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If I were to install Ubuntu via the method stated here; http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

Will I need to download/install anything else first? Do I simply select "Boot Ubuntu" and then go about my business? Will my HDD need partitioning beforehand? If I save files while running Ubuntu where do they go when I decide to boot Windows instead?

Just trying to figure out the best way to use Ubuntu without removing the Windows OS (:

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Will I need to download/install anything else first?

No. But once you run the installer, it will download approximately 500 MB of data.

Do I simply select "Boot Ubuntu" and then go about my business?

Yes, Windows Boot Menu will give you an option to do that when you start up.

Will my HDD need partitioning beforehand?

No.

If I save files while running Ubuntu where do they go when I decide to boot Windows instead?

They stay on the Ubuntu "disk" (which is actually a large file on your Windows drive); if you wish to "share" them it's easiest to use a USB flash drive or similar. Alternatively, set up a FAT32 partition which both operating systems can access, but that may be getting too complicated...

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Thank you so much, that's all I needed to hear! Time to run the installer (: –  Sam M Jun 21 '12 at 21:20
    
Actually one more question, which "Installation size" do I pick? It defaults to 18GB, is this necessary? –  Sam M Jun 21 '12 at 21:28
    
I'd recommend a minimum of 10GB, and the default is a good balance if you intend to try/use Ubuntu actively. –  izx Jun 21 '12 at 21:30
    
I've got about 60GB free so I'll go with the default 18GB then. –  Sam M Jun 21 '12 at 21:34
    
Sounds good... :) –  izx Jun 21 '12 at 21:35
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