I have 41 GB of space on my E:/ drive. Is it sufficient to install Ubuntu? My Windows XP is installed in C:/ drive. Is it OK for dual boot? Should I install Ubuntu (I am installing using Live CD). I don't want to lose my Windows option.
To install Ubuntu 12.04, first download the ISO file from Here You can get either the 32bit or 64bit, and that depends on you system's processor.
To dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows OS first make sure that one of your drives is empty, or in your case have an empty partition. When you get to the installation type screen, in order to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 select the option ” Something else”.
Select the drive that shows the free space, and click on New Partition Table option.
After clicking on it, a window will come up asking you to define the partition size. Choose the desired size, a window swill come up telling you that you have selected whole drive, just click continue.
In the “Use as” option select “Ext4 journalling file system”. This is the latest file system in Linux and select mount point as “/“. Press OK.
Click on add, to add a swap area.
Once that's finished you may click on “Install Now”.
If more help is needed to accomplish you task of installing Ubuntu along side Windows XP, I would suggest that you take a look at Windows Dual Boot.
this example uses an 8GB hard Drive you hard drive size may vary
I use both Windows XP Home Edition, with Ubuntu wubi installed. Lately, I have been using Ubuntu wubi more often, and it is not, that I don't like WIndows XP, I LOVE it.
However tho, I find that Ubuntu wubi works just as well as Windows XP does, and can use most applications on Ubuntu wubi, that are comparable to Windows XP.
Further more, I am NOT giving up on my Windows XP, it IS, still a good Windows OS, much and far better then that gawd awful Windows 8 that Microsoft will be, or has released.
If you want a Ubuntu OS, that will work well under a Windows XP installation, then I highly recommend wubi. That allows you to keep your Windows XP installation, but also run a Ubuntu Linux installation of wubi.
Also, WHY, I run wubi in Windows XP, is that it gives me a good alternative to that gawd awful Windows 8, which I will NEVER upgrade to. I do have Windows 7 Basic Home Edition, but THAT is it, for ANY Windows OS for me.
BUT, do give wubi a try, and you can also run wubi from a DVD as well, IF you want to just try it out first, before you install it.
My Ubuntu 12.04 install takes up a total of 29 Gb, 13 Gb of that is in my Home folder, and 8 Gb is used as swap space (probablly more than I need). I also have a fair amount of packages installed.
So yes you should be able to make it work with that amount of disk space. Just don't forget to leave some disk space for the Windows install, I believe having a full hard drive effects performance quite a bit.
Yes I have my desktop too which got only 40 GB hard disk and I had C D E, with C In windows, And E for Ubuntu which got 15 GB Drive.
You too can do as well. Simple do one thing. Go to this link lWubi Installer for Ubuntu to install on Windows. Download the Wubi based UBUNTU ISO, MD5Sum for checking that you got the exact copy of Ubuntu ISO. Get Unetbootin software :Unetbootin link. Get the ISO install in USB. And Now, on your windows, E Drive is far enough for Ubuntu. Partition it or back up the data if it contains to some other drive, if "D". Connect the USB when your Windows is up and running. you will see a UBuntu USB Image. Double click. It will ask you "Install inside Windows" Click that which directs you to which drive you need Ubuntu to be install. Give E. Follow steps. Eureka..Simple .
I have just loaded 12.04. In the install process it said a min of 4.4Gb was needed so your 49Gb should be plenty. The install included Libre Office & Firefox. Havent got dual boot working properly yet but can use F10 for the bootmenu during initial startup & go down to the relevant entry. Worth checking that it can support your peripherals - printer scanner modem etc. Didnt support Xerox 3220 last time I looked. Good luck, KS