Dual Boot Ubuntu 17.04 and Windows 10 in UEFI Firmware

Howdy guys welcome to my blog TechPixar, this is the first post of this blog, and this blog is mainly focused on the Linux stuff including all distros, tips and tricks and tutorials. I started this blog on Linux because I’m a diehard fan of Ubuntu and Linux Enthusiastic. I like to use Ubuntu as my primary OS because it’s light-weight and elegant & secure. Our post is dual boot latest Ubuntu 17.04 or Ubuntu 17.10 and Windows 10 in UEFI firmware systems.

Canonical has been released the latest Ubuntu 17.04 with the new Desktop Environment called GNOME. The new Ubuntu looks awesome with the new GNOME shell.

This tutorial performed on the Predator Helios 300 that has Core i5 7th Generator, 128GB SSD, 8 GB RAM and build in Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB graphics card. Well this what I have, don’t worry you don’t need to have such configuration of your Desktop/Laptop. But you just have the minimum 4GB RAM, Intel HD graphics, Intel Core i3 processor, and HDD or SSD.

This tutorial is also applicable for the other Linux Distributions which are based on Ubuntu such as Elementary OS, Linux Mint and other. And we’ve pre-assumed that you’ve already installed Windows 10 or other Windows in your system, and now we’re going to dual boot with the Ubuntu 17.04 or Ubuntu 17.10

Dual Boot Ubuntu 17.04 and Windows 10 UEFI Firmware

Before we proceed further to install Ubuntu 17.04 alongside Windows 10 you should have the following files to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 10. But let’s discuss the prerequisites first,

  • A Desktop/Laptop with Windows 10 or Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled (UEFI instead of BIOS firmware)
  • Ubuntu 17.04 or Ubuntu 17.10 ISO file ( you can download from the official Ubuntu’s website
  • A USB drive has the capacity of at least 4GB Rufus Utility to make USB drive bootable.
  • And Geeky Mind 😛

Step 1: Make Partition For Ubuntu 

1. Ensure that your system should have sufficient space to install the Ubuntu 17.04 alongside Windows 10, you should have at-least 50B space on any partition and you have to shrink 50GB to make a new unallocated partition, you can shrink more space from your partition if you need to install more application on Ubuntu or store images, music, and other files. To create Partition follow steps.

Create Partition

2. Open the Disk Management and Right click on any partition that has sufficient space to make the new partition for the Ubuntu.

3. Now shrink at least 50000 MB (for 50 GB) from any partition that has sufficient space and shrinks it. Once the new partition created then it should be shown as unallocated partition like below image.

So you have a partition ready to install Ubuntu 17.04 alongside Windows 10 in UEFI firmware. Now let’s create a bootable Ubuntu installation USB drive.

Step 2: Make Bootable Installation USB Drive

To create bootable USB flash drive, and you should have a USB drive and Rufus utility to make it bootable. Now follow basic steps given below.

1. Insert your USB drive on your computer and open the Rufus.

2. Then select the Ubuntu 17.04 ISO that you’ve downloaded earlier and clicked on “Start”

3. Then it will ask you to download syslinux to make bootable live USB of any Linux Distro simply click on yes

4. Now it will prompt to show that ISOHybrid image detected Simply select Write in ISO image mode

Now You’ve Partition ready and bootable installation drive ready now let’s reboot your PC and boot into Ubuntu Installation Drive 🙂

Step 3: Install Ubuntu 17.04 Alongside Windows 10

Now Press the F2, F12 or whatever your system’s boot menu key is, it and select your USB flash drive having UEFI label behind it and hit Enter!

Now you should see a screen and you need to select the “Install Ubuntu” option and the installation screen will come up. Now you need to follow the screen and installation wizard.

1. Next screen will ask you to install the new updates and the third-party software for graphics and wifi hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media, you can install them later once you’re dual booted.

2. Now here you need to select the option “Something Else” to create the three partition to work properly Ubuntu with the Windows 10 and click on Continue.

3. Now here you can see that there’s free space on the Partition table you need to make 3 partitions by clicking the “+” button to make partition one after one. Now you need to create these three partitions.

  • root “/” partition for your root folder
  • home partition for accounts data like Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures….etc
  • swap partition if you have 4 GB or less RAM on your computer or you are using an SSD.

1. swap Partition

Follow the below image to configure and create the swap partition.

2. /home Partition

Follow the below image to configure and create the /home partition.

3. root Partition

Follow the below image to configure and create the root partition.

4. Once you made these 3 partitions with custom partition scheme, then you just have to click on Continue

Now it will prompt you to write the change to disks, just click on Continue again!

5. Now select your region you are from and click on “Continue” and select your preferred Keyboard Layout and press & click on “Continue

6. Here you need to make your credentials, so enter your username and the password to log-in as a root or Administrator later.

7. Once you’ve entered your credentials now the installation process will start copying the files, wait for the installation to be finished.

8. Once the Installation is finished the “Reboot” your System!

When your system reboots, and you’ll see the Grub menu that lists your Ubuntu an well as Windows 10, now choose your Operating System that you want to use, Obviously, you’ve selected Ubuntu for the first use 😛

Now you should see an awesome, light-weight operating System which is smooth, secure and beautiful. Now you can easily switch between Ubuntu and Windows you just need to reboot your System and then select your OS from the Grub /menu that you want to use.

So now you’re getting started with the Ubuntu 17.10 and it’s little bit different from earlier version, if you don’t have any idea what to first, how to setup Ubuntu then do read our article on 15 things to do after installing Ubuntu 17.10 this will help you.

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