Replacing XP With Linux Ubuntu: Part 1

Brenda from Australia writes:

So how do I uninstall Windows XP and install Ubuntu and do you have a step by step procedure for us?

Brenda, you are one of many to ask that question.  So let’s look at how to accomplish this task. I’ll warn you up front, it’s not super-simple. But it is a good alternative for XP users who are looking for the least expensive way to replace their operating system. We discussed the advantages of Linux Ubuntu in this article.


What we’re giving you is basic installation guide on how to install Ubuntu over Windows XP in a very simple way. At the end of this tutorial you will have a latest version of Ubuntu running successfully on your computer.


 There are 2 ways you can install Ubuntu on your computer: Booting through a CD/DVD or through a USB drive.
 Ubuntu is a free distribution of Linux. Unlike Windows, you do not need to pay a single penny for Ubuntu. So we just need to simply download Ubuntu ISO from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop and choose your desired Ubuntu version and your required bit.


You can choose between 32 bit and 64 bit (if you are using a partition with less space, then certainly opt for 32bit option). You can choose between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with long term support release or you can choose Ubuntu 13.10 which is an updated version filled with exiting new Linux materials and applications. Download the ISO free of cost and get ready to burn it.


 After downloading the ISO image you can either burn it on a CD/DVD or create a bootable USB stick through the instructions below:

 If you are burning the ISO into a CD/DVD

 Use your default windows image burner or your favorite burning software (like Nero) into a CD or DVD.

 Note: Latest image file of Ubuntu is around 870Mb so it’s better to burn the ISO onto a DVD rather than a CD.

 If you are burning the ISO into a CD/DVD

Use your default windows image burner or your favorite burning software (like Nero) into a CD or DVD.
 Note: Latest image file of Ubuntu is around 870Mb so it’s better to burn the ISO onto a DVD rather than a CD.

 If you want to create a bootable USB stick

 Note: Make sure to keep a backup of the existing USB files before moving forward.

 Simply go to http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ and download Universal USB Installer. Follow the picture shown below to download.

 

  • Open the downloaded file and click on “I Agree” button and proceed.

  • You will be able to see a create button on the next window. Click on it.

  • Now you have to choose Ubuntu from other options as shown in the picture below.

 

  • Next step is to browse the Ubuntu ISO file from your local drive. Click the “Browse” option and go to the folder where Ubuntu ISO is downloaded and select it.

  • Then choose the Drive in which your USB stick is inserted i.e. D: or E: or F: or etc.

 

  • Finally, click on create and wait for the installation to be completed.

 As soon as it is done you will be ready with a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu installation files.

In Part 2 of this article, we’ll move on to the installation process.

~ Nelson Gomez


 

3 thoughts on “Replacing XP With Linux Ubuntu: Part 1

  1. I went right to the Ubunto site and it downloaded but didn’t put on dvd as you instructed. Does that mean this isn’t for real. I want to get off line with XP to use my notebook for embroidery ddesign transfer to my sewing machine. I can download from embroidery site to stick and use stick in notebook Did purchase 8.1 computer for this purpose but like smaller notebook for sewing machine. Need all help I can get Thank you

    1. Isabelle, you have to make a bootable DVD or memory stick in order to be able to start the Ubuntu installation. Using a stick is more tricky, as your BIOS must read it as HDD, but is the only option if you don’t have a DVD-ROM.

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