5 Best Ways to Use Linux inside Windows OS

Linux is one of the most powerful operating systems available today. It is so because it provides numerous applications that give amazing functionality which windows software can not simply do , but we all have our own reasons to use windows as our main operating system.  But how if you get to run the Linux application on your windows OS ? Several Tricks for using Linux applications on windows.

5 Best Ways to Use Linux inside windows OS

1. Wubi

Wubi is an official installer for Windows users that allows Ubuntu to be installed and uninstalled in a safe, easy way as any other Windows application. Wubi installs the latest stable release of Ubuntu on your Windows system. Wubi does not work on any new PC with the Windows 8 logo or using UEFI firmware.Use a 64-bit version of Ubuntu, installed directly to its own partition instead.

Downloading and Installation of Wubi :

  • Download Wubi from the Ubuntu Windows Installer Download page; this will provide you with the latest version.
  • You can download other versions of the Ubuntu from pages on releases.ubuntu.com look for wubi.exe at the bottom of the page.

Installation :

  1. Run Wubi.
  2. Insert a password for the new account, adjust the disc space and click on ”install” button
  3. The installation process from this point on is fully automatic.
  4. The installation files (approximately 700MB) will be downloaded and checked.
  5. Now you will be asked to reboot your system.
  6. Do so and select Ubuntu at the boot screen. The installation will continue for more 10 to 15 minutes and the system will reboot again.
  7. Now select Ubuntu at the boot screen and start using it.

2. Cygwin

Cygwin provides many tools that give look and feeling of Linux system interface on your windows machine.

Downloading and Installation of Cygwin :

I. For 32-bit versions of Windows:

Run setup-x86.exe of Cygwin package for 32-bit windows. The signature for setup-x86.exe can be used to verify the validity of this binary using this public key.

II. For 64-bit versions of Windows:

Run setup-x86_64.exe of Cygwin package for 64-bit windows. The signature for setup-x86_64.exe can be used to verify the validity of binary using this public key.

  1. On the first time, setup.exe does not install every package only base packages of Cygwin distribution will be installed.
  2. You can control what you want to install by Clicking on categories and packages in the setup.exe.
  3. If you Click on “Default” field next to the “All” category, it will install every Cygwin package but this could be of hundreds of MBs.

I recommend you to select only those Packages which you actually need.

3. Ulteo Virtual Desktop

 Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is an Open Source virtual desktop. It works in both a Windows and Linux environment. By using Virtual Desktop, you just have to run the application you wish to use from the Ulteo panel and its window will seem like any other Windows application.  The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is very easy and fast to install.

Here I am providing you with the link to its official site.

Follow the steps and get installation in a few minutes only.

  1. Download The Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop.
  2. Read the Installation Guide and follow instructions to complete an installation.

4. AndLinux

AndLinux is a Ubuntu Linux operating system that can run on Windows based systems i.e. 2000, XP, 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7( 32-bit versions only). AndLinux uses coLinux as its core which is confuses many people. coLinux is a port of the Linux kernel on Windows. This is like running Linux in a virtual machine. AndLinux is not just for development and it runs almost all Linux applications without any need of modification.

Downloading and Installation of AndLinux:

  • There are instructions given at the official website along with the screen shots about Installation .
  • You can Download AndLinux Latest Version From Here.
  • After installation completes you will get some right-click context menus in Windows to open files in Linux applications.

5. By Installing Linux Virtually

 You can also install a complete version of Linux on your windows operating system by using software like Vmware ,Virtual Box , Xen Hypervisor , QEMU etc. The best part is that all of above are freeware and are easily available on the internet. These allow you to install any of the Linux version on your machine without any need to Uninstall your previous OS.
  • You can simply power on and power off Linux whenever you need while using windows.
  • The advantage of using such virtual software is that it doesn’t require a fixed space for an operating system in your system’s memory , either in RAM or HDD.
  • It is loaded only when it is running while rest of the time it is kept out of memory.