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I have a Dell Studio 1735 laptop which came with Windows Vista Home premium 32bit.

I have been impressed today with a friends laptop running Ubuntu, am I able to run it on my laptop?

Do I need to delete Windows first?

Are there any key issues I should be aware of?

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The installer disc also has a Live Environment. This allow you to try Ubuntu, without installing it. All you need to do is download the iso image from here, and follow the guide here to create a bootable USB stick, or here to burn to a DVD.

Then all you need to is select in 'Boot Device Selection' to boot from the DVD/USB stick, and it'll work. Yet another guide on selecting it to boot from is here

There are some other helpful things here:

The only things you need to be aware of is some hardware drivers, mainly for wifi or graphics. You can get some of these drivers, and proprietary audio/video codecs required to play media, by allowing 3rd Party Software to be installed, if you do try to install it.

Hope this helps, and enjoy Ubuntu!

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You can have Ubuntu alongside of your Windows . even you can install it on a USB Memory Disk or external storage devices . I offering you to use windows and Ubuntu at first if you're newbie . These topics are helpfull if you want to start :

Can I remove Windows Vista from my notebook and only install Ubuntu?

How to partition a disk for installing Ubuntu?

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Good answer, just don't highlight things with code tags... or suggest edits with them ;-) –  Wilf Jan 19 at 19:55
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Errr... There is this: askubuntu.com/help/formatting –  Wilf Jan 19 at 20:00
    
@OnlyMAJ Apply cold water to burned area. –  Whaaaaaat Jan 19 at 21:32

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