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    Windows 8 & wubi

    Hi, all!
    Longtime mint/ubuntu user here. So how well does the windows ubuntu installer (wubi) work with Windows 8 (if it works at all)? Anyone had any problems so far?

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    Re: Windows 8 & wubi

    It works fine unless you are using UEFI to boot. All new computers with preinstalled Windows 8 are using UEFI. The issue is that Grub4dos (which wubi uses) doesn't work with GPT disks (required by UEFI).

    If you upgraded to Windows 8 and you use BIOS or hybrid UEFI to boot from a MBR partition table disk, it works fine.

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    Cool Re: Windows 8 & wubi

    Quote Originally Posted by bcbc View Post
    It works fine unless you are using UEFI to boot. All new computers with preinstalled Windows 8 are using UEFI. The issue is that Grub4dos (which wubi uses) doesn't work with GPT disks (required by UEFI).

    If you upgraded to Windows 8 and you use BIOS or hybrid UEFI to boot from a MBR partition table disk, it works fine.
    As a novice computer user, how would one do that? How can i get my windows to use BIOS? Still stuck.

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    Re: Windows 8 & wubi

    Quote Originally Posted by 12roby21 View Post
    As a novice computer user, how would one do that? How can i get my windows to use BIOS? Still stuck.
    The amount of effort would make the use of Wubi redundant (it's supposed to be easy).

    You'd need to:
    1. switch to legacy boot mode
    2. format the disk, switching to a MBR partition table
    3. use a special tool to remove the leftover GPT data that isn't removed
    4. reinstall Windows and restore all data

    Instead... just do a normal dual boot. It's a bit new so you might want to do some research, but you can read about it here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

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