Linux Installation Alongside Windows and Dual Boot Guide

Install any Linux distribution alongside Windows and run it at the same time.

Linux, the operating system generally preferred by developers and coders, also allows actions such as gaming and browsing the internet. However, if you are bored with Windows, you can experience the operating system in question by installing Linux without losing your current version of Windows through our guide.

Note: Due to the negative effects that may occur during the process responsible is not.

Before starting the process, we will need the USB stick, Etcher software and Linux Distro. If you have data on your USB memory, it will be deleted. Some users Etcher He states that they had problems with their USB sticks after using the software. However, basically, when we do the installation steps correctly, most likely there will be no errors.

Before Installing

We remind you again; Data on your USB stick will be deleted. If you have data, make sure to back it up and continue. At the same time, the USB memory you will use for installation must have a capacity of at least 16 GB.

Installing the Etcher Software

We will need the version of Linux we want to install to write to the USB stick. However, let us remind you that the data on your USB memory will be deleted. You can download the Etcher software from here.

Downloading a Linux Distribution

You must have downloaded the ISO file of one of the Linux distributions you want to install. Like Ubuntu, Debian or CentOS.

Note: Since the Dual Boot process of SteamOS is different, we recommend that you do not install with the procedures in this article.

Several Linux distribution links: Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS.

Creating a Bootable Drive

Linux installation and dual boot guide
Linux installation and dual boot guide

Everything is ready. USB stick, software and our ISO fileā€¦ Now it’s time to write this file to the memory. When the software is opened, select the ISO file with the Flash from file option. Then select your USB memory from the Select target section and say OK. Finally, start the burning process with the Flash option.

Linux installation and dual boot guide
Linux installation and dual boot guide

When the process is complete, you can close the software.

Boot Linux Installation from USB Memory

To access the setup screen of the operating system we have selected, you can take a look at the BIOS keys (usually DEL for desktop computers) according to your computer brand from the table below. Then put your USB stick in the BIOS to the 1st rank in the boot menu, save and exit.

Brand BIOS Keys
Acer F2 or DEL
Dell F2 or F12
HP ESC or F10
Lenovo F2 or Fn + F2
Lenovo (Desktop) F1
Lenovo (Thinkpad) Enter+F1
Origin F2
Samsung F2
Sony F1, F2, or F3
Toshiba F2

After the computer restarts, the Linux loading screen will appear. If the post-processing loading screen does not appear, return to BIOS to disable fast boot and try again. After the process, you will access the loading screen.

Ubuntu Setup

Linux installation and dual boot guide
Linux installation and dual boot guide

Note that the steps will differ depending on the distribution you have installed. For example, Debian cannot be installed as simple as Ubuntu. So if you are installing a distribution outside of our guide, be very careful.

You will see that there are two different options on the loading screen. In the first option Try Ubuntu, in the second option Install Ubuntu will take place. We recommend that you continue with the option to try Ubuntu in the first place so that you can observe your system’s performance.

After testing, return to the installation screen, select Install Ubuntu and click Install 20.04.2 LTS (or more recent). This process will take you through the installation process. Some minor adjustments will also appear at this step, including a few important settings (such as keyboard layout, current location, etc.).

Important Settings

Minimal / normal setup:

Here, media player etc. You can go to a minimum to reduce the bloat caused by software. However, this is not necessary, continue with your preferred method.

Whether to automatically download updates when installing Ubuntu:

This can help us reduce the time spent manually installing updates later.

Whether to install third-party software for graphics and other items:

Since it is unclear whether Ubuntu will be compatible with our hardware without manually installing / updating the drivers, you can keep this setting off in the first place.

Installing Linux and Maintaining the Windows 10 Version

Installing Linux on a Windows Computer

At this stage, you must continue by checking the “Install Ubuntu with Windows 10” option. If you do this wrong, your current data and version of Windows 10 will be deleted and only Linux / Ubuntu will remain. However, be careful not to select the “Erase disk and install Ubuntu” option. If the “Install Ubuntu with Windows 10” option does not appear, you need to go back to the BIOS and review the boot setting again.

Visit your BIOS for the last time after rebooting. Confirm fast boot is passive and Ubuntu is in first place. Then the computer should continue to load as usual. As long as you have Ubuntu and Windows 10, everything will be set automatically. After a few simple settings, the “Restart now” text should appear on your screen. After this process, the installation will be finished and the dual boot “dual boot menu” will appear.

Dual Boot – Dual Boot

Installing Linux on a Windows Computer

Now this option will appear every time your computer is turned on and you will be asked which operating system to start.

Ubuntu should work seamlessly with your hardware. Even if you need to update graphics drivers, the basics should work. Also, make sure that you have seamless access to Ubuntu’s home screen just like in Windows 10 by selecting Ubuntu whenever you see the dual boot window.

Installing Linux on a Windows Computer

We have come to the end of our article on dual booting, the perfect solution for users who need Linux.

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