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The Ultimate Guide On Dual Boot Linux With Windows 10

Nowadays, Linux 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 alongside Windows.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 MintZorin OSKodibountuFedora 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
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  • 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.
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  •  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
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  • 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.

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  • When the process has completed, a dialogue box will appear.It’s message “Installation Complete, Process is Complete!“.Click the “Close” button.
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  • You can now see that your USB drive Icon has changed.It proved that the USB Drive is ready for installation.
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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.
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  • In this page it showed we need at least 6.6GB Harddisk storage, which is already available.Click “Continue”
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • You see that the partition is formatted as “Ext4 Filesystem“.Click “Install Now” button for continue installation.
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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
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  • Select the default keyboard layout
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  • Put up your name, Computer Name, User Name, Password and confirmation password
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  • The installation process has started.Wait Until it completed
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  • After installation complete, a dialogue box will appear and then press “Restart Now
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  • 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.

 

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This is the ultimate process of dual boot Linux with Windows.Thanks for reading this post.


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DON’T do this on a UEFI PC, definitely use RUFUS 2.7+ with the UEFI/GPT options for the USB.

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks for your comment Jeff.But, it works well on UEFI.If you download the latest version, it will work properly.And, Rufus is mainly used for installing Windows 8/8.1/10 from USB drive.

Alven
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Alven

I am grateful to your for instruction. I did just the way you said and successfully done but it’s not properly useable. I can not install any of my essential app like chrome. is there any other to follow after installation.

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Definitely,.you can install application from Ubuntu Software center,Synaptic Package Manager,Via Terminal or a stable .deb file.I will describe all of the things to another article soon.

Chrissy Carmichael
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Chrissy Carmichael

Whenever I dual boot from Linux to windows I have to make sure I unplug my internet from the Linux otherwise it won’t work on the windows and honestly if this isn’t some special kind of hell.

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Yes, Chrissy.I agree with you.
Thanks for your comment.

Charlotta Lind
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Charlotta Lind

Hi Asaduzaman Abir, I’m just trying to install a dual-boot Linux Operating System and I have made up my mind on going for Linux but my issue is I have searched google and almost everywhere but couldn’t get a clear picture of; what’s the difference between UBUNTU and LINUX OS.Just don’t want to be confused.

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks for your comment Charlotta Lind.You can read this guide.You will find a clear concept about Linux and Ubuntu.

HOW TO USE LINUX : A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR BEGINNER

Morten Petersen
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Morten Petersen

Whenever I dual boot from Linux to windows I have to make sure I unplug my internet from the Linux otherwise it won’t work on the windows and honestly if this isn’t some special kind of hell.

Asaduzzaman Abir
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I agree with you

Bruna Romano
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Bruna Romano

I have a dual boot with DOS and Ubuntu on my laptop. I cannot use DOS to delete directories created in the root by Ubuntu. I can use a disc editor, but it’s extra work.Can you tell me about a DOS utility that will allow deletion of Linux-created directories?

Smithg240
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Smithg240

I got what you mean, regards for putting up.Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. You must pray that the way be long, full of adventures and experiences. by Constantine Peter Cavafy.

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks for your comment Smithg240.Stay tuned How To Use Linux.

Smithg514
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Smithg514

Valuable information. Fortunate me I discovered your website by chance, and I am surprised why this coincidence didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

Shahed
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Shahed

is this work on win 7 ?

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks For Yor Comment Shahed.Yes, this is works Windows 7 or Later

Jeremy J. Lambert
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Jeremy J. Lambert

I have a question
If I want to dual boot Window with Ubuntu, then can I access window files when I am in Ubuntu?

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks for your comment Jeremy.Yes absolutely you can, but the reverse is not true.You would not be able to access your file from Windows

Brooke Barrett
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Brooke Barrett

Yes. But, if you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, then turn off Fast Boot in Windows, otherwise, you will get weird messages, which actually says, Windows is in Hibernation state, go back and shut down Windows completely to access the partitions.

George Powell
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George Powell

Yes you can access Windows files from Ubuntu but can’t access Ubuntu file from Windows.

Victoria C. Hampton
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Victoria C. Hampton

First, great tutorial! Secondly, I have a problem. I installed Win10 on its own HDD.Then installed Ubuntu on it’s own HDD. But GRUB apparently didn’t install, so I boot straight into Linux. So, from Ubuntu, how can I correct that? Thanks for any help and thanks again for the article!

Brooke Barrett
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Brooke Barrett

Running Windows 8.1 for gaming only and Ubuntu Trusty Tahr for the rest of the known stuff

George Powell
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George Powell

Is it possible to have it the other way ? I mean I bought a Dell with Ubuntu 14.04 and I would like to have later on install a windows OS in parallel ? I mean is it possible to instal windows after ubuntu is already installed ? thanks

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks for your comment George.Yes, but it is a little more complicated with Windows second.When you install Windows it will overwrite Grub making it temporarily impossible to boot into Linux.You have to use a bootable usb utility to fix grub to be able to boot back into Ubuntu.At least that is the way it was when I did it.

Angela D. Murch
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Angela D. Murch

Hello,
Trying to follow your tutorial but got stuck at the first step that is using the bios so that I can boot from the USB. Any suggestions?

Asaduzzaman Abir
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Thanks for your comment Angela.
The way you can boot from USB is by opening BIOS and changing the boot preference to your flash drive. You can open BIOS by pressing F12 or may be different key. You can google that how to open BIOS in your particular laptop or PC. In my laptop, I have a different button for booting into BIOS.Search for you laptop.