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I need to install ubuntu alongside with my current version of Windows in my new computer (I prefer UBUNTU but I still need windows to run some programs in my work place).

The point is that, in windows 8 I can not access BIOS as I did the first time that I installed ubuntu in my older computer.

Can somebody please provide me a detailed information about how to install Ubuntu without corrupting Windows 8

Thanks people.


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marked as duplicate by user68186, karel, Radu Rădeanu, don.joey, Rinzwind Jan 7 '14 at 14:17

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You don't access BIOS from Windows 8. Bios is accessed when you just switched your pc on, probably by pressing [Del], [F2] or [F10]. You can also install Ubuntu inside Windows (no need to do anything in the BIOS), but I never did it, so I don't know how that works. – GabrielF Jan 6 '14 at 15:12

Have you considered doing this in a virtual machine? It is a very good way to get familiar with Linux until you are ready to do something like a dual boot. It also eliminates the need for you to reboot your machine to get to the other OS.

Some options you have to do this:

VMware Player download

Virtualbox download

These are both free, and they allow you to install an entire OS inside a virtual machine.

If you look at the screenshot I have attached, you can see on the right half of the screen that I am running VMware Workstation, and I have several VMs installed. I have Windows 8 installed in a VM and it is active. The arrows point to some of the VMs that I have installed on this machine.

Virtualization example

I am doing what I am suggesting to you, but in the opposite direction. I am working on a Linux OS for the host, and running Windows (and several other OSes) as a guest.

If you have any questions on how to get this working, let me know.

One thing to note - I've listed the free solutions. The "Workstation" version of VMware that I use, that has a paid license, but you can use it in trial mode for some period of time.

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Interesting. Why the downvote? – longviewbits Jan 6 '14 at 17:12

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