Although, I’ll recommend you completely switch to Ubuntu or any other GNU/Linux basd Operating System. However, to start with, you may try Ubuntu by installing it alongside Windows. This article has been contributed by my good friend Naveen.
Installing Ubuntu on windows platform is an easy task- it is similar to running an executable (.exe) file on windows.
You will need a tool called Wubi installer, which you will find in Ubuntu live CD or DVD. This will help you in installing Ubuntu on windows Machine.
What is Wubi?
Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. This installer allows you to install Ubuntu onto a virtual disk, within your Windows installation, so you don’t have to worry about setting aside dedicated hard disk space to install Ubuntu.You can read more about Wubi from the following link.
Insert DVD in your optical drive, open it, you will see following contents.
When you click on the Wubi installer icon you will find a small window with 3 options.
- Demo and full installation
- Install inside Windows
- Learn more
When click on Demo and full installation button you will be directed to the following screen
If you want to run live CD you can reboot and have the look and feel of Ubuntu.
When you click on the second button “Install inside Windows” you will be installing Ubuntu and you will be directed to next window
- Installation drive- You need to select Installation drive, that is, in which drive you want to install.
- Installation size- Minimum space recommended is 4GB.
- Language- Select Your Language.
- Username- Your desired user name
- Password- Password of your wish.
The windows installer offers accessibility options to the user. The accessibility options that are available are the same as what is available from the live CD boot menu, which means you can set up the windows installer, and choose the accessibility profile you want. During the install, and on the final installed system, accessibility will be enabled according to the settings of the accessibility profile you have chosen. You will get more details about accessibility from the following link.
Then when your click on install button the process starts and you should see following screens.
When installation process completes a new window will appear asking for reboot.
If you plan to reboot it later you can select the second option, if at all you want to start working on Ubuntu just select reboot.
When system reboots you will see a startup list screen
Select Ubuntu and you can see Ubuntu login screen..
Congrats, now you have installed Ubuntu on Windows, explore things and try to find out new things.
If at all you find difficulty in installing it feel free to ask your queries and give feedback using comment form here. We will try our best to answer your questions.