Dual Boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.10 using VirtualBox

Have you ever thought about dual booting a Windows 8 machine with Ubuntu on a VirtualBox. Some may think its impossible but I can assure you that I have tried it and can confirm it works perfectly well without any issues. Below is the version of each components I used. Note that this is solely for testing and should not be used for LIVE environment.

Step 1: Component Versions

– VirtualBox 4.3.6
– Windows 8 (64bit)
– Ubuntu 13.10 (64bit)

Step 2: Install Windows 8 on VirtualBox

– Create a New virtual machine with required settings as shown below. Note you need to allocate enough disk size for the 2 OSes

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– Start the vm, select Windows 8 ISO file and click Start. On the Setup screen, select language; Time format; Keyboard layout and continue

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– Click Install and then Accept license terms

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– Under Installation type, click on Custom option

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– Click Drive options (advanced) > New, enter disk size for Windows 8 and click Apply. Now you should have 2 Partitions. Select the one allocated for Windows 8 and click Next to begin installation

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– After installation is completed, wait for the machine to reboot. Then go through the Personalise settings

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– After the system finally completes all configurations, you should now have your Windows 8 desktop showing

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Step 3: Install Ubuntu 13.10 next

– First shutdown the Windows 8 machine. Go to Settings property > Storage, click the disk icon and select the ISO file for Ubuntu installation. this would replace your Windows 8 ISO file

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– Start up the vm. On the Welcome screen, click on Install Ubuntu

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– Ensure all checks pass and also select “Download updates while installing“. Click Continue

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– The installer will notify you that it detected a Windows 8 OS and if you wish to install alongside it. Since we want to have Ubuntu on a separate partition, select “Something else

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– Now select “free space” disk available, click on the plus sign (+), now we create a swap area by allocating about 10% of the free space. Leave other selections as default and click OK

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– Next select the remaining Free space, click the + sign, select partition type as Primary, select slash (/) as mount point, leave others as default and click OK

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– Now make sure you select the newly created primary partition disk and click Install Now

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– At this stage, you should be familiar with the rest of the install selections (Location; Keyboard Layout; Account creation e.t.c) and continue with installation

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Note: Before rebooting the machine, go back to the vm settings and remove the ISO file

– After machine comes back online, you will be presented with boot options “Ubuntu” & “Windows 8 (loader)

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Ubuntu Boot:

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Windows 8 Boot:

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After logging into the 2 separate OSes, you need to run updates to bring the systems to date.

Please feel free to share your install experience 🙂

 
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