An advantage using this OS is that it comes absolutely free and you can download it from the Internet. However, the problem arises only when you don’t know how to install it. Installing is not really hard and it requires just a few steps. Installing the 12.04 version is not really different from the previous versions of Ubuntu as only the interface of the GUI has been changed.
If you wish to install the Operating System, you need to have a minimum space of 10 GB. The installation process I am about to give is only to dual boot the 12.04 and on a Windows 7 system. To dual boot or change your Windows Operating System, you have to empty all the drivers in your computer to make a minimum of 10 GB space after which you have to format your device to keep it clear. The OS can be dual booted with three of Windows’ versions including Vista, XP and 7. Here are the steps to install Ubuntu:
Firstly, you have to boot it using a bootable USB or through a CD or preferably, a DVD. A screen stating ‘Preparing To Install Ubuntu’ will appear. Uncheck the third party installation software as it is not mandatory and you can install it any time you want. After you uncheck, click ‘Continue’.
You’ll be taken to the next window, which is ‘Installation Type’. You can either choose ‘Erase Disk to Install Ubuntu’ to clear your device and to start installing the OS or you can choose ‘Something Else’ to start the process. When the process is underway, you have to choose the kind of disk drive through which you are planning to install the Operating System. The page also prompts you to choose a drive with free space, and once you choose the drive, click ‘Change’. You have to then select the Master hard drive of your system and click ‘Change’ again.
In the new partition page, choose the type of partition you require, the new partition size (preferably 8 GB or more), location for the new partition, mount point (/) and click OK. Ensure you have all the options you have chosen in the selected Drive and click ‘Install Now’.
You will be prompted next to choose a Time Zone and the desired layout for the keyboard of your system. In the final window, you can enter the username and password you wish to give your system. After giving the necessary details, click ‘Next’.
You have installed the Operating System. All you have to do now is re-boot your system. Now, you will get a prompt when you open your device which will ask to choose an Operating System. According to the nature of your work, you can choose the Operating System you wish to boot. If you have any problems with the above steps, try installing all over again, otherwise, get professional help from an IT consultant.