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How do I install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8 without having to partition the hard drive. Can someone please explain in detail to a newbie.

  • Partitioning the hard drive means setting space aside for Ubuntu's ext4, while formatting means erasing the whole hard drive. Why don't you want to add a partition? – Seth Mar 5 '13 at 19:20
  • @Seth That is not correct. Formatting means writing a new, blank filesystem to a partition. Volumes are formatted; physical drives are not. Formatting is a narrower, higher-level action than partitioning. Writing a new partition table ("erasing" the drive, even though by itself this hardly destroys any information) is not formatting, though occasionally it's called "low-level formatting." Actually overwriting the entirety of physical disk to render the data it contained unrecoverable is neither formatting nor partitioning. – Eliah Kagan Mar 6 '13 at 5:28
  • @EliahKagan Okay, I know. I didn't completely explain every aspect of the task. Was just trying to clear up a misunderstanding if there was one. – Seth Mar 6 '13 at 5:29
  • If your computer came with Windows8 pre-installed then an even better answer may be here: Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed UEFI Supported Windows 8 system – Warren Hill Mar 6 '13 at 10:16
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If you don´t want to create a Partition for Ubuntu you have to Install it via Wubi

And I recommend that you turn off fast startup in Windows-8, when using it along with any Linux Distribution

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