How to Install Ubuntu 12.10 as Standalone or Dual Boot

Posted by Admin on 2/17/13 at 10:07 PM in ,
Install Ubuntu on Your Computer

Ubuntu linux is one of the most widely known linux distros in the world and is one among the best linux distros for beginners due to its simplicity. But it is also used by professionals of various levels and thanks to its vast community, it has reached this level. Ubuntu is backed by Canonical and the community. Today let us see how to install it with its simple installation procedure.

Install Ubuntu 12.10 on Your Computer

We shall first download the Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop. We recommend 32 Bit, but if you have a computer in which UEFI is enabled, then download the 64 Bit version. The download size should be approximately 760 MB.

Now burn the downloaded .iso image file to a DVD and restart your computer. Hit F12 to get to boot menu and choose to Boot from CD/DVD (or any similar option).

Install

In the first screen that appears, you get the option to install Ubuntu onto your system or just Try it out as a live OS. Select Install Ubuntu.

Then it checks if atleast 5 GB of space is free and if you are using a laptop, it even checks if it is plugged in to a power source or not. These two should be met before proceeding. It even checks if it is connected to internet or not (not absolute necessary).

There are also two check boxes, Download Updates while Installing and Install this third-party software (Fluendo MP3 plugin). We recommend not to check these two so that our installation is fast. These can be installed after installing the OS.

Standalone OS or Dual Boot

In the next screen, you are asked to choose the installation type. Select Erase disk and install ubuntu if you are installing ubuntu as a standalone operating system on your computer.

Choose Ubuntu Installation Type

If you are installing it as a dual boot setup, then select the last option Something Else and in the next screen, click on free space and hit the + symbol at the left which will bring up the Create Partition window, in that choose the size of the partition. Keep the partition type as Logical (Optional) and location as End of this space (Optional too). Then you have to format the partition to ext4 file system so choose Ext4 in Use as drop down menu. Then set the mount point to /.

Use the same method to create a Swap partition of 500 MB. In the Use as drop down, select Swap Area.

Ubuntu Partition Table

Then select the first partition you just created (which you set the mount point as /)and hit install now button located at the right bottom. The installation will then begin.

CAUTION : 
If you are installing it alongside Windows 8, then you must first turn off the Windows 8 Fast Startup. Otherwise, you'll face a massive corruption in Windows.

Installation Progression

As the installation progresses, you have to select your Time-Zone, Keyboard Layout (English (US) is default for most of us, if you are not sure then choose the Detect Keyboard Layout option) in the subsequent screens. Then you will have to set your computer name, username, password in the next screen. Choose the options available to encrypt home folder and auto login as per your necessity.

That's it. Just sit back and let the installer do its job. After the installation is complete, it asks to Restart the computer. Do so and your Ubuntu OS is ready to roll.

That's it. Come back for more. :)

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