How to Install Ubuntu and Windows 8 Through Windows 11 as a Dual Boot on your Dell Computer (2022)

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Table of Contents:

  1. Do you need to Dual Boot your computer with Ubuntu and a Windows OS?
  2. Things to know and check before you start an install
  3. Windows needs to be the First Boot on the Hard Drive
  4. Setting up the Install Partitions
  5. Installing Ubuntu as the Second Operating System
  6. Configuring the Boot Order

Do you need to Dual Boot your computer with Ubuntu and a Windows OS?

This guide takes you through how to set up your computer to dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows.

NOTE: If you install an operating system other than the one that shipped with your computer, then you do so at your own risk. Dell cannot certify that the hardware iscompatible and we cannot support the computer in that configuration. This article is provided as information for those customers who want to dual boot, but it is carried out at your own risk.

Where Windows is already installed on your computer, or you install windows first before installing Ubuntu.

It is recommended that a Windows operating system should be installed first. Windows does not include Non-Microsoft operating systems in its boot-menu. Installing windows can also affect any information already on your Hard Drive.

This article deals with recent Windows Operating Systems such as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

If you want to install a legacy Windows operating system, use the article that is linked below:

  • How to Install Ubuntu and Windows Vista or 7 as a Dual Boot on your Dell PC

Have you checked that your computer type is one of those certified by Canonical as being suitable for Ubuntu?

  1. If not, then go tothe Canonical siteHow to Install Ubuntu and Windows 8 Through Windows 11 as a Dual Boot on your Dell Computer (1) and confirm thatCanonical and Dell supports your model for Ubuntu.

  2. If you have and it is supported on this list, then carry on.

NOTE: If your computer did not ship with Ubuntu, and you have an issue that requires Technical Support Assistance to resolve. You may be asked to return the computer to the condition it shipped from Dell and advise if the issue continues at that point. If it does not, then there would be limited support possible at that point. This guide talks about Windows 8, through to 11alongside Ubuntu 16.04 to current.


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Things to know and check before you start an install

There are three things that you need to considerbefore you start an Ubuntu Install:

  1. To check the type of hardware that you are trying to install to?
  2. To check the type of BIOS settings that you need for your install?
  3. To check what version of Ubuntu that you are looking to install?

What type of Hardware are you installing to and does it change how you go about your install?

The type or format of your storage media can affect how you would go about installing Ubuntu on your computer. That can be anything from installing on one of the new M2 cards. Frominstalling on a standard SATA hard disk drive.Orinstalling on the same SATA hard disk drives setin an Intel Matrix RAID configuration. Check the PCs hardware allows you to make the install you need.Alternatively, read through the articles that are linked below to get an idea of how to change your installation method to accommodate your computer hardware:

  • Installing Ubuntu on Systems using PCIe M2 Card Drives on your Dell PC
  • Installing Ubuntu on a Dell OptiPlex PC with RAID

NOTE: USB 2.0 and older removable media devices are not supported on computers using the new Intel SkyLake Processors. The Chipsets for the CPUs no longer support the USB 2.0 Hub.

What BIOS settings do you need to go about your UEFI install?

NOTE: Be Aware the latest generation of Dell computershas dropped Legacy support from their BIOS.

The difference between Legacy and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS setupscan be the difference between an install succeeding or failing. Follow the information below:

Press the F2 key on start up to enter the BIOS. Ensure that the BIOS is set to UEFI, and disable the Legacy option ROMS and disable thesecure boot.

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NOTE: Not every Dell BIOS has the same appearance and the page names may change depending on the model type. However, these general instructions work on any Dell BIOS that supports an Ubuntu install.

  • Updating the Dell BIOS in Ubuntu Environments

Which version of Ubuntu are you looking to install?

Ubuntu as with any other operating system is constantly looking to improve and better its usage and performance. What is different with Ubuntu is that you have the option of two updates at any time:

The first is the most recent Long-Term Support (LTS) release.

This update is available every two years and Canonical supports itwith updates for five years. It is considered a tested and stable build.

The second is the most recent Normal release.

This update is available every 6 months and Canonical supports updates for 9 months. These normal releases are considered to be cutting edge but can have issues because of this. Testers and developers use this type of build.

If you are looking instead to upgrade to a new version of Ubuntu, then check out the article that is linked below:

  • Upgrading Ubuntu to the latest version?

NOTE: There have been reports that certain Windows setups using the Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver, can cause issues during the install. You can find out more from Canonical on the following link:


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Windows needs to be the First Boot on the Hard Drive

Windows needs to be installed first.

Where Windows is not already installed, use one of these guides on the link below. It showsthe correct install guide for the Operating System (OS) you are using:

  • An online guide to reinstalling/restoring your Operating System on your Dell PC

NOTE: Remember:While setting up your boot partition in the Windows Setup, partition the Hard Drive to leave space for the Ubuntu install later on. This saves you a lot of time and effort later on. Remember whenever you work on your operating system it is best practice to have a recent backup, in case anything goes wrong.

Windows is already installed.

Most computers come with a version of Windows that is already installed and it takes up the whole hard drive. The Windows partition needs to be shrunk. This frees space for the Ubuntu partition.


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Setting up the Install Partitions

  1. It is best to do this step from within the windows OS.

  • Windows11, and Windows10
  • Windows8.1, and Windows8

Windows 11, and Windows 10

UseDisk Management:

  1. Open Disk Management as an administrator.

  1. Select the Volume (partition) you want to shrink and click Action from the task bar.

  2. Select all tasks and then Shrink Volume from the action menu.

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  1. Select the correct amounts for your PC and click Shrink.

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Windows8.1 and Windows8

UseDisk Management:

  1. Press the Win+Xkeys at theHome Screen.

  2. SelectDisk Managementon the menu that appears.

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  1. You right-click the partition and selectShrink Volumeand follow the instructions on-screen.

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NOTE: Do not try and create a partition for Linux here. The Ubuntu Install deals with this.

NOTE: If you have resized the windows boot partition and cannot boot windows, then you can use the Windows Recovery tools to fix it. See here for guides on this.

  1. Once you have sufficientUnallocated Spaceon the Hard Drive, then it is straightforward to install Ubuntu as the second operating system. You want to boot from your Ubuntu DVD or USB drive.

  2. Ensure you are logged in as an Administrator and check if Fast Startup is disabled. (This can affect whether GRUB can pick up your Windows installation at a later stage.)

    1. Open theControl Panel. (The windows key + X is a shortcut on all recent versions.)

    2. Open thePower Options.

    3. Select Choose what the power button does.

    4. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.

    5. Ensure that the box marked Turn on Fast Startup (Recommended) is disabled.


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Installing Ubuntu as the Second Operating System

Follow the steps indicated below to install Ubuntu on your Dell PC and configure the BIOS to use grubx64.EFI (Required for normal operation):

  1. Have you got a copy of the latest DVD or USB installation media from Canonical? These include the latest updates and fixes for this operating system. (You may want to use a third-party application like RufusHow to Install Ubuntu and Windows 8 Through Windows 11 as a Dual Boot on your Dell Computer (10) to create the bootable USB drive.) If you have decided which version of Ubuntu you want to install, you can download the appropriate Ubuntu ISO fromCanonicalHow to Install Ubuntu and Windows 8 Through Windows 11 as a Dual Boot on your Dell Computer (11).

NOTE: Dell does not recommend or support applications like Rufus. Third-party applications are used at your own risk.

  1. Tap rapidly on the F12 key at the Dell splash screen on startup. It brings up andBoot Oncemenu. Using the Cursor/ArrowKeys, select your method of boot and press the ENTERkey.

  2. When the setup boots, choose theTry Ubuntuoption. This option checks that your hardware is seen OK by Ubuntu.

  3. When you are ready to proceed, click theInstall Ubuntubutton. The install wizard appearsandprompts you through some choices.

  4. Select yourinstall languageand clickContinue.

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  1. The Keyboard layout window appears. Select the correct keyboard layout for your computer and clickContinue.

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  1. The Preparing to install Ubuntuwindow appears. Choose the applicable options and clickContinue.

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  1. If you do not have a wired connection plugged in, the install takes you through setting up a wireless Wi-Fi connection.

  2. TheInstallation Typewindow appears. Several options are available.

    1. If you want toDual Bootinstall Ubuntu alongside other Operating Systems, read the guide below before you select theInstall Ubuntu alongsideOption. Go to step 14.

    2. If you want to install Ubuntu over your entire hard drive, clickErase DiskandInstall Ubuntu. Then select the Hard Drive that you want to install Ubuntu onto. You want to read the guide below for more information.

      • Installing Ubuntu on your Dell PC

        NOTE: As stated this erases all data and computers that are currently on the disk.

    3. If you want to manually set up various partitionings on the Hard Drive, read the guide below before you select theSomething Elseoption.

      • Creating multiple custom partitions during the Ubuntu Install

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  1. During installation you areaskedHow do you want to partition the disk?

  2. In the setup, choose to install the OS to either:

    1. Thelargest available free space

      1. Down asResize IDE1 master, partition #1 (hda1) and use freed space

      2. Choose the size of the new partition as a percentage of the Hard Drive and clickForward.

      3. Continue with the Install.

    2. Select a partition that youhave already createdfor Ubuntu.

      1. Marked down asManually edit partition table.

      2. Select the partition that you want from the list that is provided and press Enter.

      3. ClickSizethen ENTERandYesand ENTERagain.

      4. Choose thesize in Gigabytesand press ENTER.

  3. You can create further partitions if you use the guide below.

NOTE: You need at least 20 GB for your Ubuntu install Partition.

  1. SelectFinish partitioning and write changes to disk.

  2. ClickInstall Now. From this point, you cannot cancel the installation.

  3. You need to set up a few configuration settings. TheWhere are you?Window appears next.

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  1. Select the location closest to where you are on the map or enter it into the text box and clickContinue.

NOTE: If you are unsure what your layout is, you can now select the Detect Keyboard Layout button for help.

  1. TheWho are you?Window appears. You want to enter your information at this point.

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  1. While the operating system installs, the screen scrolls through different screenshots. They give you further information about the Ubuntu revision you are installing on your computer.

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  1. When the install wizard finishes, you get the Installation is completemessage window up. ClickRestart Nowto restart your computer.

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Configuring the Boot Order

The computer reboots into the GRUB menu and sits for 10 seconds while you choose which Operating System you want to boot with. Ubuntu 16.04 to current, or Windows 8 to 11.

Ubuntu is set as the default OS to boot to. That means if you press the Enter key or wait out the 10 seconds, it boots straight to Ubuntu.

Once Ubuntu finishes loading, login in with the username and password you set. Since version 16.04, Ubuntu has provided NTFS file system support automatically.That means you can access information and files from the Windows partitions by clicking the Windows Volume.

If you want to change to the windows installation, reboot the PC and choose the windows partition from the GRUB menu.

You can go to the guide below for some initial setup information:

NOTE: If you have completed the installation and there are any issues, the easiest and quickest resolution is to run the install again.

  • Configuring Ubuntu on your Dell PC


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Additional Information

NOTE:
Software support is provided by Canonical through the following methods:

Technical Support is provided by Dell:

  • Contact Us


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