So Just tried both of these wubi: Nice, fast on my box, good 3d acceleration with the nvidia drivers set-up. No issues with synaptic, network, printing, No issues with AV or HIPS getting over excited. Puit 'wubi' and the desktop .iso in a folder on the desktop....stops the web DL and mitigates any HW issues recognising the CD/DVD. One small glitch when following the instructions here https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide The 1st reboot for the install dropped out to a 'busybox' shell message The first solution I tried: go back to Windows and do a proper Shut Down, then restart and boot to Ubuntu was a fix. Ubuntu install went ahead. Very clean process. mint4win: no issues either: all that Minty goodness I do like that Minty OS. Comment: despite the apparent and wonderful utility of these tools (and kudos +++ to the devs) I have found that for me #nix in the VM is more useful. I can be happily pottering along in the VM while XP is in the background and available running my work db. and I can flick back and forth. I know : not the right attitude but works for me. I can have any flavour of #nix in the VM. So to follow through logically I should have XP in the/a VM with a primary multi boot set-up ??: coming soon maybe. Both wubi and mint4win uninstalled flawlessly. Even down to editing the boot.ini file. Just shows what can be done in root If you're interested dont hesitate. Well maybe image first. I have FDISR set-up and ran the installers in a secondary snapshot: no problems with new boot options and FDISR. After uninstall: no problems with FDISR preboot.