Wubi, Ubuntu installer, has a weird behavior

9 Aug 2012

My friend downloaded Wubi.exe from the Ubuntu website, then installed it normally.

It turns out that Wubi installed the 64-bit version of Ubuntu into her laptop, while her laptop has 32-bit CPU.

WTF? FTW??? (Apologize to Wubi team, Wubi is actually a great tool… but this behaviour is just FTW..)

If you are planning to use Wubi, please make sure it installs the right version of Ubuntu.

Wubi installs the 64-bit version of Ubuntu by default, regardless of your CPU…

Here is how you can force Wubi to install the 32-bit version of Ubuntu instead:

From Wubi Guide

To modify arguments, right-click Wubi.exe and select "Create Shortcut". Then right-click the shortcut, select Properties, and modify the Target line, for example: "C:\Documents and Settings\Desktop\wubi.exe" --32bit


Download 32bit ISO and place it in the same folder as Wubi.exe


Just do both of them…