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How to install Ubuntu on Microsoft Surface Laptop 2?

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Install Ubuntu

Welcome to the Guide to installing Ubuntu 18.04 on Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 by just following a few steps you can try or install this operating system. So without wasting time lets discuss the whole procedure to install this OS on your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

About Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 comes with a 13.5-inch PixelSense multi-touch display with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels.
  • It is powered by 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-8250U processor with RAM of 8GB LPDDR3 and storage of 256GB SSD.
  • The graphics of this laptop are powered by Intel UHD Graphics 620.
  • The battery of Surface Laptop 2 lasts for 14 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Finally, Windows 10 is pre-installed.

Review of Surface Laptop 2

About Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu is a free and open-source Linux Debian operating system.
  • Also, Ubuntu offers three editions desktop, server, cloud, and Ubuntu core.
  • It provides new releases every 6 months while LTS occurs every 2 years.
  • Ubuntu is developed by Canonical which provides free security updates and support to its users.
  • Furthermore, for installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 you meet minimum requirements such as 2GB RAM, Dual-Core Processor (2 GH) and 25 GB free space.

Read Also – How to install Kali Linux on Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Advantages of installing Ubuntu

  1. It is free of cost while the official Windows operating system is chargeable.
  2. Ubuntu is customizable while on Windows you can only customize some components.
  3. It is more secure.
  4. Runs without installing.
  5. Ubuntu is good for developers.
  6. It can be updated without restarting.
  7. Lastly, Ubuntu provides more resources.

instructions to install Ubuntu on Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Make sure you have the latest Ubuntu Operating system Downloaded from the official Site, if not then download it from the official website.

1. Create a Bootable Disk

The downloaded ISO file is to be burned into a USB/DVD or flash drive which will be used to boot the computer.

Read – Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Boot From USB guide

Recommended drive – USB 

Tips to Boot a USB Device

  1. Download Rufus
  2. install Ubuntu on Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 with rufus
  3. After installing Rufus simply select the Ubuntu ISO file from the file manager and accept all settings when the popup window appears.
  4. Finally, start the process and this software will automatically format and create a bootable USB flash drive.

2. Change boot-order to boot from USB in Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

  • Turn your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 off or restart.
  • Now connect the bootable USB stick to the port.
  • Hold the volume-down button and Press and release the power button.
  • Release the volume down button as soon as the Microsoft Surface logo appears.
  • Now go to the Boot configuration option and move USB to the top of the list.
  • Finally, Reboot your Laptop.

3. Boot from the Drive USB/DVD

  • After successfully booting your USB stick you need to turn off your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 to install Ubuntu on it.
  • Insert the USB in port and once you will restart your laptop the screen presenting “Try Ubuntu” and “Install Ubuntu” will be shown to you.
  • You can either try Ubuntu or install Ubuntu, Although the Try option is for testing the operating system this process will also take some time.
  • So if you are continuing with install Ubuntu then read the further guide.

4. Installing Ubuntu 18.04

There are many steps in the process of installing Ubuntu on your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 which will be provided step-by-step below,

1. Choosing Keyboard

  1. Choose a keyboard layout and click Continue and by default English option is selected.
  2. Now you have to choose a type of installation as there are two types – Normal and Minimal installation. In our case, we have preferred the normal installation.
  3. Downloading updates while installing must be turned off for a faster installation.
  4. install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, MP3 and additional media formats should be selected only is internet connection is available while installation.
  5. Finally, click continue to proceed.

2. Selecting the installation type

Installation options,

  1. Erase the whole disk and install the Ubuntu: It is the easiest way to install Ubuntu on your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2. A fresh copy will be installed on your Laptop by erasing all the stored data on your PC.
  2. For security Encrypting new Ubuntu installation for security: Not to worry about this option as this option will ensure the security of your drives.
  3. Using LVM: LVM or Logical Volume Management
  4. Something Else: Use this option if you want to install Ubuntu along with existing Operating system such as Windows 10. In addition, only select this option if you are familiar with such technical tasks.

3. Creating Partitions for Something Else Option

  • To create the partition on your own you can click “New Partition Table”
  • Click on Continue and create a /boot partition of size 1.5GB. Select free space and click on the “+” symbol for creating a new partition.
  • Now click on OK
  • Let’s create the /home partition of size more than 18GB.
  • Next, create partitions /  of 6GB and /var of 4GB by using the process we have discussed with you.
  • Lastly, Create the swap area partition of 2GB.Check that all the partitions are made correctly or not. Once you have created the partitions successfully you can proceed to the further steps by clicking Install Now.

5. Selecting Time Zone

Choose the desired time zone and click on continue

6. Providing user credentials

Give your information to the page prompted to you. The page will ask your name, computer name, username, and password. Finally, click on continue to begin the process of installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on your Microsoft Surface Laptop 2.

7. Start installation

Installation may take around 5 to 10 minutes on your Microsoft Laptop which may depend on the speed of the Laptop.

8. Restart and Login

Restart your computer and enter the login details you have provided previously in User credentials.

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