Install and use Ubuntu on Windows

How to install Linux on Windows to try or use Ubuntu without changing the system on your PC

Ubuntu in Windows Even if we find the Windows operating system on a PC we can very well install another operating system called Ubuntu, based on a different structure than Microsoft operating systems.

Ubuntu is a free and open source operating system and can be tried in different ways, without completely giving up Windows. In fact, we will see in the following chapters how to install and use Ubuntu on Windowsstarting from the simplest method up to the most complex method (dedicated to experts and geeks).

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1) WSL — Windows Subsystem for Linux

The first method is really very simple and allows you to add Ubuntu into Windows 11 and Windows 10, using a tool directly integrated into the system, without having to open new sites or download images.

To try Ubuntu on Windows with this method, press WIN+X on the keyboard, press up Terminale Windows (Admin) about are Windows PowerShell (Amministratore)type the following command:

wsl –install

and we confirm at the end Yes; at the end we restart the computer to finish the installation.

At the next reboot, WSL will open by default; if it doesn’t start, open the Start menu and search for WSL among the installed programs. In the terminal that opens you need to configure the main user (by typing the username) and then choose a password to use to protect the Ubuntu account.

The system works immediately and allows you to also install Ubuntu programs, starting them within Windows windows. First we update the system by running the command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

From now on we can install an Ubuntu program using a simple terminal command, such as:

sudo apt install gimp -y

To launch it in the window, simply open WSL and type the name of the program:

gimp &

For further information we can read the guide on best programs for those who use Ubuntu.

2) Virtual machines

Another effective and fairly simple method for installing and using Ubuntu on Windows involves the use of virtual machines.

To speed up the installation process as much as possible we add VirtualBox to the operating system, then we quickly download the ready-to-use virtualized images from the page OSBoxes. From this page we press on VMwarethen on the button Download next to the entry VMware (VMDK) 64bit (immediately under the chosen Ubuntu version), we open VirtualBox on the PC and press on at the top Machine -> Addtaking care to select the VMDK file downloaded shortly before.

After the import it is possible to immediately start the virtual machine with Ubuntu, already installed and operational in all its functions.

For further information we can read our articles on how to add a virtual machine to VirtualBox come on how to use and try Linux from Windows on your computer.

3) Dual Boot

The last method to install and use Ubuntu on Windows involves installing Ubuntu on the same disk as Windows, sharing part of the space.

To proceed we download the Ubuntu ISOlet’s install it on one USB pendrivewe deactivate Secure boot and we boot directly from the key, changing theboot order.

When starting from the USB stick, simply follow the instructions in the procedure Install Ubuntu, to combine Ubuntu with the Windows version, without too many steps to follow (it’s all quite automatic, without too many steps). At the next boot (after installation) we will be able to choose whether to start Ubuntu or Windows from the boot list.

To learn more we can read the guides above how to install two operating systems to choose from at startup come on how to install Linux Ubuntu on PC from scratch.


Windows is not the only operating system that we can use on computers. Ubuntu is an excellent free and effective alternative, with many similar programs and a more effective security system, to the point of not needing an antivirus.

On the same topic we can read the guides on how to make linux the same as mac come on how to install and activate Linux in Windows 10 and 11.

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