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Beginners Guide to Install Ubuntu Using Win32 Disk Imager

Linux is a very popular OS among tech-savvy users. That is due to the features it offers and its overall performance. There are lots of Linux distributions out there and it can be hard to pick a right Linux distro. In this guide, I'm going to show you how to install Ubuntu with the help of Win32 Disk Imager. Ubuntu is one of the most user-friendly Linux operating systems. Therefore, installing Ubuntu on your computer will be relatively easy for you. This tutorial will help you download the Ubuntu ISO image, make a bootable USB drive and install Ubuntu on your computer.

How To Create A Bootable USB Drive Using Win32 Disk Imager

The easiest way to install Ubuntu is by using a USB drive. If you don't have a USB drive, you can use a blank DVD as an alternative. But using a DVD is not recommended since DVDs are slow and burning them is prone to errors. Before getting into the installation process, have the following things ready.

First of all, you have to choose whether you want to install Ubuntu (64 bit) or Ubuntu (32 bit). If your computer RAM is below 4GB then it would be wise to pick 32 bit. But if your RAM is higher than that, by all means, pick the 64-bit version as it offers more features and stability. After deciding what to install, you can go to the official Ubuntu website and download the appropriate Ubuntu ISO.

  • After downloading the appropriate Ubuntu ISO, you need to have a bootable USB creator to make the installation media. For this, you have to download software like Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher.  
  • Download the Win32 Disk Imager or Etcher from their official websites and install them on your computer. 
  • Now plug a blank USB drive into your computer and launch the Win32 Disk Imager utility. It doesn't matter whether you use a blank USB drive or not as it will get formatted anyway. But it is best to use a blank USB drive to avoid any complications. You should also make sure that your USB drive has at least 8 GB of space to copy Ubuntu installation files. If all requirements are met, plug the USB drive into the computer.
  • Open the Win32 Disk Imager and now it will detect your USB drive and will indicate that. 
  • After that locate the Ubuntu .ISO file that you've downloaded by clicking on the "Browse" button or directly dragging the file into the software. 
  • To avoid mistakes, please check all the processes once again just to ensure everything is right. Now, click on "Start" to start the process. Win32 Disk Imager will now format your USB drive and copy the Ubuntu installation files into the USB drive. This will take a few minutes and please don't plug out the USB drive while this is happening. 

After it is done, you will be notified via a message. Now all you have to do is restart your PC and boot up the computer using your newly created bootable USB drive. After booting using the USB, you just have to be patient for a few minutes and then you are already in the Ubuntu installation menu.

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