How to Install Ubuntu Onto a Clean Computer

Written by tammy clevenger
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Installing Ubuntu onto a clean computer allows you to make Ubuntu the only operating system on the computer, or to prepare the system as a dual-boot system with Ubuntu and another operating system installed, such as Windows. Before installing Ubuntu on the clean computer, download the LiveCD installation ISO image from the Ubuntu website. Burn the ISO image to a CD. With the LiveCD, you will be able to install Ubuntu, or to take a "test drive" of Ubuntu by running the operating system from the CD without making any changes to the computer.

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  • Ubuntu LiveCD

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    Insert the Ubuntu LiveCD into the CD or DVD drive on the clean computer.

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    Boot up the computer. The machine will boot from the LiveCD and the "Language" dialogue box launches.

  3. 3

    Select your language from the list and click "Forward." The "Location" window opens.

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    Select your region from the first drop-down box, and then select your time zone from the second drop-down box. Click "Forward." The "Keyboard Layout" dialogue box opens.

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    Select your keyboard layout. In most cases, the suggested layout selected by default will be the one you choose. Click "Forward." The "Prepare Disk Space" screen opens. Because the hard drive is clean on the computer, you will be able to select "Use Entire Disk" or to "Specify Partitions Manually" to prepare for the installation. If you are preparing a dual-boot system, specify the partitions manually and format the partitions according to your needs. Otherwise, select "Use Entire Disk" to make Ubuntu the only operating system on the computer. Click "Forward." The "Who Are You?" screen opens.

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    Type your name into the "Name" input box, and then type a username into the "Username" input box. Type a password for your account, and then retype the password to confirm. Type a name for the computer into the "Computer Name" input box. Click "Forward." A confirmation screen will appear summarising your selections for the installation. Click the "Install" button. The Ubuntu installation wizard starts and Ubuntu is installed to the computer according to your specifications. Once installation is complete, a dialogue box will appear stating the installation is complete and that you need to restart the computer.

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    Click the button labelled "Restart Now" to reboot the computer. The computer will boot and start in the Ubuntu operating system.

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