is one of the most popular operating system in the world.Besides any other OS (Operating System) most of the PC users want to install Linux/Linux
based operating system on their PC.But without a proper guideline, they can’t dual boot Linux
.Or, if they tried to install, they sometime Format their whole Harddisk/Storage.In this tutorial, I will show you dual boot Linux
alongside Windows 10
.You can also use Windows 8/8.1
to follow this tutorial.
Dual Boot Linux Tutorial Requirement
- A PC which has, at least, 1GB or more RAM and can boot with USB
- Minimum 10GB Harddisk storage. 20GB is Recommended
- A 4GB Pendrive/Memory card or any type of flash storage. 8GB is Recommended
- Universal USB Installer software. You can download it by clicking the button below.
- A Linux ISO file.We have used here Ubuntu Linux 14.04.You can also use previous or latest version of Ubuntu.Or can use Linux Mint, Zorin OS, Kodibountu, Fedora etc.Ubuntu 14.04 can be download it by clicking the button below
- A little bit of Brain.
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time: 20-30 Minutes
Step 1: Prepare Pendrive for Installation
- First of all, connect the Pendrive/Memory card to PC. Then open Universal USB Installer.exe and press “I Agree“
- Click on the “Browse” button and select your desired ISO file.We have chosen “ubuntu-14.04.3-desktop-amd64″2. Now, select a Linux operating system name from the list. We have chosen Ubuntu.
- Select the USB drive from drive selection.You can see more than one USB drive here if you connect two or more USB storage.After that click on “Create“
- By clicking create, a dialog box will appear.Press “Yes” to continue the process
Note: You can Format your drive by check the “Format” checkbox. But, Format is not mandatory.Universal USB installer started its process.Wait until the process has completed.
- When the process has completed, a dialogue box will appear.It’s message “Installation Complete, Process is Complete!“.Click the “Close” button.
- You can now see that your USB drive Icon has changed.It proved that the USB Drive is ready for installation.
Step 2: Installing Linux
- Our Pendrive is ready for install Ubuntu Linux. Now restart your PC/Laptop and boot from USB Drive.After booting from Pendrive, the Ubuntu installation screen will appear.So, now click “Continue” for continue installation.
- In this page it showed we need at least 6.6GB Harddisk storage, which is already available.Click “Continue”
- Now, we are in the main point.You see that there is a different type of options on this page.If we use first two option, our Windows or any other installed Ubuntu will be removed.The second option will destroy all of your partitions, format your hard drive and install Ubuntu to your whole drive.We need to dual boot Linux or Ubuntu with exciting Windows operating system.So, select “Something else” and click “Continue“
- You see that there are several partition on our hard drive.We need to format a drive which runs on “Ext4 Filesystem“.Click on your selected partition and click “Change”.A dialogue box will appear.
- First of all, select the desired filesystem type and check the “Format the partition: checkbox.the select the Mount point of the drive.This is very important.If you not select it properly, your Ubuntu/Linux will not boot.So, select the mount point as “/” from drop-down menu and select “OK“
- You see that the partition is formatted as “Ext4 Filesystem“.Click “Install Now” button for continue installation.
Note: We do not choose any “Swap” drive because this is only for temporary dual boot Linux.If you permanently use Ubuntu/Linux, my advice is run ubuntu as a single operating system and then you need the swap drive.
- Select the time zone where are you stay
- Select the default keyboard layout
- Put up your name, Computer Name, User Name, Password and confirmation password
- The installation process has started.Wait Until it completed
- After installation complete, a dialogue box will appear and then press “Restart Now“
- After the restart, the boot menu will appear and you can choose your desired operating system.Such Windows and Ubuntu/Linux.Select Ubuntu and login to your Ubuntu desktop.
This is the ultimate process of dual boot Linux with Windows.Thanks for reading this post.