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this is my system:

  • Windows 7 on an SSD
  • Ubuntu Server on a SATA hard drive

I need to remove Ubuntu Server and install Ubuntu Desktop, without causing a fuss.

Any advice?

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the difference between ubuntu server and desktop is primarily the kernel. Install the ubuntu desktop metapackage (or kubuntu... or) if you want a GUI. If you really want, install the 'regular' kernel and uninstall the server kernel. Reboot.

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i would really love a clean install of the desktop –  André Alçada Padez Aug 20 '11 at 23:51
    
in that case, what kind of fuss are you worried about? what specifically are you trying to avoid? –  Journeyman Geek Aug 20 '11 at 23:54
    
maybe i'm making a big fuss myself. so, should i just install ubuntu desktop, select the same HDD, overwrite the server, and everything works fine? –  André Alçada Padez Aug 21 '11 at 0:48
    
yup, assuming the bootloader's installed to the right place, depending on your setup. If you're using windows bootloader and ubuntu's bootloader on seperate partitions, i'd suggest disconnecting the windows HDD to be sure. else, it ought to work fine. –  Journeyman Geek Aug 21 '11 at 3:00
    
so, i went with installing kubuntu. i think i'm alright –  André Alçada Padez Aug 21 '11 at 15:31
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