If you have ever wondered what it's like to use a Linus-based OS - but not one of those complicated ones, one of the OS X-esque, beautiful, easy-to-use ones - then look no further than Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a fast, simple and customisable OS with all the features you could possibly need. Hearing this, you probably want to try it out, but it's Linux, so you need to be a programmer to install it, right? No, believe it or not, you can install Ubuntu within a few clicks!
How to Install Ubuntu
This tutorial assumes you want to keep your original operating system - Windows - and run Ubuntu alongside it, or 'dual-boot'.
1. We are going to create a new partition on your hard drive so you can run Ubuntu without affecting your current files and settings. To do this, search for 'partition' in the Start Menu and select 'Create and format hard disk partitions'.
2. Right click on the box at the bottom labelled (C:) and select "Shrink Volume...". The program will then load the sizes of your current partitions
3. The box labelled 'Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB" is where you will allocate the space for your new Ubuntu partition. Enter 100000 for around 100GB space. 100GB was perfect for me. Click 'Shrink' when you are done.
4. You will now notice an unallocated partition on your hard drive. Right click this and select "New simple volume". A setup tool will open. Click next to continue with default settings. Click next once more to continue with the assigned drive letter. Change the 'volume label' to something you'll remember, like 'Ubuntu'. Click next once more, then confirm the partition. Done.
5. Now you'll want to download Wubi from this link. Wubi is the official Ubuntu installer for Windows that makes the whole process simple.
6. Open Wubi once it has downloaded. The installer options will appear. For the Installation drive, you want to select the new partition letter we just created. Leave the installation size as the default and the desktop environment as Ubuntu. Change the language to your own, select a username (and a password if you want) and click 'Install'.
The installer will do it's business and download and install Ubuntu to your partition. That's really all there is to it. If you want a beautiful and functional OS, try it!