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I have just bought an Acer Aspire laptop with Windows 10 installed. Wife wants Windows but I prefer Linux. Had dual boot with Win 7 before and it worked well. I know it did not go well with Vista.

Can I just install Ubuntu alongside Win 10 and let it provide the boot loader as it did before? It was really simple with Win 7.

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Yes.

I have practically the same setup you have (Acer Aspire, Win 10 Pre. installed) and both systems work fine.

I used a USB-Stick and the instructions from here: https://www.tecmint.com/install-ubuntu-16-04-alongside-with-windows-10-or-8-in-dual-boot/

Note: I did however deactivate the fast boot, as explained here: https://www.tecmint.com/install-ubuntu-16-04-alongside-with-windows-10-or-8-in-dual-boot/

You can see both guides are quite similar, i cant not confirm how important the fast boot deactivation is, but it might be important

Have fun

  • I have exactly this setup on the refurbished Thinkpad T430 I bought a few months ago. Came with Win10 occupying the entire HDD -- used Live USB to resize the Windows partition and install Ubuntu, GRUB starts either one as requested. – Zeiss Ikon Jan 15 '18 at 13:48
  • One reason for deactivating fast boot is that it prevents the accessing of files in Windows partition from Ubuntu (though, this is an optional feature). There could be more reasons. link – Vicon May 31 '18 at 23:20

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