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Need to dual boot Windows 8 Pro and Ubuntu

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Nicket_11, Sep 5, 2013.

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  1. Nicket_11

    Nicket_11 Thread Starter

    Sep 5, 2013
    I want to use Windows 8 Pro and Ubuntu 13.04 on a single machine.How do I achieve this in a stable manner?
    I want to use Ubuntu as a backup OS if Windows 8 ever crashes.Kindly suggest the best possible and optimum solution with detailed steps.
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

    Jan 29, 2006
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I didn't read the guide real closely, but I think it only covers MBR disks. If you have a GPT hard drive and UEFI there's more to the story.
  4. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Jan 14, 2010
    This is the guide you want

    It is not without risk and if 8 was pre-installed then it is UEFI firmware and GPT partitioned drive and therefore you cannot install Ubuntu unless you use the procedure outlined.

    Do not try Ubuntu WUBI as it is not compatible with UEFI and GPT

    The important point is this

    Having a PC with EFI firmware does not mean that you need to install Ubuntu in EFI mode. What is important is below:
    • if the other systems (Windows Vista/7/8, GNU/Linux...) of your computer are installed in EFI mode, then you must install Ubuntu in EFI mode too.
    2. To install Ubuntu in EFI mode:
    • Use a 64bit disk of Ubuntu and the link to the Ubuntu site also explains this
    My advice is to ensure you have a complete image - to return to if necessary BEFORE you start any procedure of installing Ubuntu

    If the computer is a desktop or a laptop with facility for a second hard drive the safest way of course is to install Ubuntu on a separate drive.
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