Tuesday, 5 July 2016

How to Install Ubuntu 16.04 Alongside With Windows 10 or 8 in Dual-Boot

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) has been released in wild by Canonical with a life circle of 5 years support.

This tutorial will guide you on how you can perform the installation of Ubuntu 16.04 in dual-boot with a Microsoft Operating System on machines that come pre-installed with Windows 10.

Note: In case your hardware uses UEFI then you should modify the EFI settings and disable Secure Boot feature.

Download Ubuntu 16.04 ISO Image as per your system architecture using following link:

Step 1: Prepare Windows Machine for Dual-Boot

The first thing you need to take care is to create a free space on the computer hard disk in case the system is installed on a single partition.

1. Login to your Windows machine with an administrative account and right click on the Start Menu -> Command Prompt (Admin) in order to enter Windows Command Line.

2. Once in CLI, type diskmgmt.msc on prompt and the Disk Management utility should open. From here, right click on a partition and select Shrink Volume in order to resize the partition.

3. On Shrink dialog enter a value on space to shrink in MB (use at least 20000 MB depending on the partition size) and hit Shrink to start partition resize as illustrated below (the value of space shrink from below image is lower and only used for demonstration purposes).

Note: You will not be able to shrink a partition completely if it has files that cannot be moved. Usually the one that has an OS installed

4. Once the space has been resized you will see a new unallocated space on the hard drive. Leave it as default. You should see un-allocated space as below in black

Step 2: Install Ubuntu 16.04 with Windows Dual-Boot

5. Now it’s time to install Ubuntu 16.04. Go the download link from the topic description and grab Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 ISO image.
Burn the image to a DVD or create a bootable USB stick using a utility such as Universal USB Installer (BIOS compatible) or Rufus (UEFI compatible).

6. Place the USB stick or DVD in the appropriate drive, reboot the machine and instruct the BIOS/UEFI to boot-up from the DVD/USB by pressing a special function key (usually F12, F10 or F2 depending on the vendor specifications).

7. Once the media boot-up a new grub screen should appear on your monitor. From the menu select Install Ubuntu and hit Enter to continue.

8. After the boot media finishes loading into RAM you will end-up with a completely functional Ubuntu system running in live-mode.
On the Launcher hit on the second icon from top, Install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and the installer utility will start.

9. Now it’s time to select an Installation Type. You can choose to Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager, option that will automatically take care of all the partition steps.

Note: If you don't see "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows" option it might be an issue with the partition. I first shrink my partition but it did not worked so I had to delete the whole partition after taking backup of all the data and then this option appeared.

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Just follow the instructions and you will have Ubuntu installed in no time alongside Windows 10

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