Burning ubuntu

I am a newby.

My grandson’s laptop has, somehow, lost its operating system, but the computer itself seems to be ok.

On my laptop, I have downloaded and ‘saved’ ubuntu. So I now have a document in ‘My Docs’ called ubuntu. I have been trying to copy this document onto a DVD+RW so that I can load up ubuntu onto his laptop.

Windows will not let me do so. Windows says that there is ‘an error’. Nor will windows allow me to open ubuntu.

Anybody any ideas what is going on and what I can do?

I would be obliged.


Hi, and welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

What is the full name of the file you have… is it something like - ubuntu-11.04-desktop-i386.iso ?

If it IS an ISO image… see this post:

for instructions to download Imgburn for Windows (free), and how to use it to burn an ISO image to a CDROM or DVD

If it ISN’T an ISO image, where did you get the file ?

I deleted the ‘saved’ copy of Ubuntu and started again (it was the version that you mentioned).

I downloaded imgburn as you suggested, and after some initial difficulties, was successful. I then started again, downloaded ubuntu and burned to a disc. I then tried the system using the disc. All ok.

My intention now is to load ubuntu onto my grandson’s lap top. Wish me well! I might be back.

Thanks mucho for the help.


You’re welcome, good luck … not that I think you’ll need it, by far the majority of people have no real issues installing :slight_smile:

Well, bless-a-ma-soul! Loaded ubuntu onto grandson’s laptop - sorted! Got onto internet, commented on some blogs, downloaded a couple of things. Lots to learn as yet, but on the way.

The computer scenario is immensely complex - to begin with. But we must remember that it was only in the early hours of this morning that I started to try to acccess Linux! And here we are - fully (well, nearly) operational. Timescales are shrinking all the time.

Once again, thanks. I could not have done it without your suggestions.



Trying a new OS can be a bit overwhelming at first… Well done :slight_smile:

I’m not 100% sure what you meant by “downloaded a couple of things”, but thought it best to mention this just in case…

You do realise in Linux (unlike Windows) you don’t (on the whole) go hunting for software online don’t you ?

Pretty much everything you will ever want is available in your package manager(s), Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Centre.

It will then be downloaded and installed for you (and kept up-to-date automagically)… and it all comes from central repositories, so it is all tested as working on Ubuntu, and pretty much guaranteed to be malicious code free.

I hope you enjoy the Linux experience, and if you have any other questions, or need assistance, we’ll be happy to help… that’s why we’re here :slight_smile:

You are a gentleman - and I will bear what you say in mind.