How to Dual-Boot Ubuntu with Windows 11: Easy Steps

Microsoft’s Windows 11 is an advanced Operating system that is capable of defeating its competitors. For instance, in Windows 11, users are able to use Android apps, which gives them a more convenient experience. Similarly, Windows 11 has been opened the way to install Linux(Ubuntu) on a single machine. This means you can now dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on a single system and utilize dual customization and security.

In this article, we will teach you how to install Ubuntu on your Windows 11. Installing Ubuntu on Windows 11 is an easy task, not a hard process. So, if you want to install Linux (Ubuntu) on Windows 11, keenly follow the steps given in this article to install Ubuntu easily. Then we can go up the detailed steps.

Basic Requirements:

  • You need Minimum 8GB or higher USB Drive
  • 30GB of minimum Secondary Storage space
  • Secure network connectivity till the end of the process
  • Backup your data and store it into a Hard Drive for future use.
  • You need an accurate and uninterrupted Internet connection.

Steps to Create a Separate Partition for Linux:

As a first procedure to install Ubuntu in Windows 11, you need to create a separate partition and to do so, you can easily follow these steps,

  • Firstly, press Windows + X to select the Disk Management option from the list.
  • Then in the newly opened window, select a Drive and right-click over it.
  • From the sub-menu, select the Shrink Volume option.
  • Now set the Enter the amount of space to shrink as 50000MB or more and click on the Shrink button.
  • Then select and right-click on the Free space option and select New Simple Volume.
  • In the newly opened window, click on Next, and the New Simple Volume Wizard screen, set Simple volume size in MB to maximum, and click on the Next button.
  • Inside the new screen, click on the radio button beside the option Assign the following drive letter and select the drive letter from the drop-down menu, then click on the Next button.
  • Now in the Format Partition screen, click on the radio button beside Format this volume with the following settings and press Next.
  • Finally, verify the new settings under the You selected the following settings section and click on the Finish button.

Download Ubuntu and Create a Bootable USB Drive: 

The next step is to install Ubuntu in Windows 11; download the Ubuntu ISO Image file, and create an installation media. To do so, 

Note: If you already have an Ubuntu ISO Image file, then skip this section and move to the next section.

  • Firstly, go to the Official website of Ubuntu using your Web browser.
  • Then click on the Download button. Make sure to install the latest version.
  • Once you have downloaded the file, then plug in the USB drive on your system.
  • After that, move to the Rufus website.
  • Inside the Rufus page, scroll down and click on Rufus 3.7 under the Download section.
  • Now go to the download folder in your system and select and double-click on Rufus 3.7.exe to open it. (Rufus is a portable application, so you need not install it on the system)
  • In the Rufus window, click on the Device section to select the USB drive. If you plugged in only one drive, Rufus would select it automatically.
  • And click on the SELECT button beside the option Boot section. Now browse for the Ubuntu ISO image file.
  • Once you have selected the file, Rubus will take care of the rest of the process. 
  • Then click on the Start button to begin the installation process.
  • If a prompt appears on the screen, click on Yes/OK.

Steps to Install Ubuntu with Windows 11 in Dual-Boot:

If you have completed all the above steps, then you can install Ubuntu by following the below-given steps, please have a look,

Before proceeding with the installation process, unplug the Bootable USB drive and restart the system. once the system starts again, plug back the USB.

  • Firstly, press the shortcut keys to enter into the Boot Device section. (Depends on the system’s manufacture, it will be F2, F10, and F12).
  • Once you are in the Boot device section, select the Bootable USB using the keyboard Arrow key and click on Enter to select.
  • Then in the next screen, select Install Ubuntu, there the files system scanning process will begin automatically. If you don’t need that, click on Ctrl + C altogether.
  • Now in the next Welcome window, select the Language and click on the Install Ubuntu button.
  • On the next screen, select your keyboard or click on the Detect keyboard layout option for Ubuntu to select your keyboard automatically and then click on Continue.
  • Inside the Wireless window, click on the radio button beside I don’t want to connect to a wi-fi network right now to unconnected from Network.
  • If you need to connect, double-click on your Network.
  • Then in the Update & other software window, select Normal installation and click on the Download Updates while installing Ubuntu option, then click on the Continue button.
  • On the next window, select the Something else option and click on Continue.
  • Now from the Installation type screen, select the Partition you created earlier and click on Change.
  •  And then, in the Edit partition prompt, click on the drop-down option beside the Use as option and select Ext4journalingfilesystem from the list.
  • And click on Format the partition option.
  • Then click on Mount Point, select the “/”(forward slash) option and click on OK.
  • In the newly opened window, click on Install now button.
  • Now in the given space, enter your account credentials( Username, password, email ID, etc.)
  • If the installation process gets completed, you will receive a prompt; there, click on Restart Now button.
  • Now you are done, and hereafter you can use Ubuntu OS and Windows 11 in your system.

Steps to Switch between Windows 11 and Ubuntu:

After installing the Ubuntu, you get stuck in Windows 11; then you should follow the below-given steps to switch to Ubuntu and vice versa,

  • Firstly, go to the Start menu and select Settings.
  • Then select System->Recovery->Restart now option.
  • There click on Troubleshoot and select Advanced options, then select UEFI Firmware Settings.
  • You will reach the UEFI/BIOS settings, then press the F1 key to enter into BIOS settings.
  • Then select the System Configuration tab and select Boot Options. ( this step may vary, depending on the model of the PC).
  • In the Boot order option, check the Ubuntu drive is above to Windows 11 drive. If yes, move the drive using the F5/F6 keys.
  • Once done, save the changes, and your system will restart automatically. 
  • Hereafter you will see the Ubuntu Start menu; from there, you are able to choose Windows 11 or Ubuntu. The same menu will appear on the screen after every restart.

So this is how you can Dual-Boot Ubuntu with Windows 11. The steps are so simple, and you need little patience to complete the process. However, if you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, then please leave a comment in the below-given comment box.