How to Dual Boot Ubuntu on Windows 7

Written by tammy clevenger
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Ubuntu is an open source, Linux-based operating system that functions similar to the Windows environment. To install Ubuntu on a dual boot system along with Microsoft Windows 7, install Ubuntu from within Windows 7. Though the Ubuntu installation will technical be inside the Windows environment, the computer will show both operating systems at boot time. You may select to boot into Windows 7 or into Ubuntu during the boot process.

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  1. 1

    Boot up the computer into Windows 7.

  2. 2

    Insert the Ubuntu LiveCD. The CD will autorun and provide the Ubuntu main menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Install Now." The installation routine will indicate the space needed on the Windows partition to install Ubuntu (usually about 3 Gigabytes). Click "Forward."

  4. 4

    Type your city and state to enter Time Zone information and click "Forward."

  5. 5

    Type a user name. Type a password and confirm the password. Check the checkbox in front of "Require a Password" and "Encrypt My Home Folder" if these options are desired. Click "Forward." The installation routine will run and install Ubuntu as an application in Windows 7. When finished, a dialogue box will appear.

  6. 6

    Click "Reboot the Computer" to restart the machine. The new boot menu will appear with Ubuntu as the first choice. Windows 7 will be at the bottom of the list. Press Enter with the first entry highlighted to boot into Ubuntu.

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