On my Ubuntu 10.04 system, I can’t run Windows Update. I’ve tried
everything. I have a Dell Inspiron 531. My mate told me that Linux is for
nerds. Can you shed some light on this?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #8, I discuss who can use Ubuntu and how and why Linux software
cannot run Windows programs, particularly Windows Update.
Well, let’s see. First, we’ll start with the derogatory statement: Linux is not necessarily for nerds. I know a lot of people are using and using it successfully.
On the other hand, the nerd quotient does seem to be somewhat higher in the Linux world, and I don’t mean that as an offense at all; I consider myself among them.
Different operating systems
The problem here is that Ubuntu doesn’t run Windows. Windows software is not intended to run on Ubuntu and Ubuntu was not designed to run Windows software.
Windows Update is all about updating Windows or updating Windows applications.
The short answer is, “Of course it won’t work because it’s not intended to work.”
You’re trying to do something that is not part of what Ubuntu is all about. To be honest, I’m not sure what it is you’re attempting to accomplish by trying to run Windows Update under Ubuntu.
Update Ubuntu with Ubuntu Update
Ubuntu has its own update system that actually works very well and keeps the system itself and all of the applications you install on Ubuntu up to date.
So, no, you can’t run Windows Update because Ubuntu isn’t Windows.