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I saw in the instructions that if I wanted to install ubuntu on my PC wiht withdows 8 i should download the 64 bit version. My laptop is an older 32 bit laptop that I have put windows 8 on.

Should I use the 32 bit version of Ubuntu instead? I have installed it to a USB drive and I see on there where I can install it WITH my current OS but will this work with Win 8?


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Also see:… – Seth Mar 31 '13 at 14:03
@Seth - 1. Windows 8 isn't pre-installed, and 2. He doesn't have UEFI Secure Boot. – horIzoN Mar 31 '13 at 14:14
@nerof61 I know Windows 8 isn't pre-installed, but he doesn't mention anything about UEFI. Just because Windows 8 isn't pre-installed doesn't mean he doesn't have UEFI. In either case, that answer is still helpful. – Seth Mar 31 '13 at 14:32

It should work.

But if your computer only supports 32-bit, use 32-bit. If it supports 64-bit, then use 64-bit.

You see, people would ask you to disable the Secure Boot, but as soon as it wasn't pre-installed the it won't have UEFI.

While booted in Windows 8, press the .iso file/ Ubuntu image.

At the screen, choose 'Install Ubuntu'.


Now choose 'Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8'.


If this screen comes up, choose how much memory you want Ubuntu to have.


Now click 'Install Ubuntu'.

It may come to this screen.


Look at those top tips to get the most out of Ubuntu!


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You don't address what version of Ubuntu the OP should use: 32 bit or 64 bit. – Seth Mar 31 '13 at 14:03
@Seth - Done. :-) – horIzoN Mar 31 '13 at 14:13

You should just install the 32-bit version if you are using an older laptop. When using a 32bit version you can be sure it will work. I think they we're just assuming you had an 64 bit laptop since you're using such a modern operating system.

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