Install Ubuntu 14.10 – Step by Step with Screenshot

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2 days ago, Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn, it will be supported for 9 months for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core. This guide will help you to get Ubuntu installed on you machine, before going to installation; lets take a look at what is new on this release.

  1. Ubuntu 14.10 comes with 3.16 kernel.
  2.  Oxide has been updated to use the latest Chromium Content API and includes numerous bug fixes and features to better support.
  3.  AppArmor added support for fine-grained mediation of unix(7) abstract and anonymous sockets and also added various policy updates and bug fixes.

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Download Ubuntu 14.10 from here, put the CD on the CD ROM drive, change the boot sequence accordingly, so that CD ROM can boot first.


If you want to install Ubuntu from the USB flash Disk, change the boot sequence according to the USB mass storage to boot first.

Select the Language and press Enter.

Ubuntu – Language Selection

For installing the Ubuntu 14.10, Select Install Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 14.10 – CD Options

This is starting screen, it will be disappeared in a minute.

Ubntu 14.10 - Loading Screen
Ubntu 14.10 – Loading Screen

Click forward on the Welcome screen.

Ubntu 14.10 - Welcome Screen
Ubntu 14.10 – Welcome Screen

Click Forward on Preparing to install Ubuntu screen.

Ubntu 14.10 - Preparing to install
Ubntu 14.10 – Preparing to install

Next is the installation type, this installation on the fresh HDD so i got only two option in the installation type. Depend upon the other OS on your HDD you will get more options. Please chose any one method.

1. Erase disk and install Ubuntu (i.e. it will format the entire drive and install the OS). If you don’t have any idea about the partitioning scheme simply click continue.

Ubntu 14.10 -Erase and Install Ubuntu
Ubntu 14.10 -Erase and Install Ubuntu

Once you clicked on continue, you would be asked to confirm the auto partioning. Click on continue to proceed.

Ubntu 14.10 -Erase and Install Ubuntu Auto Partition
Ubntu 14.10 -Erase and Install Ubuntu Auto Partition

2. Something else (i.e. you can manually create the partition and install Ubuntu on your selected partition), use this advanced mode if you are comfortable in manually partitioning your drives.  Click on continue.

Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition
Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition

Once you clicked, you would get the following page where installer lists available hard disk. In my case i have one harddisk size of 20GB, to create a partition; click on New Partition Table to create empty partition since this is a new harddisk. Pop up will ask you to confirm, click on continue.

Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Accept Empty partition
Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Accept Empty partition

Partition scheme will be like below:

/boot – 100MB

swap – 2048MB

/        –  Remaning (19GB)

Select free space and click on + sign at the bottom to create partitions. Following shows for /boot partition.

Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Boot
Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Boot

Following for swap partition, make sure you selected use as swap area.

Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Swap
Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Swap

Following for / (root) partiton.

Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Root
Ubntu 14.10 -Manual Partition Root

Review your partitions and click on install now.

Ubntu 14.10 - Install Now
Ubntu 14.10 – Install Now

Confirm the partition scheme.

Ubntu 14.10 - Partition Creation
Ubntu 14.10 – Partition Creation

Select your location.

Ubntu 14.10 - Location
Ubntu 14.10 – Location

Select your keyboard layout. In case you are not sure, use the ‘Detect Keyboard Layout‘ option and you can also test your selection by typing in the test text box.

Ubntu 14.10 - KeyBoard
Ubntu 14.10 – KeyBoard

In the final screen you will be prompted to enter information about the first user that is going to be created on the system. Enter your information in this screen.

Here is one thing you should remember – if you select ‘Log in automatically‘, it will never ask you your password for authentication while you try to log in to your Ubuntu System. Its best if you give a very secure password for your installation. Ubuntu will inform you whether your password is secure or not.
If you select ‘Encrypt my home folder‘ it will make all the files and folders in your home folder more secure from unauthorized viewing if you have multiple users using your computer. When you log in to your computer your files are seamlessly decrypted for just your session. If you are not sure, leave this box unchecked.

Ubntu 14.10 - User Creation
Ubntu 14.10 – User Creation

Once the above steps are done, click on continue. Below screen shot shows installing Ubuntu 14.10.

Ubntu 14.10 -  Installing
Ubntu 14.10 – Installing

Once the installation is over, you should click on the restart now.

Ubntu 14.10 -  Installed
Ubntu 14.10 – Installed

Once the Machine restarted, you will get login window. Type your password on the below of your user name and Press Enter.

Ubntu 14.10 -  Login Screen
Ubntu 14.10 – Login Screen

The Desktop of the Ubuntu 14.10 will be like below.

Ubntu 14.10 -  Desktop
Ubntu 14.10 – Desktop

Your Ubuntu is now ready for you try it out!! Use, Share and Enjoy.


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  • sachin

    thanks a lot

  • veeresh

    if i select option of “ERASE DISK AND INSTALL THE UBUNTU”, will it erase my data which is present in my laptop or will it erase data present in virtual machine. please help

    • Raj

      It will erase the data in the virtual disk attached to vm.

      • veeresh

        not in our laptop right

        • veeresh

          i have attached C drive for the installation…will it erase data in that drive?

          • Raj

            Ae you using VMware. Make sure the disk is virtual. Path of the virtual can be any of your drive.

          • veeresh

            i have installed VirtualBox, in that i have attached unbuntu iso file then i am installing it , path given as like C drive VM folder or vm.vdi file. if i run this will it erase programs whatever in C drive?

          • Please follow this article to create a VM


          • veeresh


            I did same whatever mentioned in above link but after instlaling ubuntu its asking option “Erase data and install ubuntu”.

          • Yes, now you are good to chose “Erase data and install ubuntu”. It wont remove any data on the laptop.