How to install Ubuntu

Updated: 06/02/2020 by Computer Hope
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Below are the steps on how you can install Ubuntu Linux on your computer.


If you have a Windows computer and use the entire disk for Linux, Windows and its software are deleted from your computer. If you want to run a dual-boot configuration, see: How to install Ubuntu on your Windows computer.

  1. Download and install the Ubuntu .iso file at
  2. Once the .iso file is downloaded, use that file to create a bootable CD.
  1. Once the CD is created or if you already have an Ubuntu CD, start the computer with the CD in the computer.
  2. Select Start or install Ubuntu, which after 1-2 minutes should load into the Ubuntu desktop allowing you to see what Ubuntu is like before installing it. If you do not get into this screen, make sure your computer meets the system requirements to run Ubuntu.
  3. If you want to install Ubuntu onto your computer, double-click the Install icon on the Ubuntu desktop.
  4. In the Install window, select the language you want to use and click the Forward button.
  5. Select one of the available cities in your time zone and click Forward.
  6. Select keyboard layout and click Forward.
  7. Next the partitioner starts. If you want to leave space available for other operating systems, move the slider to how much of the disk you want Ubuntu to use. Otherwise, select the Guided -use entire disk. Once you've specified the partition size you want to use, click Forward.
  8. If your computer has another operating system, you'll next be prompted to migrate any of the existing data.
  9. Fill out personal information and click forward.
  10. Finally, click the Install button to start the install. Depending on the speed of your computer this step can take around 30-45 minutes to complete.
  11. Click the Restart now button and once the computer starts to reboot make sure to remove the CD from your computer.

After the computer has finished restarting, it should boot into Ubuntu. If you have your network connection connected to the computer, it also may prompt you to download any updates available.