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Using Linux Mint and Windows 8.1

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:15 am
by Bortolo
Hello guy,
I want to use Linux Mint on my SSD and Windows 8.1 on my HDD. I also want to select which OS I want to boot when I turn the computer on. I tried to install Linux and then Windows but I didnt had a menu to chose.
What steps I have to do to get it working?

Thank you for your help!

Re: Using Linux Mint and Windows 8.1

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:35 am
by nascar64
you have to install windows 8 first then linux mint will pick it up may be hard with your EUFI bios do>

Re: Using Linux Mint and Windows 8.1

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:50 pm
by turboscrew
Or you can use the Windows bootloader as primary boot loader:
Install Windows 8.1
Install Linux. When the install by the side of Windows, select "something else".
Select installation partition and check that the boot will be installed in the beginning of the '/' partition of Mint.
Install Mint.
Boot to windows.
Download EasyBCD, install it and start it.
Select add (new boot entry)
Select Grub (Not Grub2)
Select the Linux root partition as the location of the boot loader
save and exit
reboot...

Re: Using Linux Mint and Windows 8.1

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:57 pm
by srs5694
The last I heard, EasyBCD was useless on a computer that boots in EFI mode. Computers that ship with Windows 8.1 almost invariably boot in EFI mode, so if you're using a stock pre-installed Windows 8.1, chances are you shouldn't waste time with EasyBCD. Instead, read my Web page on EFI-mode installs and/or the the Ubuntu community wiki on the same topic. Having two disks (even if one is an SSD) doesn't change the basic principles involved, although it does of course mean that you must partition two disks and decide where to put what.

OTOH, if the computer is booting in BIOS mode (because you've installed Windows 8 on an older computer or re-installed it on a newer computer in BIOS/CSM/legacy mode), then EasyBCD might be useful. Personally, that's not the way I'd do it, but some people do like to use it as the primary boot manager.

Re: Using Linux Mint and Windows 8.1

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:46 am
by turboscrew
Funny. I did install Mint on my work machine (Windows 8.1) that way just a while - maybe about a month - ago.
Used the latest EasyBCD (2.2 the free version).
I thought, maybe that way Windows updates leave my Linux boot in place.
(Heard that sometimes Windows 8.x updates may replace boot manager with Windows' own and the Linux boot is lost.)

Re: Using Linux Mint and Windows 8.1

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:40 am
by jahid
Bortolo wrote:I tried to install Linux and then Windows but I didnt had a menu to chose.
What steps I have to do to get it working?

Thank you for your help!
If you already have installed them, then you don't need to reinstall them again. You just need to reinstall the grub. For that you need the live dvd or usb of an LM or ubuntu.
boot into the live system, open a terminal:
first you need to know where your LM is. open the disks application on the live system and look for the partition where you installed the LM. remember the device id (/dev/sdax //x is a number) for that partition.
now enter these commands one by one:

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sudo mount /dev/sdax /mnt
sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo mount --bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts
sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
sudo chroot /mnt
grub-install /dev/sda 
update-grub
x will be replaced with appropriate number. if device is other that sda then they should be replaced accordingly too.
If you are going to try it, don't type them, copy and paste, then replace just what is needed to be replaced.