I'm a newbie - please help!!

i have a partitioned laptop; xp, win7,files+folders etc and a 'spare'. id heard about linux and ubuntu but knew nothing about them. when ubuntu 9.10 came out i downloaded it and burnt it to an iso, no problem. i started to install it on my spare partition. everything was going fine when i was presented with a list of options with \ext3 \ext4 and other things that made no sense to me. i had to spend ages re-surfing to find out what it was all about. finally i installed it on ext4 (i dont know if thats what i was supposed to do) and got it up and running. what was impressive was how really fast web pages came up on firefox. it seemed worth all the pain! but then as i was adding more software i just got fed up of constantly being asked for my password, even worse than uac in win7! i got fed up so i rebooted and expected to get back into windows. imagine my horror at finding xp and win7 gone! there was no boot loader menu, no windows option at all. without panicing i simply put in the win7 disc to repair...but it couldnt do it and after an hour i bit the bullet and reinstalled win7. this allowed my to install easy bcd and i got my xp back too. ubuntu 9.10 has now gone from my laptop and i dont see it returning!

It seems to me that no matter how 'user friendly' ubuntu is supposed to be you do need a certain amount of pre-knowledge before you start. at no point did anyone tell me that id get the ext3 ext4 options and im an experienced computer user. there has to be an 'idiots guide' to this os otherwise it will just remain in the realm of the geek. i wanted to like it i am no fan of bill gates but if it is going to be adopted by more people then it really needs to be much more newbie friendly...so if there is an idiots guide can someone tell me where it is??

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I don't think its a matter of

I don't think its a matter of 'idiots guide' its more a matter of learning curve and motivation to learn.

Even if you buy a new car, it takes time to get used to it, same applies to changing OS. Even though they both work within a computer, they both have their own approaches. Don't expect to buy a book which teaches you everything, it may tells you some tips and tricks, and explain some basic stuff ...best approach to lean is to dive in. Using you're same point, you didn't learn how M$ OS works the moment you found it in front of you.

Good luck,
FiNKu

You are right!

win 7 and XP should of course not disappear!!

I have installed about 25 Linux systems and 5 of them Ubuntu over the last four years and all of them dual boot (with XP) and NEVER has XP disappeared ever!!

This is some new major bug and if it is repeatable it should be fixed immediately.

easy ubuntu

try installing it inside windows at first very easy no risk and learn with no pressure then later try a separate partition. Google wubi it installs as a windows program and gives you option at boot which to use, can access windows files in the host folder. Can uninstall wubi as any other windows program, but you are using Ubuntu with wubi.As it boots up you choose which you want if you don't choose it goes to windows