Step 1: Installing Ubuntu Option #2
After it is done burning, leave the flash drive in your computer and reboot. When your computer boots, you should see a screen that says something like "press f12(f1, f2, del, etc.) to enter bios(boot menu, boot options, etc.)" . Press this key then navigate to boot order and change it so your flash drive is first. All bios menus are different, sorry I can't be very specific:/
Once you have left the bios, Ubuntu will boot to a desktop just like you will have after you install. Feel free to play around for awhile, however it will be much faster after you install. If something doesn't work now, DO NOT install. Google your issue or leave me a comment explaining it to see if there is a fix BEFORE you install. I don't blame you for being excited to use Ubuntu:) but it's not worth messing up your computer. There. I warned you. Back to the fun part:) When you are ready to install, double-click the install shourtcut on the desktop. It will ask you some basic info, then bring you to a screen like in picture 2. If you wish to install alongside Windows, choose the first option. If wish to install only Ubuntu COMPLETELY ERASING Windows and ALL IT'S DATA, choose the second option. Hit next, then choose how much space for Ubuntu, if you chose to install it along side Windows. Finish filling out your info while Ubuntu installs, then watch the handy-dandy slideshow at the end. Isn't modern computing cool?;)
For a complete step-by-step guide go to http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-desktop-latest. Installing on a Windows 8 machine is basically the same, but you should definitely take a look at this guide for more info. Installing on a Windows 8 machine can be tricky so proceed with caution!(insert scary voice here). Once you have successfully installed, lets move onto the fun part, Using Ubuntu!
Step 2: FUNdamentals
Step 3: Browsin' the Web
Step 4: Setting Up Email
Step 5: Software
Home Folder, first icon in the Launcher, looks like, well, a folder. Go to the Downloads folder (picture 9), then double click the .deb. It will open in the Software center, where all you have to do is click Install. Another good program to install is Ubuntu restricted extras. Installing this will allow you to listen to music and watch dvds. It is in the Software Center no ppa required:) Also it is a good idea to install flash. Simply search for Adobe Flash Plugin in the Software Center. This will give flash support to Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Chromium, and a few other browsers, allowing you to watch youtube videos and play games. Now who wouldn't want that? Well, that's it! Enjoy finding new software, and if anyone's interested I can add a list of software I like.