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Dual-Booting Ubuntu on Windows

Introduction
Ubuntu is Operating System (OS) like Windows which is an essential
software to run a computer. Personal computers in the market usually
come with one OS installed, where OSX and Windows are the most
common among tons of OS. Each of them have their own pros and cons
which can suit different users accordingly. For people who want to use the
strength of each OS, this guide will show you how to do a multi-booting: a
computer equipped with more than one OS. So, you dont need to get a
new computer or uninstall your previous OS just to explore another a new
computing environment.

This instruction set will guide you through the process of dual-booting
Ubuntu on a computer already equipped with Windows.

Requirements
1) A computer with Windows OS installed with following specifications:
a) 10 Gigabyte (GB) of free disk space or more.
b) 4 GB of RAM or more.

2) A USB flash drive containing Ubuntu OS.

Warning: Make a backup of your current system


before proceeding.
Time needed
The installation process should take one hour if no troubleshooting is
needed.

Installing Ubuntu Step-By-Step Instructions


1) Plug-in the USB flash drive to any USB port on your computer.

2) Restart or turn on your computer. Press F2 repeatedly while the


computer is booting until you enter the BIOS setup (Figure 1).

Feedback: Depending on the make and model of your computer


the key pressed can be F8, F10 or F12.

Figure 1 BIOS setup menu

3) In the BIOS setup menu, use the arrow key on your keyboard to move
the highlight to your USB flash drive. Then press Enter key to select it.

Feedback: Boot menu also depends on your computer make and


model.
4) After the Installer boot menu (Figure 2) appear select Install Ubuntu on
a Hard Disk and press Enter.

Figure 2 Installer boot menu

5) Choose your preferred language from the list and click Continue.

6) The next step is to choose whether you want to be connected to the


internet while the installation is in progress. Select the option I dont
want to connect to a wi-fi network right now. Then, click Continue.

Feedback: If you choose to be connected to the internet the installation


process will take longer (depending on your internet speed)
because it will download updates too.
7) The next step is a checklist (Figure 3) to confirm you have the minimum
requirements and the internet settings that you want. If everything is set
correctly click Continue.

Figure 3 Installation checklist

8) At the screen shown in Figure 4 below, select Something else then


click Continue.

Figure 4 Installation method selection menu


9) On the screen shown in Figure 5 select free space that have the largest
available size and click + (marked in Figure 5). After a Create partition
appear on screen, proceed to step 10.

Figure 5 Partition location selection


10) Refer Figure 6 and instructions below for this step. This will create the
ROOT partition for the Ubuntu OS.
i) Set the size for the partition. I would recommend 10 GB (approximately
10000 MB) as the minimum size.
Note: Larger size will leave enough room for growth.
ii) Choose the Logical partition type.
iii) Choose Beginning of this space as the location.
iv) At the Use As dropdown menu select Ext4 journaling file system.
v) Next, choose / as the mount point and click OK.

Figure 6 Creating ROOT partition

11) On the screen shown in Figure 5 (below Step 9) select free space
that have the largest available size and click + (marked in Figure 5).
After a Create partition appear on screen, proceed to step 12.
12) Refer Figure 7 and instructions below for this step. This will create the
HOME partition where documents, music, videos, photos.
i) Set the size to the maximum available space.
ii) Select Primary as the type of the partition.
iii) Choose Beginning of this space as the location.
iv) At Use As dropdown menu select Ext4 journaling file system.
v) Next, choose /home as the mount point and click OK.

Figure 7 Creating HOME partition


13) Click Install Now after finishing all the step above. A warning
message (Figure 8) will appear stating that partitions are about to be
created.

Figure 3 Warning message

14) Choose your time zone by clicking your location on the map
provided and click Continue.

15) Next, you need to choose your keyboard layout by clicking Detect
Keyboard Layout which will determine your keyboard layout
automatically. Click Continue after the layout has been picked.
16) Create a default user for Ubuntu by filling all your information in the
same form as shown below. After youre done with that click Continue.

Figure 4 Creating default user

17) After some file copying is done the installation is almost complete.
Restart your computer and remove the USB drive.

18) A boot menu should appear after restarting your computer. Choose
Ubuntu from the menu to boot with Ubuntu. The installation is now
complete.