Ubuntu: WUBI Windows installer won't launch on Windows 98


Have an old PIII 1GHz machine that I'd like to try to use as a homework writing / editing / printing machine for the kids and maybe share the printer on the home net, but it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to get Ubuntu installed. Please tell me if I'm missing a trick here:

  1. No CD-ROM in the machine.
  2. BIOS doesn't have an option to boot from a USB drive
  3. Windows '98 currently installed, but when I try to run WUBI, it just exits. No error message, just start, stop. Nothing left running in the task manager.

I disabled the (very old) AV program, no difference.


As you can see on this quote from Ubuntu Wiki, Windows 98 has not been thoroughly tested, knowing that I would recommend to do the normal installation of it, by creating a partition to install it.

Which Operating Systems are supported?

Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000 are known to work with Wubi. Windows 98 should also work, but has not been thoroughly tested. Windows ME is not supported. Linux is supported through Lubi.

From: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

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