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What is the best way of testing Ubuntu on my computer?
Variation on USB disk above: If you have a machine on which you can add a second regular hard disk, then you can install that disk, install Ubuntu on it, and use the BIOS boot menu to choose between the Windows and Uubuntu disks. This avoids replacing your Windows boot loader with grub. I have done this a lot in the past with older hard drives. But now I just run Ubunut in VMWare Player (similar to VirtualBox), as I've found running as a VM is plenty fast enough these days.