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I got a new lenovo PC pre installed with windows 8.1 and I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu. I tried using the Live USB/DVD option. It would show an option to choose between windows 8 & Ubuntu and when I choose Ubuntu it will show me an error screen. I didn't want persist because I don't want to screw it up, it being new and all.

What steps should I follow to properly install Ubuntu safely and smoothly?

Thanks!

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    What does the error message say? You definitely won't screw it up if you only run Ubuntu off the USB key. – LanceLafontaine Nov 17 '14 at 17:57
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To dual boot Windows and Ubuntu, refer to this guide.

As long as you carefully follow the steps, there should not be any issues.

For a more detailed guide with screenshots and easier for beginners, check out this page.

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    please avoid giving external links. You may write portions of it in this answer and provide the source. But simply giving links might cause problems in cases of link rot. – astrob0t Nov 17 '14 at 18:39

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