How do you install a Linux operating system on a PC or laptop?

EisenFaust April 14, 2011
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How do you install a Linux operating system on a PC or laptop?

  1. Sahil Dave
    April 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I have tried only Ubuntu and will tell you according to that. I am sure installation for other distros would be somewhat same.

    You will need the Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop ISO image that you can download from their website
    After inserting the cd, Hit the F8, F11 or F12 key (depending on your BIOS) to select the CD/DVD-ROM as the boot device. Wait for the CD to load...

    In a couple of minute you will get an option to "try" or "install" ubuntu on your PC. In that you have to press Install Ubuntu button. You will see a new box calling "preparing to install Ubuntu" box. you can choose to download updates while installing and/or install third party software, such as MP3 support. BUT ATTENTION: This will make your installation run longer.

    Now you will see a new box in that you have to select “Install along side other operating system” for dual boot (i am considering you want Dual Boot) and Press Forward button. Manual partition is advanced and if not done correctly, you may erase your data that is already on your hard-disk.

    Further you have to select your Time Zone, Keyboard layout and Your Name, password etc. After this your installation would start Generally it takes 15-20 mins to install.

    RESTART, remove disk and Log In with your password. You may download new driver's updates, third party software and other updates after logging in.


  2. Tina
    April 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm


    were you able to install Linux on your computer following the advice above? Please let us know in case you need more help. Thank you!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Hello, Using wubi is a good suggestion if you are trying to find out if Linux is a keeper for you. If you want to install Linux and keep windows, you can dual boot by making a separate partition on your harddrive and installing Linux there and/or using the wubi installer within Windows. By using wubi you can access Linux from within Windows like any other program.

    If you want to install Linux by itself, the following article explains it in detail:

  4. Jessica Cam W.
    April 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Here's one more guide that instructs you on installing Linux with Wubi (here's the guide for Linux Mint), which lets you keep your Windows installation and lets you choose between OSes when you boot up your computer. That's probably the safest way for you to try a Linux distro. You can even uninstall it like any other program in Windows.

  5. Anonymous
    April 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    try Wubi
    a Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu


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