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Dual booting Windows and Ubuntu can be a great way to take advantage of the strengths of both operating systems. Windows is widely used for its ease of use and compatibility with many applications, while Ubuntu is popular among developers and those who value open-source software. In this blog, we will guide you through the steps to set up a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu.
Before you begin, make sure to back up any important data on your computer, as the installation process involves partitioning your hard drive, which can result in data loss if not done correctly.
Make sure your computer supports UEFI and that you have a UEFI bootable installation media for Windows. You can download a UEFI-compatible Windows ISO file from the Microsoft website and create a bootable USB drive using a tool like Rufus.
Step 1: Boot from the UEFI installation media
Insert the UEFI bootable USB drive into your computer and restart it. Press the key to enter the boot menu (usually F12 or Del) and select the USB drive as the boot device.
Step 2: Choose the UEFI installation option
When the Windows Setup screen appears, select the language, time and currency format, and keyboard or input method you want to use. Click Next and then click Install Now. On the next screen, select the option to install Windows in UEFI mode.
Step 3: Create a partition for Windows
Follow the prompts to accept the license terms and choose the type of installation you want (Custom or Upgrade). If you choose Custom, you will be prompted to select the partition where you want to install Windows. Click on the unallocated space on your hard drive and click New to create a partition for Windows. Make sure to select the partition type as GPT (GUID Partition Table). Make sure to have 30 GB of free space because we need to install Ubuntu on our system.
Step 4: Complete the installation
Follow the remaining prompts to set up your username, password, and other settings. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer. You should now be able to boot into Windows in UEFI mode.
Now you need to check that your PC is booted in UEFI Mode successfully.
So, Press windows+r and type msinfo32, and press enter.
Step 1: Prepare a bootable USB drive
The first step is to create a bootable USB drive containing the Ubuntu installation files. You can download the Ubuntu ISO file from the official website and use a tool like Rufus or Etcher to create a bootable USB drive.
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Step 2: Create a partition for Ubuntu
The next step is to create a partition on your hard drive for Ubuntu. To do this, open the Disk Management tool in Windows by pressing the Windows key + X and selecting Disk Management from the menu. Right-click on the partition you want to shrink and select Shrink Volume. Specify the amount of space you want to allocate to Ubuntu and click Shrink. We need an unallocated partitioning of more than 10 GB for installing Ubuntu.
Step 3: Boot from the USB drive
Insert the USB drive into your computer and restart it. Press the key to enter the boot menu (usually F12 or Del) and select the USB drive as the boot device.
Step 4: Install Ubuntu
The Ubuntu installer will now start. Select your language and click Install Ubuntu. Follow the prompts to select your time zone, keyboard layout, and network settings. When you reach the Installation type screen, select the option to Install Ubuntu alongside Windows. Choose install Ubuntu alongside bootloader and click Install Now.
Make sure to checkmark install third-party software.
Step 5: Complete the installation
Follow the remaining prompts to set up your username, password, and other settings. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer. You should now see a GRUB menu giving you the option to boot into either Ubuntu or Windows.
Congratulations, you have successfully set up a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu!
Dual booting Windows and Ubuntu can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. By following these simple steps, you can easily install Ubuntu alongside Windows and enjoy the benefits of both operating systems. Just remember to back up your data before you begin and be careful when partitioning your hard drive.
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