboot into my ubuntu partition.:)

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I have a blank disc and i can download that software as requested. Do you have a safe known site to download the latest version from or should i just google it?

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I have a USB stick would that be easier than burning it to a CD?

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from the Ubunu site:

Click the big orange button to download the latest version of Ubuntu. You will need to create a CD or USB stick to install Ubuntu.

Would it be ok to use a stick instead of burning then??

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That is fine. :) Just need to run the live cd. :) Which will run the Ubuntu Operating System from memory. It may be slow depending on your processor and memory.

1. Reboot the system after burning the disc and launch the boot menu by F12. Choose the cd drive or usb device.

2. Choose run the live cd. DO NOT CHOOSE INSTALL!!!! This won't install directly, but it will lead you into something that could erase your hard drive.

3. It'll load Ubuntu from memory and load into the Ubuntu OS.

4. At the top left menus choose System and Administration from the drop down men and Disk Utility.

5. Make sure the hard drive is plugged in and locate it on the left then choose unmount(needs to be hidden so nothing attempts to use it)then choose format and FAT(Same as fat32).

This will format in the fat32 file system that Windows won't do. Let me know if you are stuck on anything and I'll provide some screenshots.:) Don't format it under windows again otherwise it may change it back to NTFS(can't remember).

Your drive should be formatted and work like you want.:)

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Thanks Buttons. I just want to make sure i do everything exactly the way i am supposed to. Any chance i could get you to be a little more detailed in your step by step so i dont screw anything up?? i mean, starting right from me downloading the software on the web site can you direct me all the way to formatting? That would help me a great deal.

For example guide me exactly when to download things to my USB, when to start running Ubuntu in detail etc. I am sorry for bugging you but i am scared i will screw something up, so if you have time i would greatly appreciate a very detailed step by step starting with me at the download page on the Ubuntu web site!! All help is appreciated Buttons !!

P.S. When do i need to make sure the drive is hidden ie unmounted? Thats kinda why i need more detailed steps or i will screw up LOL !!

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Ether force a shut down(not recommended)or click the top right next to ubuntu that looks like a t.v./dvd player power button and restart. :) Disc will eject and all will be the same(expect the new formatted drive :) ). :)

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P.S. - screenshots would be very awesome Buttons and i am truly grateful !! Your a great guy to help me out !

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P.S.S - is it better for me to use a USB stick to do this or a cd disc?

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Doesn't matter. :) Both work the same. :) Unless you don't want to format the usb stick a cd would be better.:)

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hmm well i dont currently have anything on the USB stick so i dont think formatting it would be a worry.

I will stay online nonstop now and wait for your instructions. Also, let me know when you want me to format the USB stick.

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waiting on you i didnt download yet. Do i download the Ubuntu right to the USB stick or to my computer first?

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The tool will download everything you need if you haven't.:) If you have it won't be much different.

1. Run the tool and use the drop down box and choose Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop i386 and ether check the box to download and it'll install it for you or choose the file location. I'm gonna download it as I don't have it on file. :)

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Just use the above directions and have it download it. It'll do everything for you. :)

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ok should i choose to save the file to my pc or usb? Then run it?

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Otherwise it is giving me an option to open with nero burning tool. Should i just accept that?

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Missed that sorry. Choose the desktop. :)

Assuming you are going to download it yourself. After it finishes run the tool with the same directions and choose browse and find the file on your desktop. :)

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hmm i have fast internet but it says it is going to take about an hour to download :)

Now once it downloads, you want me to run it correct? Its an image file so i can only run it by using ISO software correct? So once i download it i assume i use Nero or whatever iso software i have??

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shoot my bad. Ok i dont need to download it then i will just run it using nero then? that fine?

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The download will take a bit. :) Just to make sure I'm on the right track, are you using the usb stick or burning it to a cd?

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