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I had a dualboot on my Dell 8400: Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.4. Windows no longer works. I got the blue screen of death, and I can no longer boot into Windows, but I can boot into Ubuntu.

I want to do a clean install of 11.10. I did a sudo update-grub and got this:

Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub
Searching for default file ... found: /boot/grub/default
Testing for an existing GRUB menu.lst file ... found: /boot/grub/menu.lst
Searching for splash image ... none found, skipping ...
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-36-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-35-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-34-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-33-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-32-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-31-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-30-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-29-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-28-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-27-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-26-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-18-generic
Found kernel: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-17-generic
Found kernel: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst ... done

I'm having a hard time loading 11.10 from the CD and wubi.

I get to the installation part. I type in a new username and password and I get an error message

cannot install into C:/ubuntu
there is another file with the same name

I don't mind that Ubuntu takes over the Windows partition, since I wasn't using it anyway.

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this happened to me –  Nate Koppenhaver Dec 16 '11 at 3:50

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Install Ubuntu on the hard disk instead of using Wubi (since you don't use Windows it is better to go for an actual installation).

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Thanks. I'll give it a shot –  weeder Dec 10 '11 at 7:10

As the error log mentions:

Cannot install into C:\ubuntu. there is another file with the same name

Delete the Ubuntu folder before attempting to reinstall. Note that doing this this will lead to your Ubuntu 10.04 boot from hard disk to fail.

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