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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

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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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