This guide focuses on computers with a standard BIOS. If your computer has a UEFI bootloader read this guide instead.
In the search box at the bottom of the screen type “System Information” and when the icon appears at the top click on it.
Halfway down the right panel there is an item called BIOS mode. If it says Legacy (or anything other than UEFI) then this guide will work for you.
Click here for my guide showing how to backup Windows 10.
I prefer to use the Win32 Disk Imager tool for creating Linux USB drives as it generally provides a good success rate compared to other tools.
You will obviously need a USB drive for this purpose.
If you would prefer to, you can buy a USB drive with Ubuntu already installed on it.
If after you have finished installing Ubuntu you want to get your USB drive back to being a blank drive again follow this guide which shows how to fix a USB drive after Linux has been installed on it.
If your computer only has one hard drive you will need to shrink your Windows 10 partition in order to make space for Ubuntu.
Click here for a guide showing how to shrink your Windows 10 partition.
Make sure that the Ubuntu USB drive is plugged into the computer.
The main installation of Ubuntu is the same for BIOS and UEFI based machines.To start the installation click on the “Install Ubuntu” icon on the desktop.
This is the beginning of the installation process and you can select the language which is used to help you through the process.
Choose your language and click “Continue”.
The installer has changed a little bit for Ubuntu 16.04. The pre-requisites screen has been removed as has the option to connect to a wireless network prior to installing.
To connect to the internet click on the network icon in the top right corner and a list of wireless networks will be listed. Click on the network you wish to connect to and enter the security key when prompted.
You will need to click the back button on the “preparing to install Ubuntu” screen and then click continue again when you are back at the welcome screen.
If you have a poor internet connection then I would choose not to connect to the internet. You can update your system after it has been installed.
You can choose to install the third party tools for playing MP3 audio as part of the installation process now by checking the box or you can do it after the system has been installed.
In order to set your clock correctly a map appears requiring you to choose your location.
When the process has finished you will have the options to continue test or to restart now.Click the “Restart Now” option.
You will be asked to remove the USB drive and press enter.
Now when your computer reboots you will have options to boot into Windows 10 or Ubuntu.
Try them both out and hopefully you will have successfully installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 10.Check out my new guide which shows how to show common applications such as Chrome, Dropbox and Steam easily in Ubuntu.
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