There are many ways to get an Ubuntu installation disk, these are detailed on the GettingUbuntu page. If you are planning on downloading and burning your own installation disk, please refer to BurningIsoHowto.
To acquire Ubuntu, you can order a free CD from Canonical or purchase a CD or DVD from a distributer You can also download and burn the image to a CD or DVD. You can download the Ubuntu installer from Canonical. Downloading the installer requires a blank CD or DVD, and a CD or DVD burner that is capable of burning disc images.
To download Ubuntu Desktop Edition:
Using your web browser, navigate to http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
- Select the architecture of your processor (32 or 64 bit).
- Click "Start download". A pop up window opens, prompting you where to run or save the file.
- In Internet Explorer, click Run to automatically open the installation file in a CD burning utility or click Save to save the file to your disk. In Mozilla Firefox, select Open with to open the installation file in a CD burning utility or select Save File to save the file to your disk.
After downloading the Ubuntu installation CD image, you need to burn it to a CD or DVD. See BurningIsoHowto for detailed instructions on burning ISO disk images.
To burn the installation disk to a CD or DVD:
- Place a recordable CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive.
- Load an application that is capable of burning .ISO image files to CDs or DVDs.
- Using your CD and DVD writing program, copy the disk image to your blank CD or DVD.
To Install Ubuntu
Ubuntu can be installed with the graphical CD. Make sure that your computer is set to boot from a CD before a hard drive.
- Insert the Ubuntu disc into your CD drive.
Start or restart your computer. The Language screen appears. If you reboot your computer and do not see the language selection screen (seen below without the option to try without installing), please refer to BootFromCD.
Select your desired language and click Install Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. The Where are you? window appears.
Select the location closest to your location and click Forward. The Keyboard layout window appears.
If the Suggested option is not correct, select the correct keyboard layout. Click Forward. The Prepare disk space window appears.
If you want to install Ubuntu over your entire hard drive, then Select Guided – use entire disk and select the hard drive that you want to install Ubuntu.
WARNING: Installing Ubuntu on your entire hard disk will erase all data that is currently on the drive.
If you want to install Ubuntu on a single partition Dual Booting, Select Guided – resize. In the New partition size area, drag the area between the two partitions to create your desired partition sizes. Click Forward.
The Who are you? window appears.
Enter the requested information, and click Forward. The Ready to install window appears.
Verify that the language, layout, location, and personal information are correct and click Install. The installation wizard begins.
When the installation wizard finishes, the Installation complete window appears.
Click Restart now to restart your computer. Ubuntu is now installed.