Chapter 3. Before Installing Ubuntu

Table of Contents

3.1. Overview of the Installation Process
3.2. Back Up Your Existing Data!
3.3. Point release and HWE kernel
3.4. Information You Will Need
3.4.1. Documentation
3.4.2. Finding Sources of Hardware Information
3.4.3. Hardware Compatibility
3.4.4. Network Settings
3.5. Meeting Minimum Hardware Requirements
3.6. Pre-Partitioning for Multi-Boot Systems
3.7. Pre-Installation Hardware and Operating System Setup
3.7.1. Invoking the BIOS Set-Up Menu
3.7.2. Boot Device Selection
3.7.3. Systems with UEFI firmware
3.7.4. Disabling the Windows 8 fast boot feature
3.7.5. Hardware Issues to Watch Out For

This chapter deals with the preparation for installing Ubuntu before you even boot the installer. This includes backing up your data, gathering information about your hardware, and locating any necessary information.