Windows 10 is currently the most popular computer operating system. This claim is validated by billions of users around the world as it continues to evolve with each update. However, Windows 10 does have a host of issues that make it feel less than reliable at times. Log into Ubuntu Linux.
Ubuntu is a free and open source distribution that is much more resource-friendly than Windows 10. Most creative professionals and programmers prefer to use Ubuntu because of its privacy and security, full customization and personalization capabilities, and its use with cloud computing. When it comes to completing technical work, it is best to do it in Ubuntu.
It is not recommended to install Windows 10 after Ubuntu, but it can be done.
Of course, there are things that Windows 10 has over Ubuntu, making it the OS of choice for PC users. Simply put, there are quite a few things that Ubuntu cannot do, and Windows 10 can.
They are mainly related to everyday computing activities such as playing games, surfing the Internet, and other forms of media and entertainment. These things are best left to Windows 10.
This is why it has become commonplace in recent years to have a dual boot system. Using Ubuntu for technical purposes and Windows 10 for general use is the way of the future.
Install Ubuntu on Windows 10 PC
For those of you with Windows 10 already installed on your computer, installing Ubuntu is a breeze. This is the easier of the two, as Ubuntu is usually installed on top of Windows 10.
Ubuntu Windows 10 Requirements
Back up all your important data before installing Ubuntu. Buy yourself a USB stick with at least 8GB of memory to be used as a boot drive and make sure your Windows PC meets the following requirements:
- 2GHz dual-core processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 25 GB hard disk space.
- VGA with a screen resolution of 1024 × 768.
How to dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 10
Go to the Ubuntu website and download the latest Ubuntu ISO file.
Now it’s time to create a bootable USB stick. Using the USB port you purchased, download Rufus from the official site. The program will help you create a USB stick for Ubuntu as Rufus is UEFI compatible.
Once downloaded, launch Rufus. Find the section for creating a bootable disk using and select the ISO image. Find the Ubuntu ISO file you downloaded earlier and select it.
Now you need to create a disk partition for Ubuntu. Right-click the Windows 10 Start menu and open Disk Management.
Right click on the drive you want to partition and select the compressed volume. Allocate at least 64 GB of storage to keep Ubuntu running properly.
Finally, restart your computer and open the boot menu or UEFI firmware settings. Then boot from the USB stick containing Ubuntu. Choose your preferred language from the Ubuntu install menu. You also need to select “Install Ubuntu with Windows 10” to be able to dual boot both operating systems.
When the installation process is complete, restart your computer. Now when you turn on your computer, you will be prompted to boot Ubuntu or Windows 10.
Installing Windows 10 on an Ubuntu machine
Installing Windows 10 after Ubuntu can be a little tricky and honestly not recommended. However, if this is something that you need to work with, there is definitely a procedure that you can follow.
Prepare the partition for Windows 10
Make sure the intended partition for the Windows operating system is a primary NTFS partition. It will need to be created in Ubuntu specifically for Windows installation purposes.
You can create a partition using the gParted command line tools or Disk Utility. You will have to delete any already created logical / extended partitions you may have and create a new main partition. This will delete all data currently in the partition, so back up what you need.
Install Windows 10
You will need a USB drive or DVD with Windows 10 preinstalled to begin the Windows setup process. Obviously, you’ll also need a valid Windows activation key to authenticate the installation.
Boot from whatever media you choose.
Choose a custom installation because you want everything to move correctly, and choosing this option will avoid problems.
Select the primary NTFS partition you created earlier as your Windows 10 installation partition. GRUB will be replaced by the Windows boot loader after the installation process is complete, which means the GRUB menu will no longer be there when you boot your computer. However, we can simply install GRUB again as soon as you are ready to do so.
Purchase a LiveCD or LiveUSB Ubuntu and download it. Open Terminal and enter the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa: yannubuntu / boot-repair && sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot- repair
Boot Repair will start automatically after installation is complete. Choose the recommended recovery option, wait until GRUB is fully installed, and then restart your computer.
The GRUB menu will be here again to welcome you. Now you can choose which operating system you want to run.