upcycler wrote:The original problem for this thread, how to dual boot the current MInt with Windows 8 (preinstalled) on HP Pavilion g7/Intel core i3, is NOT solved.
I managed to destroy the pre-installed win8 in the process of trying to get the Nadia to work, so I'll have to reinstall everything and start over.
Be aware that the usual advice of installing Windows before
installing Linux does not
apply to EFI systems -- or at the very least, the problems with doing Windows second aren't nearly as bad. That said, the recovery tools that most OEMs provide are very inflexible, so they might work only by trashing everything. If you've got a retail disc, though, you can try shrinking the Linux partition(s) (if necessary) and install Windows second. It's likely that the computer will boot straight to Windows after the installation, but you can use the firmware's built-in boot manager or a rEFInd CD or USB flash drive to select your boot loader and then use efibootmgr's -o option to re-arrange the order of the boot loaders -- or install rEFInd once you get Mint booted again, if it's not what you're using now.