manuelrocha wrote:I've tried to install linux mint14 in windows 8 but it gives me an error in the file linuxmint\winboot\wubildr.mbr and is there.
If your computer came pre-installed with Windows 8 (and perhaps if you installed it yourself), then it's booting in EFI/UEFI
mode rather than in the older BIOS mode. The reference to wubildr.mbr indicates that you were trying to set up the computer with what Ubuntu calls WUBI and that Mint refers to as (IIRC) Mint4Win. Unfortunately, WUBI/Mint4Win works only on a BIOS-mode boot, not on an EFI boot. AFAIK, there's no way around this limitation. Ultimately, there are three possible solutions to this problem:
- Use a virtual machine (VirtualBox, VMWare, etc.) to run Mint inside Windows. This can be a good solution if you're just curious about Linux and don't want to risk messing up your Windows installation, or if you run Linux infrequently and don't need direct hardware access. There will be some performance cost, though, since both OSes will be demanding resources like RAM and CPU time simultaneously.
- Boot Linux from a live CD or USB. Like the previous solution, this one poses minimal risks to your current installation. Since the Linux installation is on a slower medium, though, performance will suffer. You may also be limited in storing files.
- Do a conventional side-by-side dual-boot installation. This will require you to either add a hard disk or shrink an existing disk partition to make room for Linux. Because of this, and because of the need to adjust your boot loader configuration, there's a small risk of rendering Windows unbootable, so backing up your important files is a worthwhile precaution.
Jim1938 has outlined a procedure for the last of these options. There are many other tutorials available on the Web; Google for them.
Jim1938 wrote:One thing different is my PC came with 4 Win partitions.
AvoidErrors said not to do it if you have 4.
His has only 2 partitions.
The 4-partition limit is applicable to the old Master Boot Record (MBR)
partitioning system, which Windows uses on BIOS-based computers. On EFI-based computers, Windows insists on using the newer GUID Partition Table (GPT)
system, which has a limit of 128 partitions by default. (This limit can be raised if necessary.) Linux can use GPT on either EFI or BIOS-based computers, but on a dual-boot computer, your partition table type is determined by Windows' needs.