I'm just posting this up here in case anyone is interested in the existence of this problem, so perhaps they could use their brain to find the solution. It's too late for me.
Today Windows met a violent end. While our relationship has been a bumpy one, we really did care about each other even if we didn't know how to show it.
I've been struggling to install Ubuntu beside my Windows for several days now with no luck. To ensure I kept the OS that I understood how to operate, I wanted to install it on my external (this lead to several reformattings of my external, and therefor deletion of all of the files I was trying to save on it). Finally I gave up and went with the dual install on my hard drive next to Windows option. I left to use the bathroom, and came back to find another install error, and computer blood everywhere. Ubuntu murdered Windows. Whether it was in self defense or not, I don't know. He's claiming the fifth. In any case, my Windows was destroyed. I no longer have Windows.
That being the case, my next attempt to install Ubuntu had one more option than I had before. That was the "delete current OS and be in a mutually exclusive relationship with me" option. I've never picked this one before because I didn't want to lose Windows. My first attempt with this option worked fine. It's installed. A thousand tries to dual boot failed, the first attempt at letting Ubuntu be master succeeded.
So, was Windows refusing to work next to Ubuntu?
Was Ubuntu refusing to work next to Windows?
Was the violent hatred mutual?
Why can Ubuntu only be installed on my system if it is the only OS?
Don't know if you guys will find this technological anomaly interesting or not, but I thought I'd post it in case anyone wanted to solve it and maybe the save life of innocent OSs in the future.
My armor is Contempt. My shield is Disgust. My sword is Hatred.
Respect not pity or weakness, for they are a disease which makes sick the strong