The latest version of Windows 11 is now available for desktops and laptops alike. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to run Ubuntu alongside it? If so, you’ll want to read this guide! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set up a dual-boot with Ubuntu and Windows.
Dual-booting Windows 11 and Ubuntu Linux requires a computer that meets the system requirements for both operating systems. Check out the system information pages on Microsoft.com and Ubuntu.com for the best results.
Download The Latest Ubuntu Version
You’ll need the latest Ubuntu ISO if you want to dual-boot Ubuntu with your current Windows 11 installation. If you want to get it on your computer, here’s how.
Visit Ubuntu.com/desktop first. To download Ubuntu, locate and click on the green “Download Ubuntu” button. Finally, download Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS or the most recent version of the operating system.
Next, you’ll download the latest Ubuntu ISO file to your computer and begin the process of installing it.
How To Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB
The ISO you’ve downloaded must be flashed to a USB drive in order to dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows 11. On Windows 11, there are multiple ways to accomplish this, but Etcher is by far the best option.
What’s the deal with Etcher? Because it is cross-platform, it can be used on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It is also simple to use and will expedite the process of installing Ubuntu from a USB flash drive.
To get started, download the most recent version of Etcher to your PC. After that, run the setup and explore the options available. You’ll need to follow the steps below to open your USB flash drive once it’s been opened.
- The first step is to click on the “Flash from file” button. Then, locate the Ubuntu ISO file on your computer by searching for it in the search bar.
- Make sure you’re in Etcher and click the “select target” button. Then, tell Etcher to use your USB flash drive as a target.
- Using your mouse, click on the “Flash!” button. It will begin copying the Ubuntu ISO file to your USB drive when you press this button. Keep your cool.
Afterward, restart your Windows 11 computer. As soon as you’ve done that, go into your computer’s BIOS and select the Ubuntu USB to boot from.
How To Setup The Windows 11/Ubuntu Dual-Boot
On a USB flash drive, you can now install Ubuntu and run it alongside Windows 11. Ubuntu’s installer has an option to install it. To get started, click on “Install Ubuntu.” Step-by-step instructions are provided in the following section.
- First, select your keyboard layout in the Ubuntu installer if it hasn’t already done so. To continue, press the button at the bottom of the page.
2. An “Updates And Other Software” page is displayed after selecting a layout in Ubuntu. “Install third-party graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats” should be selected for the installation method as “Normal.”
Check the “Configure Secure Boot” button after selecting these two boxes. Then, type in your Ubuntu secure boot password. When you’re finished, click “Continue” to proceed to the next step in the procedure.
3. Next, click “Installation type” and you’ll see that your computer already comes pre-installed with “Windows Boot Manager” (AKA Windows 11.) To create a dual-boot system, select “Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager” from the menu.
Please be aware that Ubuntu may not be able to detect Windows 11 if the operating system was not shut down properly. Before attempting to load the Ubuntu USB installer, restart your computer in Windows 11 and then shut it down.
4. Ubuntu will ask you how the hard drive should be partitioned after you select your installation type. Decide how much space Ubuntu and Windows 10 will take up on your hard drive using the slider.
Select the “Install Now”.
5. Choosing a time zone is the final step in configuring your dual-boot system. On a global map, locate where you live and click with your mouse. To proceed, press the “Continue” button after you’ve entered your time zone information.
6. Now set up your username, hostname, and password in Ubuntu. Use the keyboard to enter your username, password, and computer name.
If you want Ubuntu to start up without requiring a password, click the “Log in automatically” button.
7. Your job is complete once you’ve created a password. Allow Ubuntu to install on your computer from here. About 20 minutes are needed for this procedure (or longer depending on disc speed).
Afterward, reboot your computer and remove the USB flash drive. Ubuntu has now been installed along with the Windows 11 installation.