When choosing how to install, some options will completely erase your drive before doing so. Please read carefully the description of your options below before choosing an install method. If you are comfortable managing partitions, we recommend doing so manually.
How to Install Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
· 32 or 64 bit
CD, DVD or USB
You can Download Ubuntu 14.04 from Ubuntu.com. The file size is just under a Gigabyte and may take anything from a few minutes to a few hours, depending primarily on your connection speed. Downloads will be faster after the first day of release (as less people download).
32 or 64 Bit
A good general rule of thumb is if your computer has 4 GB of RAM or more, go for 64bit. Any less, and you should use 32bit. You might need to know how to find out how much ram you have, if you don’t already know, in Ubuntu, Windows, or OS X. You might want to take a look at the pros and cons. Basically, 64bit is faster.
DVD or USB
To install Ubuntu, you must first put the installation image onto some form of media. Your choices are DVD or USB (the image has grown too large for most CDs). Most computers can boot from both, unless they lack a disc drive, in which case you can skip the next paragraph, as you’ll be using a USB then.
For DVDs, RW means you can write new data again and again, whereas R means once the Ubuntu installation image is on there, there it will stay. It can be used again, but never written to again. As for + or -, + means a computer can treat it like a USB drive, whereas – is a little older and won’t. Either + or -, and R or RW will work for this.
USB sticks need to be at least 2GB in size, and be prepared for it to be formatted (everything deleted).
How to burn a DVD on Windows
How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows
How to burn a DVD on OS X
How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X
How to burn a DVD on Ubuntu
How to create a bootable USB stick on Ubuntu
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Install Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
Once you’ve put the image you downloaded onto a DVD or USB, you will need to shut down your computer. This may be a good time to print this page, or just read through and make notes, if you’re planning to install on this computer.
Once fully shutdown, Turn your computer back on, tapping the Setup key to select a boot device when your screen shows the name of the manufacturer. This key is usually a Function key (F1 toF12), or something like ESC. It will be shown on the BIOS, the screen displaying the manufacturers logo, usually along the bottom labeled Setup or Boot Settings. You can then use the arrow keys, finally hitting enter, to select either USB or Disc Drive.
1. Click Install
Once Ubuntu has booted, you will be presented with a screen that looks like this.
Click Install Ubuntu to install. You can open the installer again later if you choose to try it out, but remember it will be far slower running from a Disc/USB than had you installed it, and nothing you do will actually be saved.
2. Check both Boxes
We recommend checking both boxes, but if you don’t want to install all updates while installing, or don’t want to play MP3 files (music), then you can leave the relevant box(es) unchecked.
If you don’t have at least 4.5GB of available drive space, then you can’t continue. If you’re not plugged in, then plug in before continuing. If you’re not connected to the internet, then you’ll be prompted to connect when you click continue. You can do it now using the icon to the left of the sound menu to connect. Mine shows two arrows, as I’m plugged in, disconnected it looks different, and a little change again if using WiFi. You can continue without connecting, but you won’t be able to get updates, or any language packs you may require.
3. Choose How to Install
Yours will probably look a little different to mine here. My hard drive doesn’t have anything on it yet, so i can choose either to use the whole disk, or specify partitions manually (surprisingly easy stuff). Yours may have a slightly different first option, and one or two extra.
It may say Delete Windows and Install Ubuntu and Shrink Windows and Install Ubuntu Alongside.
Choosing to install alongside will mean you are presented with a menu with the option to choose which operating system with the arrow keys and enter every time you turn on your computer.