How to Install Ubuntu 16.04 Alongside With Windows 10 or 8 in Dual-Boot

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Matei Cezar

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128 Responses

  1. Larry Meadors says:

    Interesting – I just retried this and it worked great, until I started Windows 10.

    After that, nothing gets mew back to Ubuntu.

    I restarted a couple of times into Ubuntu BEFORE starting Windows, but then once I went to Windows, that was it: No more Ubuntu.

  2. sothy says:

    I followwed the instrucution to install window 10 and Ubuntu 16;04.1 on Acer E 15 -573_58FX.

    But I couldnt get grub menu to select the either window or ubuntu. It automatically goes into window boot? why is that? Any clue?
    I even used live cd to efibootloader to change order. Nothing is takend into account? Any idea. Thanks

  3. Benjamin Rabaño says:

    Hi, I followed all of your instructions but rather than getting an option to choose between windows 10 and ubuntu, it just automatically loads windows 10. :( please help

    • Larry Meadors says:

      I’m having the exact same issue – i installed win 10, then installed ubuntu 16.04. After that, the first restart brought up grub, then the next reboot went directly to windows.

      All subsequent attempts do the same.

      Pressing f12 brings up a boot menu, but it has a windows boot manager option and two ubuntu entries – all three options take me to windows 10.


      I’ll try again from scratch and see if maybe I missed a step…

      • Larry Meadors says:

        I’m thinking that this might have something to do with the fast boot option in windows 10. I’m going to try again and turn that off before the Ubuntu installation to see if it works.

    • Larry Meadors says:

      BOOM! I got it!

      Here’s how I did my installation today:

      Boot to Ubuntu Live USB stick in UEFI mode.

      Delete all partitions on SSD.

      Create partition table as GPT (with no partitions).

      Put Win10 DVD in drive.

      Power off (mine won’t shutdown here, so have I force it).

      Remove Ubuntu Live USB stick.

      Boot up Win 10 DVD in UEFI mode.

      Install Win 10 on a 205,000 MB NTFS partition. That will create 3 added partitions in that space, so the 205GB will become 200GB for actual use.

      Let it reboot, then “Use Express Settings”.

      Put in your user settings and continue. I used all the defaults. Let it finish up.

      Login, then disable fast boot. It’s in the control panel – power settings – advanced options. Google has all kinds of instructions for that.

      Insert Ubuntu Live USB stick and eject Win10 DVD.

      Boot to live Ubuntu USB in UEFI mode.

      Follow instructions above for the Ubuntu installation – I only used one partition for “/” with all remaining space, but that shouldn’t matter.

      I’ve restarted into ubuntu and windows both several times to verify that it works and it does.

      Happy day. :)

  4. Oscar says:

    Hi there,

    I’m a semi experienced dual booter so I know how messy these things can get. I was wondering if you could give me some advice?

    [Currently I am just running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on an SSD]

    I was planning to resize my current partition to the preferred size and leave at least 50GB for my windows partition (which I won’t be using a lot so don’t need much space)
    Then I was going to make an image of this Ubuntu partition for later
    I was then going to install Windows on the 50GB allocated to it earlier and follow all the steps you have mentioned to get the 2 OS’s dual booting.
    Then I was going to restore the partition image that I created earlier on the partition that I have the fresh install of ubuntu.
    Do you think this will work?
    My only worry is that when restoring the image on the fresh ubuntu partition I will ruin the grub as the current correct grub MIGHT be replaced with the old grub that has no record of the windows partition (which I think I can fix anyway with grub-repair?)
    What do you think?

  5. Ken Burgett says:

    Thanks so much for the great description of dual-booting Ubuntu 16.04 Mate with Windows 10. I just bought a new laptop, and wanted my favorite Linux, while keeping Windows around for those few vendors that don’t support Linux (Yes, I mean you Epson, Garmin, and Logitech). All worked very well, including my first use of Rufus.

    Linux since 2006.

  6. Yaw says:

    I followed all the steps untill restart but after that all i get is a black screen. Any help? Am new to ubuntu

    • Matei Cezar says:

      Check if your hardware is supported by Canonical, especially the graphics card.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      You can also try to increase screen brightness in case you’re using a laptop (Use a combination of Fn+Fx – consult motherboard manual). Next time provide more details about your machine, so we don’t have to guess or assume what what kind of hardware or errors you’re experiencing.

  7. Pulkit says:

    Hi, I am running low on the C drive storage and I really want to keep the C drive reserved entirely for windows 10. Is it possible to install ubuntu on drives other than the C drive?

  8. Matei Cezar says:

    On the firsts steps check the disk for defects and the MD5SUM of the image. If everything is OK then try to manually partition the hard-disk and reinstall Ubuntu. If you own a UEFI/Legacy machine, try to install ubuntu from Legacy first and if that doesn’t work try UEFI installation. In case of UEFI installation from USB make sure you use Rufus (GPT style) to create the bootable USB. Lastly, consult Ubuntu certified hardware.

  9. Relwin says:


    I have a win10 laptop, have created a partition of 45GB on my HDD. I reach to the step where it asks to click enter to install Ubuntu after that the laptop restarts and runs windows. I have tried with usb n DVD same result. I have tried Linux Mint too with same result.

    Any advice ??

    • JP says:

      The windows partition is most likely the default boot option. If you press Del or F5 or whatever for your bios to look at the boot options, you should be able to select the other drive and boot Ubuntu. You might have to poke around in your bios settings to get the boot menu to show, instead of automatically selecting your default OS.

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