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How to Dual Boot Windows With Win32 Disk Imager

As we all know, Windows is one of the most popular operating system in the world. But Linux is famous among some of the power users and it is considered to be much more secure than Windows. Their only downside is having an inferior ecosystem. But why decide between one and the other if we can also use both in the same computer by dual booting? In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to do that. To do this, you must have Windows installed on your system. Also, make sure to prepare a USB flash drive for the installation of Ubuntu. Also, you need a software like Win32 Disk Imager to make the USB flash drive bootable. You can download it directly from their official website.

After that, you have to enter the Ubuntu website or any other distribution, choose the version and download the .ISO file. For this tutorial, I have chosen the LTS version again for stability and longer support. All you have to do is choose between the 32 or 64-bit version of Ubuntu and hit the Download button to download the .ISO file.

Once the download is completed, start Win32 Disk Imager to prepare the installation media. I've chosen Win32 Disk Imager because it is the one that has always worked for me and for not having to install anything. As an alternative, you can use a program like Rufus. Win32 Disk Imager is super easy to use. The only thing you will have to do is select the USB in the device option, and locate the .ISO file that you've downloaded. Once this is done you will only have to click on the "Start" button and wait a few minutes for the process to complete.

After the process is completed, you can keep the USB flash drive as it is on the computer and restart the PC to get into the BIOS. Simply, navigate to the boot settings area and change your boot order as needed. Once everything is done, restart your computer and you will be presented with the Ubuntu setup window. You follow the instructions there and before installing make sure that you select another partition to install Ubuntu. If you select the existing partition, it will wipe all of your valuable data. 

Sometimes, Ubuntu installation process does not recognize Windows partitions. Luckily it is something that can be solved with just a couple of terminal commands. The first thing you will have to do to fix it is to restart the computer and boot it using the USB flash drive and make sure that you select the option "Try Ubuntu". This will launch the distro with all its functions and this will fix the error. Once the installation is successfully completed, whenever you start the computer again from now on, a box should appear in which you can choose between Ubuntu and Windows. That is how you can dual boot Windows with Ubuntu and we hope that this guide helped you.