HappyLinux wrote:However, I have been thinking that it's almost time to upgrade my motherboard and CPU. I was also thinking of getting Windows 8 and dual-booting with Mint. From the research I've done, that's not possible.
The only copies of Windows 8 that I can find are upgrade version. Those versions that require a previous version of windows installed. I have never done a windows upgrade. Only done clean installs. The research I found is that Microsoft doesn't provide versions for clean installs, only upgrade and OEM versions.
Not that it matters anyway. Microsoft programmed Windows 8 to prevent dual-boot with Linux, yet allow installation alongside MacOSX.
HappyLinux wrote:Everything that I've found on dual-booting linux with Win8 is contradictory. Some say that it is fully possible, others say yes, although limited, others say no.
Arthur C. Clarke wrote:When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Use the OEM version or the System Builder version??? In other forums, people had heard of the System Builder version, but cannot find where to get it. I also just searched. Microsofts website search results for it keep refering me to both the OEM and Upgrade versions.
Also, from the results I found out that with the OEM version, you cannot upgrade all that much hardware. It's hardware locked. You can change you DVD drive, add more memory, but not change the CPU or Motherboard.
I then took a look at your website on on Secure Boot. I didn't get halfway through it before smoke was coming from my ears. There are distinct limits to what I can do with computers.
HappyLinux wrote:I've figured that someone would have succeeded in dual-booting Win8 with Linux eventually, it's just finding the information.
Unlike previous Windows, Windows 8 boots differently hence the UEFI.
OEM, System Builder, OEM System Builder licence and now Personal Use licence. So which one??? Which one for me???
Maybe I should build a minipc for Linux, seeing as what I do under Linux isn't hardware intensive, but that would leave Win8 and it's licencing conundrums.
HappyLinux wrote:I'm guessing that my laptop which is running Win8 boots in less than a minute because of the EFI??? Or am I wrong??
Right now, I'm searching the internet for information on how to get a copy of System Builder, but still, it's proving difficult.
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