Software & Apps Linux A Step-By-Step Guide to Installing Xubuntu Linux Install a lighter weight version of Ubuntu on your PC By Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated March 21, 2020 Linux Switching from Windows Tweet Share Email This guide shows how to install Xubuntu Linux using step by step instructions. Why would you want to install Xubuntu? Here are three reasons: You have a computer running an older version of Windows that is out of support.You have a computer that is running really slowly and you want a lightweight but modern operating system.You want to be able to customize your computing experience. The first thing you need to do is download Xubuntu and create a bootable USB drive. Install Xubuntu on Your PC Once your computer reboots into your USB drive, you'll be ready to begin installing Xubuntu. When the computer first boots up, you'll be given the option to choose between trying Xubuntu and installing it. Press Install Xubuntu. It might take a few seconds to load up the Xubuntu installer. When it starts, it will first ask for your preferred language. Select it, and press Continue. Next, if you're using a wireless connection, Xubuntu is going to ask you to connect to a network. Locate your local network from the list, and log in. Now, the setup will ask if you want to update Xubuntu as you install and download any third party software that your system may need. Check Install third-party software... When you're done, press Continue. The following screen is probably one of the scariest looking. This one determines how Xubuntu is going to handle your hard drive. If you don't have anything on it, and you're ready to wipe it clean and start over with Xubuntu, great! That's the easiest road. Leave Erase disk and install Xubuntu checked, and press Install Now. If you need something else, things might get more complicated. If you have Windows already installed on the computer, and you want to dual boot, the option will be there, so choose it. Otherwise, if you want something entirely custom, pick Something else. Be warned, you'll need to know how to partition a disk yourself, like in the image below. Xubuntu will begin installing in the background. While it does that, it'll need some info from you. First, tell Xubuntu which timezone you're in. Then, set up your user account. Fill in the fields for your name, username, the computer's name, and your password. Make sure that the password is strong since the account will have admin access. Once you're done, sit back, and let Xubuntu do all the work. It's going to take a few minutes while it sets itself up on your computer. When it's finished, you'll see a message letting you know that the install was successful. Press Reboot Now to restart into your new Xubuntu install. When the computer comes back on, you'll see the Xubuntu login screen. Enter the password you set for your self to log in to your new Xubuntu desktop.