We introduced you to the free Linux Ubuntu operating system and described how you could replace Windows XP with Ubuntu in previous articles. In this article we’re going to check out the option of running a dual boot with Windows. This is an especially good option for XP users who don’t want to replace the operating system. Once you download and install Ubuntu, you can take XP offline, where it will be safe from security threats.
Now we’re going to look at how you can run a dual boot of Windows and Linux Ubuntu in just four easy steps. What helps simplify the process is Wubi, an officially supported Windows installer for Ubuntu.
Download Wubi from official page :
You’ll have the option to make a donation towards supporting Ubuntu. You can offer a contribution or just go on with your download, it’s totally voluntary.
Once Wubi is successfully downloaded, we can move on.
Open up Wubi and start the installation.
i) Click on “run”.
ii) Click on continue, if you get a permission window.
In this step we will complete filling out the information required to start the Ubuntu OS download process.
i) Select the drive where you wish to install Ubuntu (Select a drive with ample amount of space for Ubuntu to work smoothly).
ii) Select your desired language.
iv) Now the part “Installation size” requires you to provide the amount of space that you want to allocate to Ubuntu. It creates a partition for Ubuntu similar to Window’s safe partition. I would suggest to allocate at least 10Gb of space to install apps and games.
v) Enter your desired username.
vi) Next comes the choice of Ubuntu Environment also known as Ubuntu flavors, these are official derivatives of Ubuntu. You can opt for derivatives like Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu and etc. But as this guide refers to Ubuntu installation, choose Ubuntu as the desired desktop environment.
vii) Type in your password and retype it for confirmation.
That’s really all there is to having both systems installed. When you start up the computer, you’ll be given the choice of operating systems between Windows and Ubuntu. If you have a Windows XP computer, we advise going the extra step to take XP off-line and using Ubuntu exclusively for going online and e-mail. Click here to learn how that works.