I downloaded the ISO for Linux Ubuntu onto my flash drive and used this tutorial with universal USB installer to make Linux bootable from the flash drive.
I used windows disk management to allocate plenty of space for a my Linux environment next to my windows one.
I rebooted and hit F12 to get into the one time boot menu and found the USB listed there so I started Linux and clicked the install Linux icon.
It gave me the language options and then the option to connect to the internet and then I got a screen that said
Unable to install Linux on this machine. It requires 7 gigs and the machine is only 4. (paraphrasing)
gparted in the terminal to see if I could find the host machine's SSD but the only thing that came up was the USB drive. How can I get around this and install Ubuntu alongside windows? Normally that's the screen that would show up after the option to connect to WiFi... but I didn't get that. It's like it can't see the my machine.