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Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10- Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows- Clear Steps

Step by Step Tutorial with clear Images to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10

Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10

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nstall Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10: This is always an interesting topic and one of the most required essentials when you are both a Windows as well as a Linux Lover. Some people like Windows and some does Linux and they always stick to their favorite Operating system. Dual Booting Stands out of this because it allows users to try or use both Windows as well as Linux or any other Operating Systems. There are a number of Linux Distributions and However, Ubuntu is one of the famous and most Linux Distros. On the other hand, Windows 10 is one of the Latest and Successful Operating systems from Microsoft. How about installing the famous Linux Distro and the successful Windows OS? In this article, we will see How to Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 using simple and clear steps.

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How Difficult it is to make Dual Boot with Linux and Windows?

By default, when we are trying to make the dual boot, we always feel tough and as well a bit scared. But it is not the case, practically making a dual boot with Windows and Linux is a much simpler process. Windows uses FAT and NTFS file systems while Linux uses a number of file systems and both of them follows different Tree Structure for Directories. Though both of these Operating systems are different, it is possible to run them on a single system sharing the Hardware. Please follow the below steps and Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 easily.

Hardware Requirement for Installing Ubuntu:

Processor2GHz Dual Core or Better
RAM4GB Memory or more
Hard DiskAt least 25 GB Hard Disk

The above is the hardware requirement for installing Ubuntu alone. However, to make Dual Booting, Kindly make sure you have better hardware than above for the best performance after Dual Booting.

Prerequisites Before Starting the Process:

Friends, Installing Ubuntu alongside is totally a simple and hassle-free process. Carefully follow the below steps without skipping.

The following are the required hardware and software resources to carry out the process.

1. USB StickAt least of Capacity 4GB
2. Ubuntu iso file    Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS or Ubuntu19.04(Based on your Requirement)
3. USB Burning ToolRufus or balenaEtcher
4. Hard DiskUnallocated Space on the Hard Disk

2. Download Ubuntu iso file from Official Ubuntu:

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Fan-made Ubuntu Disco Dingo Wall Paper                                                                               Credits: Sylvia Ritter

Firstly make sure whether you want to proceed with Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS or Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo. Both of them are the Latest Ubuntu Distros whereas, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS is a Long Term Support version but Ubuntu 19.04 get maximum support of one year only from the date of its release. To keep things simple, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS gets Stable updates and support from Official Canonical for a long time whereas Ubuntu 19.04 gets it for a shorter time. Choose accordingly.

Note: If you have a 64-bit system, then proceed with amd64.iso version and if you having a 32-bit system then Kindly proceed with i386.iso file. Don’t worry about AMD and intel processors names on the iso files.

3. USB Burning Tool- Creating Ubuntu Bootable USB using Rufus on Windows 10:

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Rufus on Windows 10

Now that we got our iso file, it is time to burn that file to the USB Stick. We will use Rufus as USB Burning Tool. We will carry out this process on Windows 10 operating system.

We have a detailed article on creating Bootable Ubuntu USB using Rufus. Kindly refer to them to make your USB, a Bootable Ubuntu USB. Create Ubuntu Bootable USB using Rufus on Windows 10

4. Create Unallocated Space on the Hard Disk on Windows 10:

Note: Make sure to take a back up of all your Important files of Windows 10 before initiating the Dual Booting Process
  • open Run Command box using Win Key + R and search for as follows
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    Run diskmgmt.msc
    diskmgmt.msc
  • Disk Management will open now.
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    Disk Management on Windows 10
  • Right-click on the Volume that you wish to Shrink Space and make space for Ubuntu and select Shrink Volume.
  • After Querying Shrink Space, specify(in MB) how much amount you want to shrink(make free) from the concern Volume and finally click Shrink.
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    Shrink the required Volume and create unallocated
  • After Shrinking, you can find the space gone unallocated and will be represented with Black Shade. Repeat the same Shrink Process on other Volumes if you wish to make more space.
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    Unallocated Space(Black shade)
  • Now we have created the Unallocated Space on the Hard disk which we will use later for installing Ubuntu.

Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 10- Clear and Simple:

We got everything we wanted to initiate the “Installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 10” Process. Now, its time for our main task. Follow each step carefully.

  1. Insert your USB Stick(Bootable Ubuntu USB that we have created in the above step) and turn on the system.
  2. Get to the Boot menu. Different systems follow different keys such as F2, F8, F10, and F12. You can find them on the BIOS Menu or UEFI Menu.
  3. You will find your USB on the Boot menu.  Without going much into BIOS(Legacy) or UEFI, Choose your USB listed with UEFI. All modern-day systems follow UEFI Mode. Refer to the following image.
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    Select UEFI USB
  4. Now Ubuntu will load from your USB Stick.
  5. You will be presented with a number of options such as Install Ubuntu, Try Ubuntu without Installing more. Select “Install Ubuntu
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    Install Ubuntu
  6. The first step is to choose the System Language(Welcome). Choose your Language and click Continue. I am going with English.
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    Select Language
  7. Nextly, we need to specify the Keyboard layout. Please choose your Keyboard layout accordingly and click Continue. I am choosing English US.
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    Choose Keyboard Layout
  8. Next step is the Internet Connection(Wireless). If you wish to connect to your Wifi during the installation process, then you can use Connect to Network option and then connect your PC to your Wifi. Click Continue.
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    Connect to Wireless
    Note: Wired Connection users will automatically be connected to the internet by default.
  9. Updates and other software” is the next step. Choose Normal Installation and Click Continue.
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    Normal Installation
    Note: Choosing “Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-fi hardware and additional media formats” will install those software and it will extend the time of the installation process. “It is recommended to check the Install Third-party software option
  10. Now is the Installation type. This is the crucial point where we have to start our Dual Booting process. Select Something else as shown in the below image and click Continue.
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    Something else
  11. The process is very simple. We need to specify root(/), swap and home partitions. We created an unallocated space on Hard Disk on Windows 10 on the first step. That unallocated space is referred to as Free space here.
  12. Click on the Free space with the specified unallocated space and then click on the Plus(+) symbol.
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    Click on + Symbol of Free space
  13. Create partition will pop-up. Firstly, we will specify the root(/) partition. it is always recommended to give clear 40GB of space for the root partition. If you have a Higher hard disk, then you can give much more for the root partition. Specify the size in MB, Choose Type of Partition as Logical and drop-down the Mounting point option and select root(/).
    Assistance: GB to MB Converter– Use our Converter Tool to get instant Values 
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    Configure Root Partition
  14. Finally, Click OK. Refer to the following image.
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    Click OK
  15. Root Partition will now be created and it will take some time. Kindly wait.
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    Root partition is created
  16. Once it is completed then it is time to create a swap area. When Ubuntu runs out of memory, then swap will come into action and help Ubuntu running tasks. However, RAM processes in nanoseconds whereas swap(Hard disk) processes in milliseconds and hence swap is not an effective replacement for RAM rather a little help for the Ubuntu to carry out the processes.
    Facts: There is no definite swap size specified by Ubuntu. However, it is recommended to use half of the RAM size as swap area. If your system has 8GB RAM then 4GB of Swap Area is recommended
  17. Select Free space again(you can find that the free space is reduced after the root partition) and click on the Plus(+) symbol.
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    Click on + Symbol on Ubuntu
  18. Again, Create Partition will pop-up. Now, we will specify the Swap area. Specify the Swap size in MB and keep “Type for the new partition” as Logical. Drop down the “Use as” option and select swap area from the list.
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    Configure swap area
  19. Finally, Click OK.
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    Finally, Click OK
  20. Now your swap area will be created.
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    swap area is created
  21. For one last time, Click on the Free space again and Select Plus(+) symbol.
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    Click on Plus(+) symbol of Free space
  22. Now, we will specify the Home partition. This is where all your files will be stored. Downloads, Pictures, Documents and more.
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    Configure Home Partition
  23. Specify the Home partition size in MB and keep “Type for the New partition” as Logical and dropdown the Mounting Point and select /home from the list.
  24. Finally, Click OK.
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    OK
  25. Now, you can see all the three root(/), swap and /home has been created.
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    root, home, swap partitions are created
  26. Finally, Choose Install Now.
    Finally, Choose Install Now.
    Install Now
  27. A pop-up will appear saying “Write the changes to disks?“. It will list all the three root(/), swap, /home that we have created now. Click on Continue.
    Note: If you are facing Error Boot Loader Code at this point, then use our troubleshoot and Fix Boot Loader Error Code
    Finally, Choose Install Now.
    Continue
  28. That’s it, Friends. we completed all the crucial steps.
  29. Select your Time Zone and click Continue.
    Finally, Choose Install Now.
    Select Time Zone
  30. Specify the Username, Computer name, and Password and click Continue.
    Finally, Choose Install Now.
    Username and Password
  31. Welcome to Ubuntu“. Everything is done from our side. It will take from 15 minutes to 40 minutes depending on the system. Kindly wait.
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    Welcome to Ubuntu
  32. Finally, after the installation, you will be prompted to Restart. Click on Restart Now.
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    Restart Now
  33. During the Boot, you will be presented with Choosing the Operating system. Choose Ubuntu to load Ubuntu Operating system. Choose Windows Boot manager to load Windows 10.
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    Load Ubuntu after Restart

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