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    Dual-booting Ubuntu on pre-installed Windows 8

    Hi, I've just bought a new laptop (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-Ideap.../dp/B00B2HVYT6) and I want to dual-boot Ubuntu with Windows 8 (which comes on the laptop) on it so I can use Windows games on the Windows half and use Ubuntu for most other day-to-day tasks. I just have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what I'm doing! How do I download it? Apparently I need to use a bootable USB or DVD? Can't I just download it from a website? Does dual-booting have to be split 50/50 or can you partion it off differently? I read an article 'explaining' how to do it that talked about installing GRUB to the root partition and GRUB chain-loading - which just sounds like goobledegook to me.

    I have never learnt IT skills past year 9 but am forever showing members of my family how to do things and cut corners on a computer. I am more than willing to learn this stuff if the explanation given to me doesn't include a whole load of jargon that I don't understand and then needs explaining further so that I can understand the original explanation.

    Please help eradicate my confusion! I'm sure it'll all make sense eventually...

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    Re: Dual-booting Ubuntu on pre-installed Windows 8

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums

    It used to be quite easy to make a dual boot installation, but today most new computers come with Windows installed in UEFI mode. This makes it harder, but not impossible. You can start with this link

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

    If your installation will not work out of the box, there is help here at the Ubuntu Forums. There is a megathread about a small script with a graphical user interface, Boot-Repair, where you can find help with similar tasks as yours, and where you can ask questions too.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1769482

    Edit: The Optimus technology might be a little tricky, but there are ways to solve that too, see for example

    http://bumblebee-project.org/install.html

    But you started an own thread, so come back here with more questions and comments!



    Good luck
    Last edited by sudodus; May 17th, 2013 at 04:15 PM. Reason: optimus & bumblebee

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    Re: Dual-booting Ubuntu on pre-installed Windows 8

    Some of the other threads on similar Lenovo's with UEFI dual booting and the issues they had to work thru.

    Lenovo Z580 laptop
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2112271
    See post #29 on removing Battery to get it to reset & boot Ubuntu.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2117760
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500 LiveUSB Problem
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2095063
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/27257.../290358#290358
    lenovo u310 - install to SSD
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2129157
    Lenovo IdeaCentre K410 Pentium 64-bit
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2129961
    Discovered that on my Lenovo, if I press F12 repeatedly on startup, it takes me into a Boot Order menu. If I select Windows there, it boots into Windows. I also found that to get into BIOS at startup on my Lenovo tower, you press F1 rather than the F2 I'm used to on other computers.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Dual-booting Ubuntu on pre-installed Windows 8

    Thanks for the amazingly quick responses! Ubuntu truly is a global community out there to help n00bs like me!

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