What You’ll Need to Get Started
Before we start installing Ubuntu, we first need to make sure we have completed a few things. We are going to need to get a virtual machine application as well as the ISO files for Ubuntu. There are many virtual machine clients that we can use. All of them have their pros and cons to them, but the one that I am going to use for this article is Virtual Box. I’ve used this in the past to run virtual machines on my physical machine and it was really simple to get setup. Head over to http://www.virtualbox.org/and navigate to the download section. The Windows installer is about 70 megabytes in size so it shouldn’t take too long to download. Once it is complete, run the installer. When you are finished this is the window that should pop up:
For most users, the default settings with Virtual Box will work fine. When we go to install Ubuntu, there should be some presets that we use that will basically fine-tune everything for us, making this process much simpler. The next thing we should grab is the Ubuntu ISO file. Head over to http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download and grab the 32-bit version of Ubuntu. Don’t worry about creating a CD installer just yet; Virtual Box can accept ISO inputs through a Virtual CD Drive that is uses to install many operating systems as well as applications.
The file size is about 700 megabytes so it shouldn’t take too long to download. Once you have everything downloaded and have Virtual Box installed, we can finally get to the fun part: installing Ubuntu inside of your Windows machine!