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Do you need to install Ubuntu on your Dell computer? There are a few things that you need to decide, and obtain, before you proceed with the guide below.
Have you checked whether Canonical has certified your computer type for Ubuntu?
If not, then go to the Canonical site and check if Canonical has tested and supports your model.
If you have verified that your computer is supported, go to the next step.
Do you have a copy of the latest DVD or USB installation media from Canonical? These include the latest updates and fixes for this operating system.
You can download the appropriate Ubuntu ISO from Canonical .
If you purchased your computer from Dell with Ubuntu already installed, there are recovery images on your computer. See the article: How to recover a Dell-Ubuntu Image on your Dell PC for more information.
There are three things to consider before you start installing Ubuntu:
The type or format of your storage media can affect how you go about installing Ubuntu on your computer. It matters whether you are installing on a new M2 card. On a standard SATA hard disk drive. On the same SATA hard disk drives in an Intel Matrix RAID configuration. Check that your computer's hardware allows you to make the kind of installation you need. Alternatively, read through the articles below to learn how to choose the right installation method for your computer hardware:
The difference between Legacy and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS configurations can be the difference between a successful installation and a failure. Check out the linked articles below for more information about the subject:
Press the F2 key on start up to enter the BIOS setup screens. Ensure that the BIOS is set to UEFI, and disable the Legacy option ROMS, and disable the secure boot.
Like any other operating system, Ubuntu is constantly looking to improve its usage and performance. The difference with Ubuntu is that you have two update options at any time:
This update is available every two years and Canonical fully supports it with updates for five years. It is considered a tested and stable build.
This update is available every six months and Canonical only supports it with updates for nine months. These releases are considered to be cutting-edge, but they can have issues. Testers and developers usually use these updates.
If you are looking to upgrade to a new version of Ubuntu, check out the article Upgrading Ubuntu to the latest version?
Insert the Ubuntu disk into your DVD drive or connect your bootable USB into a port on the computer.
Tap rapidly on the F12 key when the Dell logo appears during startup. This takes you to the Boot Once menu.
You can use the Cursor or Arrow keys to navigate the menu and select your choice. You can choose to either boot from USB or Boot from CD/DVD Drive. Once your Choice is highlighted, press the ENTER key.
When the computer reboots, choose the Try Ubuntu option. This option checks whether Ubuntu can see your hardware.
When you are ready to proceed, click the Install Ubuntu button. The install wizard should appear and prompt you through some choices.
Select your install language and click Continue.
The Keyboard layout window appears. Select the correct keyboard layout for your computer and click Continue.
The Preparing to install Ubuntu window appears. Choose the applicable options and click Continue.
If you do not have a wired connection plugged in, the install takes you through setting up a Wireless Wi-Fi connection.
The Installation type window appears. Several options are available.
If you want to Dual Boot install Ubuntu alongside other operating systems, read the guide below before you select the Something Else Option:
If you want to install Ubuntu over your entire hard drive, click Erase disk and install Ubuntu. Then select the hard drive that you want to install Ubuntu onto and go to step 3.
If you want to manually set up various custom partitions on the hard drive, see the guide below before you select the Something Else option:
Next, you need to set up a few configuration settings, starting with the Where are you? window.
Select your location from the options on the map or type it into the text box and click Continue.
Enter your personal information into the Who are you? window.
While the operating system is installing, the screen scrolls through screenshots that gives you further information about Ubuntu.
When the install wizard finishes, the Installation complete message window appears. Click Restart Now to restart your computer.
Ubuntu is now installed. See the article Configuring Ubuntu on your Dell PC for initial setup advice.
Desktops & All-in-Ones, Chromebox, Laptops, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS
09 Nov 2022