It has been a few years since I last used linux. I have an HP PC using an AMD FX-8100 eight processor x64 bit cpu , with 10 GB of RAM and 2 TB of disk. I have tried and tried and tried to get the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to install. It hangs when you get to the "Preparing to install Ubuntu" screen. I have downloaded both 32 bit and 64 bit iso's. Burned several DVD's and tried using a USB stick too. To no avail. It just hangs. Now, I have windows 7 Pro on the one hard drive. I have looked up and noted several pages that say, you have to first make some room by shrinking the windows OS. Then you have to create a new partition, and load Ubuntu into that partition. Is the fact that there are no free partitions on my HD causing the Ubuntu installer to hang?
Also, I feel it would be easier to just wipe the drive and then install Ubuntu and then install Virtual box running windows. I hesitate to do that, because of the installer hanging. Am I correct? Please advise. Thank you.