How to install Windows and Linux – part2

unetbootin usb-creator

How to install Windows and Linux – part2 in this article we are going to intstall some necessary software for our new cool pc with two operating systems Windows and Linux side by side.

First you need to download some programs for making bootable Linux usb-stick. When you succeed you will have a live linux distribution on usb stick. And remember: – This is going to be the coolest thing you ever had!

Download necessary software

First you need to download Linux Ubuntu operating system. After done, download unetbootin and you are ready to rock!

So, now you have your files and you are ready to do next steps! In this tutorial i will show you how to run your unetbootin program and use ubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso file. ( at the time i was doing this tutorial the current version was 18.04.3 LTS, so don’t bother with version numbers, your version will probably be something different)

Installing unetbootin program for making linux usb stick

Prepare your favorite usb stick (make sure you don’t have something important on it) and format it fat32 filesystem (this is some default for usb-stick’s).

formating usb stick fat filesystem windows 8.1
Right click on mouse and choose Format

formating usb-stick fat32 windows 8.1

…wait till is done and now activate unetbootin. You can allso scan this file using your antivirus software. After scanning activate unetbootin program!

Activate your unetbootin application – making bootable usb-stick

This is the most important step. If you want to learn how to install windows and linux you have to make a bootable-usb stick which contains operating system on it. With proper adjustments this bootable media can run Linux Ubuntu directly from usb-stick. You are probably wondering how is this possible?! The craiziest thing is – you can also run any computer even those without hard disk. – Woow!!! Now, let’s open unetbootin!


selecting unetbootin windows application for making linux ubuntu usb stick
…activate unetbootin

activating unetbootin

…now select your linux ubuntu iso file and location where is your usb-stick we previously called “ubuntu”

how to install windows and linux part 2 - using unetbootin and selecting iso image

…select your linux ubuntu iso image

how to install windows and linux part 2 - selecting ubuntu iso file

…click open and wait till process finish.

how to install windows and linux part 2 - unetbootin in progress

Booting with Linux Ubuntu usb-stick

After installing unetbooting and preparing usb-stick all you have to do is reboot your computer, hit delete key (or whatever key you must use for entering bios/uefi) immediately while your computer is powering up end enter in Bios / Uefi. I guess everybody allready know how to do this?!

I will tell you more about entering Bios / Uefi if you didn’t do it before! Generally speaking, almost all Desktop computers has the same procedures. Just hit delete key while your computer is powering up and you’ll be in Bios / Uefi. On Notebooks is slightly different procedure, some models use F2, Esc, F8 …etc key …So the best idea is to google for your Notebook model and put a keywords “<your model name> how to enter bios” in search.

Setting your Bios / Uefi boot priority

You can now setup in Bios / Uefi your first drive, default is set to boot from your existing hard disk and you have to choose to boot from usb-stick. I will give you some preview how looks bios/uefi on my computer.

On this preview you can see red circle, this is what you will looking for. From this point you can set your first boot device, right now (picture below) is set to boot windows system directly from first hard disk. You have to navigate your way through this menu to set your first boot device (usb-stick).

how to install windows and linux part 2 - example of my bios uefi default configuration

This is my default Uefi / Bios and my first device is ASUS DRW-24F1ST actually this is DVD-ROM drive. Second is labeled TOSHIBA HDWD110 this is my hard disk and those last two Silicon-Power4G presents my usb-stick.

how to install windows and linux part2 - selecting usb-stick in bios uefi

Now im selecting my USB stick to be my first boot device. This motherboard is newer version and it has both options legacy bios and uefi. In this example i was using highlighted option USB:UFD 2.0 Silicon-Power4G 1. which refers legacy bios. (the other option will be covered also in future articles). After done i will press F10 key or select save changes & exit.

Installing Windows and Linux or just Linux – it’s up to you to decide

If you succeed installing ubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso file on usb-stick and you successfully booted your new Linux Ubuntu system you can play with it for a while, (try it but do not install) and after do some testing turn off your computer because we are going to install windows first (do not forget to remove usb-stick) … or if you are medium-crazy user you can install it right now without Windows) seriously if you going to do that, skip this part where we install Windows. For all those who are brave enough to install only linux … Follow But!

how to install windows and linux part 2 - windows user switching to linux
Follow. But! Follow only if ye be men of valour, for the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived! Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair. So, brave knights, if you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth. (Windows user on their way to Linux world) 😀

If you find all this stuff too confusing you are probably coming from some external source, you should read all previous articles on How to install Windows and Linux, maybe you’ve miss some very important explanation. Maybe this helps: How to install Windows and Linux – part1

How to install Windows and Linux – part2 mainly focuses on how to make bootable usb-stick directly from your existing windows installation, after this step we are going to “clean” all content of hard disk (i hope you have your Windows CD or DVD and you have successfully created bootable usb-stick with Linux Ubuntu on it). Make sure you have backup of all your precious data!

Author: Krunoslav Kralj

Im Linux enthusiast from Croatia using Linux for 13 years! My first Linux was - Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), released on 18 October 2007. After some time iv'e switched to Centos 6. Im still using Ubuntu for my daily tasks, and i really miss my Centos 6 which reminds me to some older versions of Ubuntu.

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