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Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8 Tutorial 
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Tutorial: Dual Boot Ubuntu 12.04 on Windows 8

So you got a new computer.
It has Windows 8, as retailers mandate.

A couple minutes after using your new computer you realize you don't like Windows 8. Most likely the reason is Metro: A tablet interface on a laptop. That's way too different -- most people prefer simplicity and usability for their computers.

So you have three options:

- Rage at Microsoft for pushing such a incomplete, incapable, ad-ridden OS and file a complaint, in which they will redirect you to Lashawnda, customer support extraordinaire. The resulting conversation drives you to madness, leading to the mutilation of your computer. Then you buy a Macbook. There's $2500 down the drain.

- Pay $200 for windows 7 and spend 6 days trying to backup files and install, then file a complaint for a refund in which you will be prompted to buy the windows repair kit (only 69.99!). The endless metempsychosis of repair and installation results in $3000 wasted.

- Dual boot Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.

The best option? It should be obvious: install a new, simple, usable operating system; namely Ubuntu.

What Ubuntu 12.04 looks like

ubuntu default desktop

Ubuntu is the most popular Linux-based operating system. When people hear the word Linux, they think of command lines and no user interface. But Ubuntu, as you see above, is very pretty and user-friendly.

Well what are you waiting for? Let's install this beautiful, user-friendly, customizable, lightweight, freedom respecting operating system right now.

Step 1: Create a bootable USB drive

Warning: This is a tutorial for Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04. Your computer is most likelt different from my computer: If things go off from the steps provided, use common sense or google.

- I have an HP Pavilion 17 TouchSmart. If you have an HP computer, the process should be almost exactly the same as this tutorial.
- First, Download the official Ubuntu Distribution.

ubuntu website official
- Navigate to the Desktop download page.
- Check your system to see what flavour you need. Newer computers are x64, older are x32.
- You will now download the ubuntu.iso file.
- An .iso file is a file that has the contents of a CD in it.

- Now that you have the essence of Ubuntu upon your hard drive, lets burn it onto a USB drive.
- Prepare an empty USB drive. You will have to wipe everything on it in order to create a bootable USB.
- Burn your ubuntu to your USB drive using pendrivelinux.
- Download the application.
- Launch the application, and find the ubuntu .iso file to burn to the stick. The process is simple, use your common sense.
- You now have a bootable Ubuntu USB stick. Keep the USB in the computer for the following steps.

How the USB burn should look like, according to pendrivelinux:

pen drive linux ubuntu

Step 2: Boot Ubuntu

- NOTE: If you want to create your own partitions for Ubuntu, look up how to do it and do it now, as we are starting the installation process. This is only recommended for advanced users. You can arbitrarily size during Ubuntu installation.

- Swipe from the right / move your mouse to the top right of your screen.
- Go to settings.
- click power.
- Hold Shift and click restart. This will put you in a blue screen: special boot mode. This was an old trick utilized in Windows XP.
- You should be at a blue screen now.

Blue screen looks like this.

special boot screen windows 8

- click Use a Device
- click USB Drive (UEFI)
- Now we will enter our computers boot system. Fortunately, Ubuntu is compliant with the new UEFI firmware interface, so this process is much easier than other Linux system installations.
- (If it says The Selected Boot Device has Failed, just hit enter.)

- You should be at a UEFI screen now, with options like OS Boot manager and Ubuntu. OS boot manager will take you to Windows 8.

UEFI screen looks like this, but with Ubuntu Boot Options.

UEFI boot screen

- Use the arrow keys to navigate to Ubuntu (not safe mode), then hit enter.
- Then you'll get to a purple screen, that looks similar to the UEFI screen.
- Use arrow keys to navigate to Ubuntu again, and hit enter. (again, not safe mode or recovery)
- Now you should see your beautiful Ubuntu Desktop.

Welcome to the Ubuntu!

ubuntu fresh install desktop

Step 3: Installing Ubuntu

- We are currently running on the USB stick's Ubuntu file.
- Now we have to make this OS a functional part of the hard drive.
- The installer is easy though; just follow the directions.
- Launch the installer on your desktop.
- Select your language.

Almost there...

ubuntu install type

- Now you can delete your entire disk and install ubuntu, but this tutorial is about dual booting. We want the functionality of both Windows and Linux.
- Click install Ubuntu alongside them, and it will prompt you to size your partitions for Ubuntu and Windows.

partition disk ubuntu windows

- The one on the right is Ubuntu. I would recommend 20 gigabytes if you are testing it out. I have a 1TB hard drive, and I use Ubuntu often, so I threw 50 gigs on it. Keep in mind you can keep data in another partition: So I recommend 20 - 50 gigabytes to the indecisive.
- Simply drag the line in the middle to size the partitions.
- Continue through some non-technical things as it installs, such as Time zones and basic settings.
- It will install eventually, and finish with no problems.
- Ubuntu is now installed alongside Windows. Congratulations!

Step 4: Switching between Windows and Ubuntu

- Now that we have both operating systems functional, let's learn how to boot from Windows to Linux, and vice versa.
- Let's go to Windows from here. First, shut down your computer.
- If you restart instead of shut down from Ubuntu to Windows, some audio problems may occur, so shut down when you want to go from Ubuntu to Windows.
- When you turn on your computer, Windows will boot. Let's go back to Ubuntu.
- As described in step 2, boot from USB device in the Blue screen.
- If the Selected Boot Device Failed, hit enter.
- UEFI screen. Navigate with arrow keys to Ubuntu, hit enter.
- Purple screen. Navigate with arrow keys to Ubuntu, hit enter.
- And we're back at Ubuntu!

Step 5: Closing Statements

Ubuntu has everything you need, and is very user-friendly. The first time I encountered Linux was when I was a freshman in high school. It was very easy to use, and lots of fun to mess with. Our school had EdUbuntu installed on our Netbooks. I remember how we had a lot of fun customizing our laptops; it eventually became a competition to see who can make the most complicated desktop. We messed with the command line, which lead to programming; and my interest for computers started there with the encounter of Linux.

Linux will teach you a new level of computing. From this simple tutorial, we brushed the concept of disk partitions, and how operating systems work. The command line will give you lots of cognitive exercise and problem solving skills; many who use Linux find it entertaining to use the command line.

Don't like the command line, and simply want to get to work? Ubuntu is a perfectly functional OS melding usability and friendliness. The command line can be sued by the curious and the software center for the working type.

If you need to uninstall Ubuntu, here's the guide.

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