One of our readers requested a video tutorial on how to install Ubuntu. With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS round the corner it is indeed the perfect time for such a guide.
We will start with a video showing how to install Ubuntu on a Virtual Machine as a new user may want to check out how it really works before a direct hardware install. We will then add necessary steps to create a bootable USB with Ubuntu and how to install it on a desktop or laptop. The examples are Ubuntu 13.10 oriented but in general apply to other Ubuntu desktop releases as well. The videos and resources have been selected with Windows users in mind.
1. To start with dowload Ubuntu desktop ISO from here. If you want to try Ubuntu on a VM attach the ISO and follow the video below to install Ubuntu on your VM. You can skip this step and move on to Step 2 as well because you’ll be able to explore Ubuntu (without installing it) from the bootable USB pen drive too.
2. The next step is to create a bootable USB pen drive with Ubuntu and proceed with that. The official documentation on the procedure is here. You can also take a look at the video below.
3. The last step is to install Ubuntu on your desktop or laptop alongside your existing Windows installation. Change your first boot device to USB drive in BIOS to boot from the USB pen drive you created in Step 2. Attach it to your device and boot. Check the video below on how to proceed. Remember that you can also explore Ubuntu from the pen drive by selecting the “Try it” option instead of “Install it” when you boot from the pen drive.
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