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Problem in installing dual boot ubuntu 10.04 and windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by israr, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. israr

    israr Thread Starter

    Apr 10, 2013
    My dell laptop is dell inspiron 14R with preinstalled windows 8.I want to install ubuntu 10.04 side by side. I switch to legacy boot option too.But could not install it through disk since during partition table creation, it is not showing any os that is preinstalled.Its imp for me to install ubuntu.
    I even reinstalled window 8 in legacy mode and SATA option AHCI and then tried to install ubuntu.Even in that case, same problem exists.In case of ATA option, it even doesn,t show any partion to install ubuntu
  2. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Mar 9, 2009
    I'm not yet very familiar with Windows 8, and partitioning it, but have you ever tried Wubi?

    Wubi (part of Ubuntu) let's you install Ubuntu inside Windows. I haven't noticed any performances issues. It's still quite fast.

  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Maybe the three year old Ubuntu can't deal with GPT disks?
  4. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Mar 9, 2009
    That was my initial thought as well.

    The latest Ubuntu versions:


    I'd recommend version 12.04 LTS. It's supported until April 2017. Probably more stable than 12.10.
  5. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Jan 14, 2010
    It cannot indeed support GPT partitioning and if you had managed it, you would have caused chaos, as you would never have got back into windows 8.

    To save me a lot of typing please see this topic here.
    UBUNTU 12.10 64 bit will support GPT and will be seen by the UEFI with only Secure boot disabled.
    DO NOT after installing Ubuntu re-enable secure boot

    PLEASE NOTE - there are still problems with Ubuntu and Windows 8 on dual boot
    They can be resolved, but it is not a simple install, sit back and enjoy.

    Personally I would NOT even attempt it on a Dell or any other laptop.
    The problems are in my humble opinion, more than the dual boot is worth

    On a desktop where Ubuntu may be installed on another disk - (Drive) it is a different matter.

    The other problem is, that I would check carefully with both the supplier of the laptop and Dell, as problems encountered with the computer, eg. suspected hardware defect will NOT be addressed under any warrantry while you have a dual boot installed

    BEFORE you even think of proceeding, if I have not convinced you it is risky please see the full details on my link above and the link from Ubuntu below.

    1.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. SO YOUR FIRST ERROR with respect was trying to install legacy mode
    2. To install Ubuntu in EFI mode:
    • Use a 64bit disk of Ubuntu
    and the link

    AND finally that on the link makes it sound simple - or relatively so, I can assure you it is NOT, you will encounter many problems.
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