Okay, getting very frustrated recently trying to install Linux along with Windows on my new laptop, which unfortunately, is being run by this new EFI crap.
Anyway, it came with Windows 8, which is okay - I would get rid and switch to Linux entirely if I didn't need windows for work-related things.
Anyway, I tried to install on a new partition, which worked fine, but then Grub would not show-up at boot time and instead it just loaded Windows. Seems to be a common problem and my interpretation of what I'd read elsewhere was that it was something to do with the fact that the drive was formatted as a GPT partition table and that Grub required an MBR partition table.
So I formatted the whole drive as MBR (ms-dos) using GParted on the live CD and then installed Mint. I then tried to install Windows 8 and it says that it can't be installed on a n EFI system unless the drive is formatted in GPT
Anyway, all I really really want is very simple - I want windows 8 on one partition, Linux on another, and a nice Grub menu at the start to let me select which system. WHY IS THAT SO DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE?!?! Bloody EFI systems favouring one operating system over another... it's an absolute disgrace! It's MY machine, why can't I decide what to install on it and what to boot up with?!?!?!
Anyway, could somebody with patience please give me a road map to what I want to achieve. I have my machine, I have windows 8 on disc, and I have my Linux distro on a USB stick. How to I format my drives and do the install procedures so I can have both OSes behaving nicely and have the computer giving me the boot option at start up...???