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On my desktop I have two partition containing both windows8, one of them is an expired trial. I'm a windows based developer and I want to learn even some Linux development stuff, so I want to install Ubuntu and overwrite that expired Window 8 version. At present when my computer boot there is a dual boot that let me to choose from which win8 start. Can I use the same dual boot to choose between windows and ubuntu? Do I have to remove that dual boot ( don't know how, but will investigate ) before installing Ubuntu? Can I reuse the already present boot manager and must overwrite the useless partition with Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu uses grub wich stands for GRand Unified Bootloader, you might want to add more details as if your computer uses UEFI or not for people be able to help you. I personally have no experience with it or either dualboot. –  xangua Nov 23 '13 at 6:27
    
How can check to see about UEFI? so basically you say is better to have a single boot machine and the install ubuntu using Grub as a dual boot manager? –  Felice Pollano Nov 23 '13 at 6:34
    
Ubuntu will instal grub and for UEFI help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI askubuntu.com/questions/221835/… –  xangua Nov 23 '13 at 6:47

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Personally, i whould remove the expired windows partition and use wubi from the good one to install ubuntu, this way you won't have to worry about grub or annything you dont have the old windows and you whould even be able to delete ubuntu from the software manager in the working windows !

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

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+1 seems good I will try –  Felice Pollano Nov 23 '13 at 7:34
    
"Have a new PC with the Windows 8 logo or using UEFI firmware?" –  xangua Nov 23 '13 at 7:39
    
It is an old 32 bit pc with vista in the past –  Felice Pollano Nov 23 '13 at 8:02
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WUBI is not officially supported anymore and WILL break! –  alexander255 Nov 23 '13 at 9:37
    
With Wubi, our officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows, you can install and uninstall Ubuntu easily and safely. For 12.04 LTS only. –  D3l4n0 Nov 23 '13 at 10:02

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