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How to Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows (Dual Boot Setup)

Step-by-step procedure to create a dual-boot system with Windows and Ubuntu

Creating a dual-boot PC with Ubuntu 18.04 and Windows is a straight-forward process and lets you access all the potential features of both operating systems. You can access both the OS worlds without any compromise. Ubuntu 18.04 aka Bionic Beaver was released with a lot of changes on the desktop environment. Wondering how to install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10 and lower version? Let’s see the step-by-step procedure in detail.

How to Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows?

Users with Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 can download and use Ubuntu 18.04 along with their pre-installed Windows OS.

Step 1: Backup your Windows

Before installing Ubuntu 18.04, it is important to backup your Windows files. If the installation process messed up in the middle, you can use the backup to restore the files that you lost.

Step 2: Create space on your hard drive to install Ubuntu

After backing your device, you need to create a space of 25GB on your Windows device for Ubunutu installation.

Press ‘Windows‘ key along with ‘R‘ key to open the Run prompt. Type diskmgmt.msc and press the enter key.

Create a partition space for ubuntu

The disk management of your device will appear on the screen. Right-click on the partition which you want to shrink for Ubuntu installation. Select Shrink Volume.

Create a partition space for ubuntu

Now, enter the volume in MB and select Shrink. As we said earlier, you need 25GB of space for ubuntu. Hence, enter 25000.

Create a partition space for ubuntu

Within a few minutes, a new partition with the above-mentioned size will be created on your Windows device.

Step 3: Create a bootable USB or DVD

Open a web browser and download the ISO file for Ubuntu 18.04.

After downloading the iso file, boot your USB device with the help of Universal USB Installer or Rufus.

  • Launch the Universal USB Installer
  • From the first drop-down menu, select Ubuntu.
  • Click Browse and select the iso file that you downloaded.
  • Enable Show all Drives and choose your USB drive.
  • Tap Create.
Create a bootable USB drive

To create a bootable DVD,

  • Insert an empty DVD on your device.
  • Right-click the downloaded file.
  • Select Burn Disc Image.

Step 4: Install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows 10/8.1/8/7

After creating the bootable USB or DVD, insert it on your Windows machine and then restart the device. While restart, press the bootable key (F2 or F12 or F10 or Esc) to enter the BIOS setup screen. Now, look for the boot order tab and change it to boot the DVD or USB drive.

Once you have booted in the live USB or DVD, you will have the option to try or install the Ubuntu OS. Navigate to Install Ubuntu and press the enter key.

Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows

Select a language for your Keyboard layout and press Continue.

Dual Boot Ubuntu with Linux

Select what type of apps you want to install and press the Continue button.

  • Choose Normal installation for default software only.
  • Select Minimal Installation to install only a web browser and a few basic software.
Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10

Select Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10 (the number will vary on other Windows OS versions) and press the Install Now button.

Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10

Now, a pop-up listing the changes to your partition will appear on the screen. Select Continue to proceed further. If you have selected Something Else menu in the above step, you need to divide the partition manually.

Dual Boot Ubuntu with Windows

After diving the partition, use the on-screen map to pick your current location.

Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows

Create a desktop profile by entering the details like name, computer name, username and password. After entering those details, select whether you want to log in automatically or with a password. Finally, press Continue.

Install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows

The Ubuntu Operating system will install on your PC. The process will table some time to complete.

Dual boot Ubuntu with Windows

Step 5: Restart your computer

After installation, select Restart Now to reboot your computer. Remove the DVD or USB device that you inserted on your device.

Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows

A menu with options for Windows and Ubuntu will appear on the screen. Select Windows first and make sure that all the files are safe. Again, reboot your device and select Ubuntu to run the Ubuntu Operating system.

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Our Opinion

That’s it. This is how you have to create a dual-booting system with Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Ubuntu Linux OS. The latest version of Ubuntu supports NTFS filesystems. Hence, you can access Windows partitions easily on Ubuntu 18.04.

Our guide on dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 10 and other version ends here. We hope the guide is very easy to follow. Do share your queries and feedback in the comments section. For regular updates, follow our Facebook and Twitter profiles.

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