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How can I install Ubuntu without removing Windows?

I want to download ubuntu as a second operating system for my laptop. I have windows 7 as my current operating system. I was wondering if I downloaded ubuntu onto my laptop would it erase windows 7 and everything in it? How could I go about doing this? Thanks

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marked as duplicate by binW, John S Gruber, Jorge Castro, htorque, ajmitch Aug 22 '12 at 3:15

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

No, it won't erase Windows, and your documents will be safe. But, as always, it pays to make a backup before doing anything major like this and saves pain later. Go ahead with the Live CD and install it on a new partition. There will always be someone here who can help. Good luck. – Sun Dial May 9 '12 at 14:47

I suggest you use the Windows Ubuntu Installer (full instructions and download here:

This will keep your Windows 7 installation and files safe and will allow you to test Ubuntu by dual-booting.

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