If you’ve ever wanted to try out the Linux operating system, but don’t want to set up a separate machine, install another hard drive or try to re-partition your current hard drive out of fear of losing everything on your hard disk?
Ubuntu Linux gives you the ability to try out Linux by booting it from the installation CD or USB flash drive, so you can check the features and see if it’s something you want to install. You can install it side by side with Windows and have the option to boot into either operating system if you decide you want to give it a shot. Ubuntu will take care of resizing the drive and creating a partition all by itself, so you don’t have to do anything but just watch the process and answer a few simple questions like what language and time zone you want to use.
Simply put the CD on the drive to install Ubuntu from within Windows and it should auto run and show you the Ubuntu menu. To start the installation simply click Install inside Windows from the main menu.
You will be asked to choose which drive you want to install it on if you have more than one, how much room you want the installation to use and other things like setting up a username and password.
Ubuntu will go through the installation process and will prompt you to answer questions like language and keyboard configuration etc. Then after the installation is complete you reboot and at startup you will have a dual boot screen where you can choose to load Windows or Linux.
If you want to uninstall Linux from your system and have things back the way they were then just boot into Windows and browse to the folder C:\ubuntu, and double-click Uninstall.exe to delete Ubuntu from your machine.
Ubuntu Linux can be downloaded for free here.