How to install Ubuntu 12.04 using Windows 8

One of the most anticipated Linux distribution for a long time now is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. There has been so much speculation and gossip about it. Canonical finally lifts the curtain on that 12.04 LTS version, and let me already say it out loud ... it's a gem !

In this article we will show you how to download and install Ubuntu 12.04 as an alternative operating system for those who currently use only Windows 7 or 8. This tutorial, takes you by the hand and guides you step-by-step into easily tasks. Furthermore, there are screenshots and videos included to visualise the process.

Before we startup the how-to let me blast a quick pros'n'cons out of the Ubuntu's commercial hype and emphasise some remarkable spots about Ubuntu and why should we care about.



  • It is the most popular Linux distribution

  • Easy to use (Noob friendly) and install software

  • Thousands of applications (derived from Debian)

  • It just works -- out of the box

  • Huge community (your question is probably already answered)

  • Valve Steam will be supported soon




  • Not the fastest Linux distro

  • Unity desktop is still young

  • bugs bunny lives


  1. Page - Introduction

  2. Page - Download Ubuntu 12.10 iso

  3. Page - Burn iso using imgburn

  4. Page - (Optional: use a usb flash disk)

  5. Page - Select first boot device from BIOS

  6. Page - Booting Ubuntu

  7. Page - Disk partition

  8. Page - Ubuntu Installation

  9. Page - Update and Upgrade Ubuntu

Have a peek and proceed to the next page please...


Downloading Ubuntu 12.04

The hottest linux distro of the year probably is going to be the Ubuntu 12.04, and right after linux Steam release, it is going to dominate the distrowatch top alright. To obtain a copy of Ubuntu, please launch your favorite browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IE) and go to official Ubuntu website.

Once you get there, you'll find many resources about Ubuntu.  You read that right, but just stay focused here. So move one and click "Get Ubuntu now" in order to proceed.

Click on the image link "Ubuntu Deskop"  (orange color)

Alright, here we have the 32-bit version as recommended by Canonical. Despite what's it says, please select 64bit and click Start Download. The disk image of 64bit is called amd64 -- which is just bad name scheme in every aspect -- meaning that it supports both AMD and Intel 64bit processors.

Alright, currently you're downloading Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit for Desktop PC. After that, you have to choose in what media you want Ubuntu to be loaded. There are to 2 choices here:

  1. CD/DVD-Rom

  2. or  boot via USB.

If you want to boot from a CD-ROM then go to the next page 3, otherwise skip page 3 and go directly to page 4.

Using a CD/DVD

[highlight color="yellow"]If you don't want to use a CD/DVD media but a USB Flash Disk instead, then SKIP this page and procced to page 4[/highlight]

Once you have downloaded Ubuntu ISO image disc, the next step is to burn it into a CD media. To accomplish this task, we are going to use ImgBurn.

Launch ImgBurn utility and click "Write Image file to disc" button.

Browse into your computer's hard drive directory, probably at your "Downloads" folder, locate ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso and click "Open".

Afterwards, please insert an empty (blank) CD-Rom into your DVD-Writer device and get ready to obtain a copy of Ubuntu.

Burn the Ubuntu ISO disk image into an actual CD-ROM disc.

Please wait while the disc has being writing...

Congrats! Operation Successfully completed!

Just in case, mark the CD-Rom's surface using an appropriate marker-pen that dries instantly. Proceed to Page 5 (skipping page 4 - using USB as bootable media).

Using a USB flash disk

[highlight color="yellow"]If you previously used an CD/DVD media, then SKIP this page and proceed to page 5.[/highlight]

First off, we need a USB Drive Disc. Do you have one ?

Plug it in your PC and backup its contents, because they will be deleted/replaced by Ubuntu disc image. Again: backup your flash disk's data. Just don't say you weren't warned.

Go to Unetbootin's webpage and download the Windows version.

Afterwards, browse into your hard disk and locate the unebootin executable. Double click to launch the application.

Select Disc Image, ISO and click the dots "..." button in order to locate the Ubuntu's ISO image file.

Browse into your computer's hard drive directory, probably at your "Downloads" folder, locate ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64.iso and click "Open".

Select USB Drive and the locate the approriate letter that matches in your flash drive. Eventually, hit "OK" button to start the conversion of your flash drive into a fully operational and bootable media including Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

Please wait a couple of minutes while the USB flash disk is getting ready.

Congrats! Operation successfully completed! Now you have Ubuntu 12.04 inside your flash disk. Reboot your computer and boot from USB.

First Boot Device

First off, remove all unnecessary USB items to ease the process.

Insert the bootable USB flash/CD-Rom drive that you just created in your target computer and restart you PC. Most newer computers can boot from a USB flash/CD-Rom drive. If your computer does not automatically do so, you might need to edit the BIOS settings.

Restart your computer, and watch for a message telling you which key to press to enter the BIOS setup. It will usually be one of F1, F2, DEL, ESC or F10. Press this key while your computer is booting to edit your BIOS settings.

Instead of editing BIOS settings, you can chose a boot device from the boot menu. Press the function key to enter the boot menu when your computer is booting. Typically, the boot screen displays which key you need to press. It maybe one of F12, F10. Note: with some motherboards you have to select 'hard disk/USB-HDD0' to choose the USB flash disk.

You need to edit the Boot Order. Depending on your computer, and how your USB key was formatted, you should see an entry for "removable drive" or "USB media" or "CD-Rom". Move this to the top of the list to make the computer attempt to boot from the USB/CD-Rom device before booting from the hard disk.

In case you have moden PC using UEFI Bios make the necessary changes in order to boot from USB or CD-Rom first, instead of hard drive. Take a look from ASUS UEFI BIOS:

Otherwise if you own a MSI motherboard take a look below:

Ok now, hit F10 keystroke  (Save and Exit) and restart your PC in order to boot from CD-ROM or USB drive as to install Ubuntu.

Booting Ubuntu

The installation of the Ubuntu 12.04 distribution is a child’s play in the hands of advanced users who already have the experience of re-installing operating systems. If you are newbie, please do not be afraid of installation. Using the manual and our helpful instructions, there is no doubt that you will accomplish this task quite easily. As we stated before, the installation procedure is quite an easy job, but is also a bit time consuming though (about 25 minutes). Pay attention to the instructions and be gentle with your computer. Please be aware of the fact that if you already use Windows 7 or 8, Ubuntu can be installed alongside or completely remove Windows.

That's my old monitor, installing Ubuntu 12.04. As you can see I've already managed to boot from CD-Rom and Ubuntu distribution auto loads first, replacing your hard drive and MBR. Have a peak and let's do it together step-by-step.

Select your language from the left menu and click "Install Ubuntu" to proceed with the Installation. Make sure that your have a wired internet connection via Ethernet, in case of inability to find wifi networks.

Allocate drive's space

Please check "Download updates while installing" and "Install this third-party software". Continue please...

Use the checkboxes to choose whether you'd like to Install Ubuntu alongside another operating system, delete your existing operating system and replace it with Ubuntu, or – if you're an advanced user – choose the 'Something else' option

Select the first option in order to dual boot with Windows 7/8 and Ubuntu, otherwise select the second option and delete Windows partition at all using only Ubuntu. Third option is not recommended for beginners. Dual boot means multi-booting, likewise the act of installing multiple operating systems on a computer, and being able to choose which one to boot when starting the computer. The term dual-booting refers to the common configuration of specifically two operating systems. Multi-booting may require a custom boot loader that Ubuntu installation provives and configures it automatically based upon your system's needs.

Now hit "Install Now" and wait a couple of moments until the installation is complete. Please notice that Ubuntu needs about 4.5 GB to install, so add a few extra GB to allow for your files.

Ubuntu asks you for ...

During the instalaltion, Ubuntu asks you some questions about yourself. No, it doesn't ask you to go out for a beer. Just, like any other operating system, Ubuntu needs to configure itself... local time, language, keyboard layout, username etc...

Check if your location is correct and click 'Continue' to proceed. If you're unsure of your time zone, type the name of the town you're in or click on the map and we'll help you find it.

Select your prefered keyboard layout. Click on the language option you need. If you’re not sure, click the ‘Detect Keyboard Layout’ button for help. Afterward click "Continue" to proceed.

Enter your login and password details. If you like check "Log in automatically" and press "Continue" to proceed.

Ok that's it. Now sit back and wait while the system installs…

And yeah, that's the final message saying that installation is complete.

Please remove the CD-Rom or USB from your PC and hit "Enter" to reboot.

Go to the next page to update your system

Update and Upgrade

Once you boot into Ubuntu 12.04 you will see the Desktop; this is Unity. Before you play around with your new toys, we recommended update your pre-installed applications to the latest version. Also, bug fixes and security updates will automatically installed. Follow the instruction below and take a look to the video.

Open your terminal by typing "terminal" into Dash search field or press Ctrl+Alt+T

[toggle title="How to update"]

# Open Terminal and type
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
# then reboot your PC


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Now reboot your PC and you're ready to boot in back to the all brand new Ubuntu 12.04.


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