Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware
Posted on: 11/06/2012 11:04 AM

LinuxBSDos.com shows you how to dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware

So, I got a friend to lend me his copy of Windows 8 Pro. Armed with it, and an installation image of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, I set out to see if dual-booting the latest offerings from Microsoft and Mark Shuttleworth’s outfit will pose any major obstacles on a motherboard with UEFI firmware. The computer I used is one I assembled using an ASRock motherboard.

I started by using a 128 GB SSD, but all attempts failed. I couldn’t pinpoint what the issue was, so I abandoned the SSD and switched to a regular hard drive – a 500 GB HDD. (You read my experience with the SSD at .)

What follows is a step-by-step guide on how I succeeded in dual-booting Windows 8 Pro and Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on a computer with UEFI firmware on the motherboard, using 64-bit installation images of both operating systems. The objective: Set up the system so that GRUB, Ubuntu’s boot loader, is installed in a boot partition, making Windows 8′s boot manager the primary boot manager. So that on each reboot, you will see Windows 8′s boot menu as shown in the screen shot below.

Printed from Linux Compatible (http://www.linuxcompatible.org/news/story/dual_boot_windows_8_and_ubuntu_12_10_on_uefi_hardware.html)