I've deleted registry entries on my Windows computer. If I install Ubuntu on it, will it be OK?

Asked by Katherine Ortmann on 2010-05-03

I'm using Windows XP right now on my desktop computer. A while ago, I was struck by a virus and, in attempt to cure it, mistakenly deleted a registry entry. My computer is now the equivalent of high-functioning autistic (no offense intended to those with autism spectrum disorders). If I install Ubuntu, will it be OK in spite of the damage I've done to my registry? Does it need those same registry entries to run? I'm very, very new to advanced software stuff like this and I just want my computer to work.Thanks for your help!

(Also, what would be the most feasible way of disposing of all the crap I've downloaded onto my computer? I have way too many games/installers/applications and they're hogging up all my hard drive. How do I clean sweep it? Should I do that before or after going Ubuntu?)

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Sure the Ubuntu install will not take any notice of What windows has (provided you use a proper install and not crappy wubi). Linux will be an entirely seperate system.

If you intend to use wubi then the registry it will not be used and should still be ok but wubi is NOT a longterm solution to using Ubuntu. I recommend you resize your NTFS in the live CD and install a native system. It will run better and will not be affected by anything you do in WIndows

Katherine Ortmann (tadpole-75) said : #2

Sounds great, can you translate that into Noobese? (Did I mention I'm new here? Like "born yesterday" new here.)

What do you mean by "proper install"? As opposed to what? Any special steps I should take to ensure my install is "proper"?
What on earth is wubi?
"I recommend you resize your NTFS in the live CD and install a native system."-Given that I have effectively no knowledge of the terms "resize", "NTFS", "live CD", and "native system" in this context, can you restate that?

Sorry to be so needy, and I appreciate your help- it's just not dumbed-down enough for me yet. Thanks again!

Best peter b (b1pete) said : #3

Katherine, I'd recommend, first of all, to reach a decision re your current XP installation; couple of questions

 - is your XP broken/unusable ?
 - do you want it fixed and use it after ?

if yes to both questions then an XP support dedicated forum would best help you get back on track; this site is linux/ubuntu dedicated.

if you reach a decision that XP is not delivering/do not want to use it any longer, then ubuntu os is a very good answer - easy install and solid performance. in this situation ubuntu can be installed v easily (has all the tools needed) over the existing/broken XP. btw, ubuntu can not fix XP registry, it is a totally independent os;

however, I must mention that if you decide to still use XP then pls get XP functional first (installed/fixed) then and only then install ubuntu. in this situation ubuntu will not interfere at all with the functional XP, it will be a completely separate os; you'll have a choice of using either ubuntu or XP.

just tell us what is your decision then we'll direct and help you get it implemented.

however, there are other options available, first would be to get

if yes to both questions above then probably a new/fresh install of XP (after saving to some other media, if possible, of data that you care about) would get you back on track

peter b (b1pete) said : #4

sorry, just disregard the two last paragraphs

'....however, there are other options available, first would be to get

if yes to both questions above then probably a new/fresh install of XP (after saving to some other media, if possible, of data that you care about) would get you back on track'....

I forgot to delete them before posting; they were just working drafts before I finalized the answer.

thank you.

zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #5

As peter b said it will be good to fix Windows somehow,before you install Ubuntu.Doing that you will be able to remove all programs you don't need/want any more.That will make even more space for Ubuntu.When you fix Windows and remove what you want defragment Windows few times.

"What do you mean by "proper install"?"
You can install Ubuntu inside Windows or on separate partition.Proper install is to install on separate partition.

During install you will get to the partitioning stage and then shrink your Windows partition and on free space install Ubuntu.Format ubuntu partition as ext4.

If you have any question,because we didn't answer you as you want to,please ask again.

Pretty much what zvacet said :)

cheers bro

Katherine Ortmann (tadpole-75) said : #7

Thanks peter b, that solved my question.

Katherine Ortmann (tadpole-75) said : #8

Thanks very much everyone! Current plan is to clean install XP, and then install Ubuntu in a separate partition. Thanks for your help

Make sure you partition XP as only part of the disk. This will save messing around with resizing the partition.