Install Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop with Windows 7 as Dual Boot

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Whether it be for exploration or for work, sometimes it is required to have two operating systems in a PC. So, here is a step-by-step tutorial to install Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop edition, as a dual boot with Microsoft Windows 7. This tutorial aims at providing information about installation using a USB drive.

For this purpose, two things are required:

  1. Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop image file, and
  2. USB installer.

Ubuntu 12.10 installation image file can be downloaded from Ubuntu download page (approx size 700 mb). Download the image file suited for your CPU architecture (32-bit/64-bit). There are two download options

  1. Download the latest version, and
  2. Download the LTS version of Ubuntu.

The LTS version ensures that the user will get support for five years, since it is released. The latest version comes with regular updates for security patches and other software updates.

Now, you have Ubuntu image file which would be burned into a USB drive. For this download a small utility called Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3.

1. Install Ubuntu 12.10 into USB drive

  1. Start the Universal USB Installer
  2. It will ask for permission, click Yes
  3. Agree the License Agreement to continue
  4. Select the version of Distribution you want to install (For our tutorial it is Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop)
  5. Browse to the location where you have saved the ubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso
  6. Select the file
  7. Select the USB flash drive, in which you want to install the ubuntu
  8. Click on Create to begin the process
  9. It will provide the list of actions to be performed, if you are not sure then click Cancel. If you are sure then click OK to continue
  10. It will take some time to complete the process.
  11. When the process is completed, restart your system

2. Install Ubuntu 12.10 as Dual boot

  1. Press F10 to open the boot device selection list. The key varies from system to system, so press that key which works on your system for this step.
  2. Select the USB drive
  3. It will boot the system from USB
  4. After completion of boot sequence, you will have two options
    1. Try Ubuntu, or
    2. Install Ubuntu
  5. If you don’t have good bandwidth internet then it would be better choice to disconnect the network. Otherwise, the installation will get extended to 1 hour or more depending on the downloading speed
  6. Click Install Ubuntu to begin the installation process
  7. Ubuntu installer will check if the system has at least 4.8 GB free space for installation, and whether it is connected with the internet or not
  8. Select the check box if you want to install the third-party software during installation
  9. Click Continue
  10. Select Something else option in Installation type dialog
  11. It will load all the available hard disks and its partitions and display their information in a table view. Before proceeding any further, be sure about the partition in which you want to install the Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop
  12. Select the partition from the list
  13. Click on Change
  14. To resize the partition provide the partition size (in MB)
  15. In “Use as” option select “Ext4 journaling File System”
  16. Select Format the partition option
  17. Select “/” as the Mount point
  18. Click OK
  19. The installer will warn you for the last time. If you are not sure about in which partition you should install it, then click Go Back. If you are sure, then click Continue.
  20. It will take some time to configure.
  21. After configuration it will inform you that you haven’t set up the swap space. It is not required for normal processing. If required, it can be configured later. Click Continue.
  22. Select your location, it will be used to set the timezone
  23. Select the keyboard layout
  24. Then it will ask for your name, computer’s name, username, password and to confirm it. If you don’t want to enter password every time then select “Log in automatically”. If you want to encrypt your home folder then check the option. Click Continue
  25. It will install the Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop.
  26. After completion of Ubuntu installation, the system will ask for a reboot. Click “Restart now”.
  27. Now you don’t have to do anything, it will provide a boot selection menu for operating systems.
  28. You will have 10 seconds to select any other option. Otherwise, it will boot Ubuntu.

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