Dual booting Windows and Ubuntu has been a peril to most of friends for a long time. Probably why Ubuntu (and other Linux distributions) have provided a simple option during installation: “Install alongside Windows #.”
How do you even get there? Here is a simple guide of installing Ubuntu 14 on Windows 7. Not tested on versions prior to Ubuntu 14 but should work!
- Download the latest Ubuntu for Desktop for installation. Here you would get help on burning to DVD or using USB stick or drive to install Ubuntu.
- Before we start, backup all your documents, pictures, music and other data media, on an external storage medium (DVD, external hard disk, flash memory stick).
- This is optional so you can skip. For an Advanced User, create a clean unformatted partition where you will install Ubuntu with a minimum space of 20GB, using Disk Management (search in Control Panel).
- Shutdown Windows and boot from the Ubuntu Live CD on the boot from CD or DVD…. prompt. Have your internet connected (if available) for updates during installation.
- Choose Try Ubuntu without installing from the boot menu. In the trial (live) session you can find out if all the hardware works like it should. Note: in the live session Ubuntu functions much slower than usual!
- Start the installation by clicking the Install desktop shortcut. If you would like to install the updates during the installation process, make sure you have connected your computer to the internet and check Download updates while installing and also Installing the third-party software to download the drivers and codec plugins required for audio and video.
- Check the Installation Ubuntu alongside Windows so that your Windows will be safe and click Continue.
- Next screen if you are asked for the partition resizing options, decide the partition size. Recommended you provide at least 20GB of space to Ubuntu.
- Choose your location for setting up default time of your locale.
- Choose your preferred language and the keyboard layout you would use.
- Enter your user name and login password. Click Continue and wait for installation to finish and click Restart Now when prompted.
- On booting choose Windows in the dual boot menu, to allow Windows adjust its files and configuration to the new changes. You’ll maybe see a blue screen with white letters, informing you that Windows is checking the hard disk and “repairing” it.
- Let it finish and follow the prompts until you Reboot.
- Excellent. You have successfully created a dual boot Ubuntu on Windows.
Note: For Windows 8/8.1 you would have to disable several features before installing Ubuntu.