Newbie questions re Ubuntu

I posted a question about how to get started with Ubuntu in the How To forum, but all I've gotten so far is comments about how easy it is. Unfortunately that leaves my questions unanswered, and I really need help. If some kind soul out there could provide this newbie a few answers, I'd sure be most appreciative.
I just want to create a CD or DVD I can boot from when needed, I don't want to install anything under Windows or make any changes to my hard drives. Is that possible? I've gotten the impression that it is, but need help figuring out how to do that.
I went to and typed in Ubuntu in the search window. At the top of the list was a PDF converter which I know I don't need. Next is a link to search, so I clicked on that and got a bewildering 9 pages of different places. So I clicked on one that takes me to . The first thing I see there is a screen talking about replacing my OS. This is precisely what I do NOT want to do! I downloaded a PDF called Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference which tells how to install Ubuntu on your hard drive, but not onto a CD like I want to do.
I've never used anything like this before and I don't have a clue about Ubuntu. It may seem simple to some, but it's bewildering and frightening to me. As I mentioned in my other post, I had some version of Linux wipe out 5 partitions a couple of years ago (it was an Acronis True Image recovery disc), and I want to be very careful not to have that happen again. I hope that's understandable. Now I've gone to and downloaded what is described as the Ubuntu desktop. Is that what I was supposed to download? It's not obvious to a neophite whether it is or not. Anyway I burned the ISO to a CD, and when I put it in the drive, it wanted to run WUBI.EXE and do an install. I've been told I don't have to install it to use it. Then how do I do that? It's certainly not obvious to this newbie. I'm sure if I'd done this hundreds of times, it would seem as "obvious" to me as it does to some, but remember I'm a complete newbie with Ubuntu and very weary of having another 5 partitions wiped out like I did once before.
Much thanks in advance to anyone who can help me answer these questions. I hope I've made my needs clear here. If not I'll be glad to provide any requested info.

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Will a pictorial help?
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Many, many thanks, Bob

I don't know how you manage to be so helpful to so many on so many subjects, but I thank you, I thank you, I thank you. Tell them I said to give you a big raise! Happy

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sorry if I was obnoxious

but you have the option on the disc that you burned to either run to try out or download it as a replacement or share as a partition

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You're somethin' else itsdigger :-)

No hard feelings, itsdigger, but I have to say you're somethin' else. You haven't been smoking any funny stuff have you? Grin

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nope , don't smoke

I don't understand why someone couldn't or wouldn't know (if they did the least little bit of research)why he/she wouldn't even know the most basic questions like can you run a Linux Live CD without installing it on your HDD, after all of the conversations here, so if that makes me sound like I'm smoking something, what does it make you sound like you're doing?

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I was looking for how to get started

with the research like I said in my posts. Thanks to Bob, that's exactly what I got, short and sweet.

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Look into using the WUBI installer, IF you are trying to do a dual boot with Windows, it is the easiest way to go. There are other ways to run/load Linux Ubuntu, it just depends on what you want to use it for. I have used Ubuntu for years as a secondary OS and have one system running dual boot, WIN 7 / Ubuntu which was loaded via the WUBI installer, it has been so for a couple of years and has been flawless.

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WUBI ugg.

For some odd reason I get more questions with WUBI instead of less from new to Linux users.

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And I said at the beginning

that I didn't want to use the WUBI installer anyway. Sad Thank goodness there're people like you, Bob, who can give a quick simple answer to a simple question. Happy

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That may be so but as I said, there are several ways to go about using Linux Ubuntu/Kbuntu, it all depends on what you have in mind. If just as an experimental run, to get the feel of Linux, WUBI installer is very simple to do, you can always uninstall and go the ISO route using CD of FD. It is all a matter of choice. I have used various versions of Linux for quite a few years and have used different installation methods on different systems basically for experimentation purposes, it is interesting and challenging, certainly not as mundane as Windows.

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