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bralphye
Nov 21, 2012

What is the best way to install Ubuntu on a PC?

I've got an old Windows Vista PC that I was thinking of using as a guinea pig for my first Ubuntu experience. I know practically nothing about Ubuntu really. Come to think of it, I guess that makes me the guinea pig instead of the PC. How do I install Ubuntu? I remember that you used to be able to get a CD. Can you still do that? Is it worthwhile to get the CD, or is it just as easy to download?  I'll figure it out once I get started either way, but I'd just as soon use the most simple method.

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bralphye
12/05/2012

Thanks for the help all.  I'm going to give it a go this weekend when I have some spare time.  It doesn't sound too difficult for me to handle.  

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Ryan Northrup
12/04/2012

There are three approaches to doing this, and which one is best for you depends on your goals in installing and using Ubuntu:

 

  • Overwrite the Windows installation and create a pure Ubuntu machine (easiest)
  • Shrink your Windows partition, let Ubuntu have the free space, and let Ubuntu's bootloader take over and handle booting Ubuntu and Windows (hardest)
  • Install Ubuntu from within Windows via Wubi (mostly easy, but not as good)
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    2 and 3 will both create a dual-boot Windows/Ubuntu environment; however, 2 will require you to resize your Windows partition (which I think the Ubuntu installer will guide you through nowadays), while 3 will be slower than a normal Ubuntu installation (Wubi installs Ubuntu to a giant file on your hard drive), though it's much easier.

     

    1 is certainly the easiest, but you'll need to be willing to part ways with your Windows installation; I'd back up the Windows product key and any files you have on there before installing.

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    Ryan Northrup
    12/04/2012

    I should clarify that the Ubuntu website provides full instructions on how to create the install disk, boot it, and go forward with the installation:

     

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

     

    That page not only provides the link to download the installation image, but also provides links that detail how to burn it to a DVD, flash it onto a thumb drive, grab the Windows Installer and install via Wubi instead, etc.

    jimlynch
    11/28/2012
    I suggest downloading it and burning it to a CD. That's probably the easiest and fastest way.

    You can download Ubuntu here:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download

    There is also a very helpful Windows installer you can download:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

    Here are the instructions for the Windows Installer for Ubuntu:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-ubuntu-with-windows
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    hughye
    11/26/2012

    Here is a good guide that walks you through one way to complete the process.   

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/getting

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