I recently installed Ubuntu alongside my Windows 10 installation on a Dell Inspiron 3147 that was designed for Windows 8.1. So you can imagine the trouble I had trying to get it to work. First I had tried a different distro, but apparently the app I used to create a bootable USB drive didn’t work correctly for Dells. I had almost given up on installing Linux on this machine but decided to try it one more time, and viola, I finally got it to work.
There are a few things to know before you install Ubuntu, first is that you don’t have to create a partition in Windows before hand. That’s because the installer will do it for you, matter of fact, let the installer create the partition. Otherwise it will create yet another partition next to the one you made.
Using the Ubuntu OS is nice, but I have to say that Windows has more features. There is a reason that Windows dominates the desktop and enterprise markets. I just wish they would create a lite weight version of Windows without all the extras and tracking. I doubt they would ever give up their forceful updates or tracking features, it’s how they make money.
So in summary I guess what I’m trying to say is that you can have the best of both worlds if you have a hard drive that’s large enough.