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    Nov 2013

    Installing Ubuntu on Windows 8 laptop...

    Does anyone actually like this OS? I got a new laptop last night and the horror started. I had thought I would dual boot but after trying it out I can honestly say I want no part of it. So can anyone tell me how I can safely delete Windows 8 and install ubuntu? Its an HP laptop.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Ubuntu Mate Development Release

    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Windows 8 laptop...

    Does anyone actually like this OS?
    Have you even tried using it in Desktop mode? Also, there are a number of free Start Button add-ons you can install -- and the combination of these with Desktop mode return the PC to the desktop style of Win 7 -- which LOTS of people like.

    Telling you because (1) HP is infamous for using highly specialized hardware in their laptops -- for which you are unlikely to find Linux drivers, and (2), you already paid for Win 8, so why not try using it like Win7 before you immediately throw away what you paid good money to get?
    Ubuntu 17.10 Mate, Mint 18.3 Mate; MS Win10 Pro.
    Will not respond to PM requests for support -- use the forums.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Installing Ubuntu on Windows 8 laptop...

    I also recommend dual booting, some of the new systems can only be maintained from Windows. A few very early UEFI with secure boot could only get into UEFI from Windows (and if Windows would not boot system was a brick). Originally blamed on Linux but turned out that it was vendor's implementation of UEFI.

    If dual booting you do need to install Ubuntu in UEFI mode also. Be sure to turn off fast boot, secure boot and if an Ultrabook review additional details in link in my signature.
    Also first three install links in the link in my signature are vital to understanding the differences with UEFI over BIOS.

    What model HP. Other HPs and some of the issues they had.
    HP Envy M6
    HP Envy - Legacy boot seems to mean either UEFI or Legacy depending on which is found to boot from
    Installing Ubuntu on HP Envy-6 Details of what worked post #11
    HP 4545s Secure boot off, manually copy files.
    HP Manually renamed files to make it work.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.


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