Oh... Guys !
I have recently bought a new Dell planning to install Mint... but didn't realize Windows 8 was a virus.
My question for you all is very simple...
How can I wipe out window 8
from my laptop and install Linux Mint
Thanks for reading ! (hopefully for helping !)
Did this very thing yesterday. As others have said you have to deal with secure boot. The easiest way to determine if you're in secure boot or not is to plug in a USB with a stable version of the Mint .ISO and enter bios upon boot. If you don't see your USB as a possible option in the boot menu, your definitely in UEFI mode.
Here are the steps I took in order to install on my Asus UX31A.
1. Downloaded Mint 14.
2. Use UNebootin to create a bootable USB (unetbootin.sourceforge.net)
3. Re-boot laptop and entered BIOS. This was F2 on my Asus.
4. Toggle over to "Security" then arrow down to "Secure Boot" and disabled it.
5. Toggle to "Boot" then arrow down to "CSM" and enabled it.
Note: CSM may be called something else on your machine possible "Legacy Boot". Also note that this can not be enable unless you disable secure boot. You may be allowed to change it but when you close and save it will revert to disabled.
6. Save and exit then allow machine to boot.
7. Shutdown then insert your USB with the Mint .ISO
8. Restart and (hopefully) Mint will start up in live mode
9. Click the install icon on the desktop and follow the prompts
10. When you get to the installation type window choose "Erase disk and install Linux Mint" WARNING...THIS IS FOR FRESH/CLEAN INSTALL AND NOT DUAL BOOT.
11. Continue to follow prompts
Keep in mind that I am a complete Linux newbie. I've only been messing around with various distros for a about a week. After receiving my new laptop Windows 8 just HAD to go. I'm very pleased with Mint and have spent the last day and a half doing the customization thing.