Top 5 tips for before you install Ubuntu to dual boot

When people want to try out linux, ontop of their windows partition, they usually dual boot. Here are some tips to do BEFORE you install Ubuntu.

  1. Backup, backup, BACKUP – I cannot stress how much you need to realise that they may be a error when installing. Backup your data to a seperate hard drive, flash drive, cd/dvd or the internet. Just incase something goes wrong.
  2. Think why you want to actually install Ubuntu. Maybe curiosity, bordom etc. If you dont have a good reason, theres no need to install Ubuntu.
  3. Make a list of the programs you use every day and if they are supported on linux, and if not, find alternatives.
  4. Run a live boot cd! Ubuntu comes with a live boot cd, use this to make sure all your hardware works fine, wireless, printer, webcam, etc. I know running from a live cd can and is slow, but its better to be safe than sorry.
  5. If you dont dare partition your hard drive, use wubi. Wubi comes on the Ubuntu Cd. (Look at the next post to see how to install Wubi)

If anyone has any extra tips on how to install ubuntu, leave a comment below. And if you have any other tips you would like to share, then go onto and email me.