How do I install Ubuntu?
I'm trying to installing Windows 8 consumer preview on my laptop, but it doesn't work. So now I have no operating system in my laptop, and I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my laptop, but how?
Like any normal installation, use an .iso:
When you install Ubuntu, you will do so via three main methods:
If you already have one of these, you can review the next step. If not, follow this guide.
Booting from a USB or CD/DVD
This is a tricky step because many computers are made by many different manufacturers, so the steps will not be definite, but should still give you a general idea on how to do this.
Each computer comes with this thing called BIOS. It's job is to check that all your hardware and equipment is running, active and good to go. It is also BIOS' job to handle things like the booting of your computer, which is when the operating system begins to load. Before a Windows logo comes up, or a Linux logo or something like that - usually the manufacturer's logo will appear beforehand. This is when BIOS is doing it's work. For instance, most Dell computers have the Dell logo and a blue loading bar below it, and Compaq (HP) has a red screen with a Q in the middle. When this is there, theer may be some text in the bottom hand corners of the screen. They may say:
Or similar. So what you want to do is press whatever key you need to enter BIOS. This is usually Esc or F12. You want to initiate something labelled 'Boot Options' or 'Set Up' or 'BIOS' or similar. Keep in mind each manufacturer's BIOS is different.
When there, you will come to an (actually pretty scary looking) awkward computer-nerd looking screen. Note you cannot use your mouse in this screen and must use the arrow keys on your keyboard. Use the Left and Right arrow keys to navigate to a menu labeled
In this menu, you should have a list of the prioritized start-up methods. It is usually:
Or something very similar. If you can't see CD/DVD or USB in that list, your computer does not support booting that way (and basically there is nothing you can do about it. But don't fret: only computers made before 1970 would restrict such a thing. Computers before 1990 may not support USB booting, though.)
Depending on your manufacturer, this process may be different:
If you are editing in the BIOS:
You should use your arrow keys and Enter to rearrange your boot order. If you have a disc, set CD/DVD to the first priority, if it's a USB you're using set the USB as the priority. Press Esc or navigate to the exit menu and save your changes!.
If you are in the boot menu:
Usually by using your Up and Down arrow keys, you should highlight your selection and press Enter to confirm your selection.
If you are having trouble understanding, you can refer to this article with a nice couple of photos of different BIOS'.
Follow the prompts!
To answer your kind-of question, whether you have a currently have a OS installed or not doesn't actually matter. It only restricts the use of the
*- Ubuntu 12.04 will fit on CD and DVD, but 12.10 will fit on only DVD
Download ubuntu. Write it to a USB-stick according to the docs that tell you how to make a bootable USB stick. Fix your BIOS if needed so it boots from the usb stick. Insert USB stick (re)boot. Follow the wizard, see docs.
Download Ubuntu from their website and write it to a DVD and then insert the DVD into the computer and then reboot it and follow the instructions on screen .