I'm not sure why, but I checked on gparted before I installed ubuntu and both sda1 and sda5 had the /boot flag. I'll remove on sda5 once I solve my current dilemma... My dog ate my windows repair CD... I have an OEM factory reset drive but that puts me back to square one (windows 8, no ubuntu).
I did delete the /sda1 before installing ubuntu, ubuntu wouldn't recognize my windows install and only provided the format hdd or "somethine else". Is there a workaround for that? could the /boot flag on the windows partition (by default on the factory image) be a possible culprit?
is there a way to obtain a windows 8 repair disk image and burn it in ubuntu? (calling dell would get me one in roughly 2 weeks time, so that's a no go)
I suppose worst case scenario:
I lock my dog in his cage,
factory reset my hdd,
create a windows repair disk,
do the whole process over
If I do have to take that route I would like to know how to solve the issue with ubuntu installer not able to detect the windows 8 install before i start that long process, to save me from ending up where I am now but with the repair disk. None of the 12+ topics on the fact were helpful...