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Wubi.7.04.4.exe, Dual Boot?

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I installed a Linux OS on my non-boot drive, different from by windows boot drive.  It is on a 200x2 SATA drive.  The new OS is KUBUNTU v.7.04.4.  A brand new way to install this without a disk, downloaded right from the internet is as an iso called "WUBI", then opening the iso and installing it from/with a self contained .exe file.   It is supposed to be on a 15GB virtual drive which was created on The SATA.  I also have Windows Virtual PC (.exe) on my PC in a folder, but not installed, however that is for another day.  Anyway, Herein lies my question/problem.

When I boot up, I am now given the option of WinXP or Kubuntu. I am so far, afraid to click on the Ubuntu.  Windows appears to be functioning well.  I have done many tests and all seems good.  What will happen after I boot into Ubuntu?  Will my windows ever be available to me again?  Will I still be given that choice at each boot?  Will Ubuntu keep on being the default OS, if I use it once?  I am afraid to proceed because I might not be able to ever boot back into windows.  Will it be OK to fool around with the new OS until I am ready to go back to windows?  WILL THERE BE ANY CONSEQUENCES if I do?  I am afraid Widows will dissappear from the boot options during POST, once I use Kubuntu.

The bottom line is I want to have a little fun and learn about Linux/Ubuntu/Kubuntu, but am afraid of possible repercussions to my Windows installation on the other Hard drive.  I have never done a dual-boot. I barely know the term. This is not for the faint of heart. Can anyone offer some advice on how to proceed?

Thank you so much , in advance.


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