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Dual Booting: Part 3 (Installing Ubuntu)

In the previous article, we saw how to install Windows. Now the next step is to install a Linux distro. Unless you are a advanced Linux user, I recommend you to choose Ubuntu. Even better if you choose Linux Mint. They are completely free and available for free download through various media on their websites. We'll see how to install Ubuntu. Installing Linux Mint is basically the same.

Installing Ubuntu

First, you have to download the Ubuntu ISO image from the its website. Then either burn it to a DVD or create a bootable pendrive using Unetbootin. Then boot from the disc or pendrive. Then you'll be given options to Try Ubuntu or Install Ubuntu. So lets choose "Install Ubuntu" and proceed.

In the next step, you can check the boxes to automatically download and install updates and multimedia codecs during the installation process.

The next screen will give you different partition schemes. They may vary according to your condition. For example we had only two options. Generally, the options are,
  1. Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows
  2. Replace Windows 7 with Ubuntu
  3. Use Entire Hard Disk
  4. Something Else
To have more control over our partition scheme, we will choose "Something Else".

The next screen will list all your partitions. You can create, edit, delete and format your partitions here. choose a partition to install Ubuntu. Ensure that the partition has no data on it as we are going to format it.

Select your partition and click change. In the "Use as" field, choose "Ext4 journaling file system". Check the box "Format the partition" and choose "Mount point" as "/". Now click "Ok". Then click "Install Now" to begin installation.

The next screen prompts you to choose the time zone. You can conveniently click on the map to set your time zone.

You'll be asked more information like keyboard layout and username, password etc while the installation continues in the background.

After providing the required information, you'll be presented with a slideshow describing some best aspects of Ubuntu.

After the installation completes, you'll see a "Installation Complete" dialog. Click "Restart Now" to restart your system.

Now after restart, you'll be presented with the GRUB 2 bootmenu listing all your installed operating system. You'll find your previous Window installation at the bottom.

Congratulations, you have set your dual boot configuration successfully. So what's next? Check out the next part.

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