After Ubuntu Desktop IS TOTALLY Loaded

You may use a virtual machine to set up Linux on the Windows system and run the Linux alongside the Windows. However, I am not a fan of virtual machine, I favor to run a dedicated computer. I’ve managed directories like Sybase, MySQL, and Oracle on Solaris, AIX, Red Hat Linux for many years, I had formed never liked the virtual machine method.

Now I am teaching classes, I want a dual boot laptop computer, I do not feel just like to use virtual machine still. In this specific article I describe the way I had installed the Ubuntu desktop system with an external SSD drive. If I connect in the USB SSD drive, the computer boots to Ubuntu otherwise it boots to Windows desktop.

The only reason I use Windows is due to Microsoft Office collection. 1. Log into your home windows computer. 2. Open a web browser and go to the Ubuntu download site, the Ubuntu website shall properly detect your OS and hardware and give you the correct ISO image. Ubuntu-16.4.2-desktop-amd64.Iso (64 bits) or Ubuntu-16.4.2-desktop-i386.Iso (32 parts). 3. You will need to download Rufus USB installer. 4. Once you have the ISO image and Rufus installer, you are ready to graft Ubuntu ISO image to a USB drive. The USB drive must have at least 2GB free space. Browse the instructions on the Ubuntu website, “How to make a bootable USB stay on Windows”.

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1. Restart the computer, press, and keep the F2 key or Delete key to enter BIOS. Change boot order to first shoe USB drive, save and leave BIOS. Switch off the compute. 1. Remove or disconnect your internal hard drive of the Windows operating system. For basic safety of the hard drives, I suggest to remove the electric battery or cord first.

After the Windows boot drive is disconnected, reinstall the battery pack or power. USB drive and an external SSD drive to USB ports, power on the computer. 2. Computer shall download Ubuntu OS from the USB drive. After Ubuntu desktop is loaded, you need to select “Install Ubuntu” option. During set up, the installer only sees one hard drive, this is the exterior SSD drive, it is /dev/sda designated by the Linux operating system. Wait until installer finish off setting up Ubuntu to the SSD drive, switch off the computer, unplug the USB drive, and leave the SSD drive attached to the USB slot.

Power on the computer, the computer should shoe Ubuntu OS. Test this step several times to make smoothly sure the SSD can boot. Power from the computer. Because the BIOS has been set to boot USB device first, therefore the computer should shoe into the external SSD drive and insert Ubuntu desktop. This is to let grub bootloader know that it should look /dev/sdb for the boot records. 11. Reboot the computer, and you’ll not see any mistake message. 12. Detach the exterior SSD drive, reboot the computer, this right time you should boot into Windows desktop.