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How do I set up a dual boot Windows and Ubuntu?

I am learning EVERYTHING including how to cope with my own PC currently running XP.

I have downloaded Ubuntu onto a cd and have had a quick try out.
I would now like to install Ubuntu on a separate partition so I can learn how to work with it before I get rid of Windows entirely.

Should i use the Windows installation app, or is there another different/better option?

Note: I am a 60 year old housewife and don't have teenagers in the house to ask for translations from Computerese to English.
Please give easy-to-understand answers! Help for "dummies" would be appreciated.

I currently have 2 partitions in my hard disk. The secondary empty one has 46 GB free.

Thank you!

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Virginia, please look at this answer in the very similar "duplicate" question linked above. It has a step-by-step guide, with screenshots, on installing a dual-boot Ubuntu. Since you have an empty partition with sufficient space, and are taking the plunge into the Ubuntu pool, I would recommend doing a "proper" dual-boot installation instead of using the Windows installer (a.k.a. "Wubi"). Welcome to Ubuntu and AskUbuntu.com! –  izx Aug 23 '12 at 17:24
    
Thanks to both answers - one question - why do i have to set up a new user account to so the job?? –  Virginia Aug 23 '12 at 17:31
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I suggest you install Ubuntu in Windows installer (Wubi). Plenty of info is located at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi

Then if you still prefer windows, you can very easily get rid of the Wubi installation.

I have done it in my old (>10 years) laptop and it is still running very smoothly.

However, for full capability, I suggest later to remove Wubi and make either a clean Ubuntu install or, alternatively, if you want to keep windows, a dual boot with windows XP.

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