Installing Ubuntu on a Windows machine was a headache in the past by having to create a new partition and working out how to create a bootable USB to install the setup files for the operating system. I was reading about how to install the latest version of Ubuntu and felt overwhelmed by the task in hand, due to the issues I had in the past.
Thankfully, times have changed now and I’ve documented the process below to how I created a dual boot for my Windows 10 machine with Ubuntu 18.04.
I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu onto my Windows based machine and downloaded the following application Unetbootin. I was able to create a bootable USB with the contents of the ISO being loaded onto the USB. The perks of having a USB allows you to do the following –
- Install or upgrade Ubuntu.
- Test out the Ubuntu desktop experience without touching your PC configuration.
- Boot into Ubuntu on a borrowed machine or from an internet cafe.
- Use tools installed by default on the USB stick to repair or fix a broken configuration.
I then restarted my machine and pressed F12 to get into the bios to install the operating system. In the past, I would have needed to create a partition by restarting the machine and going through some bios hoops, but in this version (possibly some previous versions too), allowed me to create the partition during installation. There is also an option to overwrite your existing operating system but I would never recommend you to take that approach!
During the installation phase, I was asked to create a user and enter password, as well as selecting a time region; you also have the option to connect to the wireless internet during this phase.
When I restarted the machine I was given the option to load Windows or Ubuntu so this was useful as before we’d have to click F12 like a maniac for the dual boot option to appear.
This installation setup feels so much more better than having to create a partition in Windows using the bios with the fear of something going wrong. I believe having this method of installation will mean that less people will worry about the installation going wrong and by overwriting the original Windows partition. I’ve not used the new version as much yet, but I do like the new GUI.
Hopefully someone finds this useful as a lot of tutorials online still mention the older method to install the operating system.