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dual boot windows8.1 with ubuntu14.04

Lenovo Thinkpad 440s:

As of 2015.10.10, followed the instructions here and installation was successful. It is new laptop, so did not bother with Step 2 – that of backing up current windows set up and files.

When using “boot repair”, the source code given in the instructions did not work. Found the answer in the comments below and that installs it right:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

Then again, “Boot Repair” wouldn’t repair, says “The current session is in legacy mode. Reboot and use this software in EFI session to enable this feature…

Rebooted the computer, entered BIOS but could not change the option of booting into UEFI (under Security). In my machine, Legacy was set as the first preference. Found out, this option is available only if I log into the boot using the Supervisor password. Fortunately, remembered this password (for once!), entered BIOS again, changed to boot mode to UEFI only.

Reboot (with the Ubuntu Live USB plugged in), press F12, to go the boot order. select USB and this time (for the first time) I see the familiar GRUB loader. Selected “Install Ubuntu” though Ubtuntu is already installed…

Connected to the Internet, click continue, until it comes to the “installation type” where there are many options of what to do… Here, I quit the installation. May be I could have simply selected the “try Ubuntu Live” from the Grub options and saved all this trouble. Not being a wiz…, it takes a lot more time to work things out by trial and error.
Back to the Ubuntu desktop.

Start up the terminal, install “boot repair” again as above, and start it up.

click OK when asked to backup data (in my case there was nothing to back up), and click on “recommended repairs”.

From here, follow the steps outlined here. In my case, when asked if I want to remove GRUB2 from /boot/grub/, I clicked “YES” and proceeded till the cursor is back to the prompt.

Now back to the Boot Repair and click “forward” … back to the standard instructions.

Fortunately, when Boot Repair had done its job, and I rebooted it booted by default into Ubuntu. So, didn’t have to fix things at the windows end.

Next, tweaks to personalise Ubuntu14.04 🙂

dualboot Windows7 and Ubuntu

The next time I get a machine without admin rights, the first I know I should do is to install Linux as a dual boot. If you are going to use only the browser, Office and may be the media player, and are fussy about dirtying your hands at the terminal, then stick to the Windows install without admin rights. Otherwise, go for a dual boot solution with any other OS. I preferred Ubuntu as a beginner for the many reasons stated all over the web.

As of Jan 2013, Quetzal Quantal was the latest release, but since Precise Pangolin has LTS (long term support) went for PP (version 12.04). I think it is more stable and probably easier to find drivers and software.

If you decide to do create a USB bootable (for me that seemed the easiest option), check http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows
download the Universal USB Installer. From then it is a breeze.

Once downloaded, start the installer, and follow the steps as in the instructions page. In the select OS tab, choose whichever desktop version you are interested in. If you have not already got a iso of the distro, check “download the iso” box, select the USB drive letter (double check this part to ensure that it is USB) and hit Create.

I needed like 30 min.

I did not do a back up of my whole Windows drive, thought it is always recommended. I think if you are trying to fiddle around right at the beginning it might be OK, but no guarantees.

Restart the system and hit one of the Fn. keys (in my case it was f12, but I think it could be f2, f5, or f8, depending on the model) to enter the BIOS. There go to Boot set-up and choose to boot from USB. Deselect boot from hard disc, to be certain. Apply the changes and the system boots into Ubuntu giving two options: to try Ubuntu or install Ubuntu.

Select try Ubuntu. For the installation, an internet connection is required. In my case, the system automatically recognised the driver needed and asks if you need to install it. Install the driver only for the internet connection, as the others that may be offered are not needed right away (like the one for Graphics accelerator which I needed to install). Now the list of available networks are shown. If using WiFi does not work at this stage, use a network cable to keep it simple.

Now the OS can be installed in the machine. Click install Ubuntu, and follow the instructions. Gparted is used to create a separate partition to install Linux. I left it at the default value. Was scared of damaging my Windows files, as I hadn’t the patience to back-up 😉

hmmm. I don’t remember the next steps exactly, but installation should proceed fine. Once done, install driver (preferably stable releases) that you are offered. Click “super” — the Windows key, and type “updates”. Select software updates from the icons that show up below, and update which ever is required. From there, you are ready to go (and learn Linux 🙂 )