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I want to install ubuntu on my PC which is running windows XP right now. I have made my pen drive bootable and have loaded Ubuntu on it. When I insert the pen drive at the time of booting of my PC, nothing happens and windows XP starts normally instead of asking me if I want to boot from my pen drive. Also when, I entered my BIOS setting to change the boot order there was no option of pen drive as a boot device.

Please suggest me a way to install the OS using my already made bootable pen drive. And there's no problem with my pen drive cause I have tried it on my friends PC and it worked normally.

Thanks in advance

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Have you done a cold shutdown, placed the drive in a usb slot, then turned the machine on? Also while booting look for the F options. All of my computers allow me to on the fly choose what to boot with. – MrStatic Jun 26 '10 at 15:57
What BIOS version are you using? – kevininspace Jun 26 '10 at 15:58
why not use wubi? – Ivo Flipse Jun 27 '10 at 12:13
What did you use in creating the bootable USB? Try UnetBootin. If it still fails to boot, try another USB. Or check if your BIOS can really boot with a USB. – Peachy Oct 9 '12 at 7:38
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Check your BIOS bootscreen to see if there's an option to boot from your USB drive right now. For example, for me it's usually been F12. If there is such a menu but your USB key isn't listed then your BIOS might not support booting from it.

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If you can't boot from a USB drive (and have no CD drive, which you didn't say), the methods here will probably work for you:

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Just use wubi, I'm doing it right now on my 2002 dell XP notebook and its so simple.

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I'm not sure if this actually solves the OP's problem. – bwDraco Oct 8 '12 at 4:04
How to use wubi? If OP doesn't know about it for that case you should have to explain it little more. And I don't think this will resolve the problem. – avirk Oct 8 '12 at 5:56

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