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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.

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Are you trying to install ubuntu on a new unused partition? or on the partition you already have windows? –  iamcreasy Mar 3 at 2:21
    
Ok, I already have windows 7 on the drive. The drive is divided up as follows: 100 MB (System), 944 gb OS Primary Partition NFTS, 900 GB Development Extended Partition NTFS - logical drive, HP Recovery 11.25 GB Primary Partition NTFS. –  Edgar Cohen Mar 3 at 2:52
    
Funny thing, I have another HP laptop, running XP 32 bit, and I went through the installer and it did advance past the "Preparing to install Ubuntu" screen. It displayed the screen that gave you the choice of replacing the OS or going to the custom screen –  Edgar Cohen Mar 3 at 3:02
    
So, you are trying to install on 900GB partition? Have you tried the following, 1. Another version of Ubuntu or 2. Waiting? –  iamcreasy Mar 3 at 3:55
    
OK, I have 900 GB where the Windows OS resides. I am currently trying to install 12.04 LTS. Should I try 13.10? Note, the 12.04 LTS does successfully get to the screen after the "Preparing to install Ubuntu" on my HP Laptop. –  Edgar Cohen Mar 3 at 4:43
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