How do I run Windows xp on Ubunto 8.1

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My freind told me I could run windows after I installed ubunto and I have no idea how...(newbie)

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daviddou82 (daviddou82) said :

you could look up instructions for "dual booting" your computer or you could try installing the "virtual box ose"

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IL.TX (austinportales) said :

umm ok and after that? I need some sort of turtorial

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daviddou82 (daviddou82) said :

looks it up in the ubuntu documentation pages.

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Tom (tom6) said :

Wine is the best way. Note that "Wine Is Not an Emulator" as it uses a different approach that runs programs a lot faster than they would run in an Emulator. Find Wine by going up to the top taskbar and click on

System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager

it will ask for your normal user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. Use either search tool to look for & install "Wine". This should allow you to run most Windows programs - just look them up in the Wine HQ Applications Database to see how other people have reported on their attempts for a particular program.

Usually tho, it is better to look up a native linux application as they usually do the job better, especially in Ubuntu - just use Synaptic as described above. Both it's search tools look in the package descriptions as well as in the titles. Also it's possible to install Windows in a virtual machine and run programs in that. One virtual machine program is called "Virtualbox" but this is slower and more like an emulator.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Endolith (endolith) said :

Wine does not let you "run Windows XP". The question is about dual booting, not Wine.

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Best Tom (tom6) said :

If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new question. Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so posting/re-posting a question just before america arrives online after work/school gives the best chance of getting a good few answers - such is the nature of the internet.

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the forum thread and mark it as Solved but please give us a clue how you did manage to solve it and also use the button under where you type stuff in rather than giving me karma credit points for just sending this note to you.

Apologies, good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

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IL.TX (austinportales) said :

Thanks Tom, that solved my question.