[ubuntu] what happened to windows?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi all, I have this old laptop of a friend of mine who had abandoned it, it used to ran a windows xp, but didn't do it properly, didnt finish any new program installation, nor got connected to the internet or read most of usb memory sticks.... So I installed Ubuntu 7.04 without previously partition the HDD, as I didnt mean to use windows any more. The first installation trial got wrong, maybe because of the liveCD having some problem...I'm not sure, but it took a couple or three trial to get it installed and running...after the first it did still recognize the (Hardware)