I want to install Ubuntu or any Linux without partitioning or loosing any old files?

I have windows, and it is broken. it tells me i have to put the install disk back in and stuff like that, and i would rather just move onto ubuntu. the problem is, i want to keep all my old files, wich i can still access through the ubuntu live cd feature. oncei install ubuntu, i will not be able to however. is there a way i can install it through live cd without using there installers? like just copying nad pasting the live cd files or something?

2 Responses to I want to install Ubuntu or any Linux without partitioning or loosing any old files?

  1. Stony Stoned

    Ubuntu 8 has an installer that will partition the harddrive to use all the free space on your harddrive but not any that is currently used, you can adjust it by changing the numbers, but if you do it that way, you’ll still have your windows partition on the computer untouched (although its drive will have very little extra space) and you’ll have ubuntu on the 2nd partition able to access the windows folders (which you can then migrate over to ubuntu folders)
    That is really the only way to do it without just using the live disc.
    Hope this helps

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  2. You need a new partition to install the new O/S.

    There are ways to make a new partition without losing any files, but those solutions cost $$$.

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