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So I have set up the Ubuntu installer by installing it onto my memory stick using the USBInstaller.

I am then faced with a problem. The Ubuntu Installer loads up and I start going through it making the relevant choices.

I then select 'Install Ubuntu with Windows 8', or whatever the option is, as I still want both operating systems.

However, when I click continue, my computer restarts. This therefore means that the installer is loaded again from the USB, it then tries to install again, which means I get to the save position before BAM, it restarts again.

If it restarts and I remove the memory stick, then Windows 8 loads.

I really have no idea what to do? My computer appears to be acting as it should really, I just don't understand why I have to restart before installing?

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Try creating your live-USB via another software. eg UnetBootIn or LiliUSB. – LovinBuntu May 15 '13 at 18:12

first I would check your iso and make the USB again to make sure your installation USB is correct.

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I've downloaded the iso a couple of times and I've installed it to the USB 4 times. However my problem is still occuring. – James Warner May 14 '13 at 12:23

I would perform a full system backup on your Windows system before attempting anything else on the install. One easy way to do this is to go to Start, Run, and choose 'Backup & Restore' (if you start typing the command, it will autocomplete).

Once your system is backed up, run CrystalDiskInfo (open source), as mentioned in This won't diagnose 100% of disk problems, but it can at least give you an idea. I would also recommend selecting memtest86 during Ubuntu bootup, as mentioned in That link has some other resources, but you may find CrystalDiskInfo to provide more data. Choosing to 'try Ubuntu without installing' (LiveCD mode) definitely gives you access to a ton of open source utilities to help you diagnose any hardware issues.

There are a lot of other considerations for running Windows 8 and Ubuntu simultaneously. Since it can be hairy for an experienced user, I definitely recommend backing up your Windows data as rule for dual-boot installs (I sure do).

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CrystalDiskInfo said my hard drive is 'good'. I'm not sure if there is any problem with the system itself but I guess what is happening to me shouldn't be? – James Warner May 14 '13 at 12:24

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