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    Installing Ubuntu 14.04.1 from a USB flash drive


    So I followed a youtube tutorial on how to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.1. Basically I downloaded the .iso file from your website, used Universal USB installer to extract it, or whatever, to the USB drive (which was formatted). Then I restarted, entered BIOS, changed boot order so that usb drive goes first. Now I get a screen where I have 4 options:
    1. Try Ubuntu without installing
    2. Install Ubuntu
    3. OEM install (for manufacturers)
    4. Check disk for defects
    The first one does what it says it does, takes me to some kind of preview version, I can access some features.
    But when I choose Install Ubuntu, it takes me to ubuntu desktop but what's weird is that I can't really do anything. No sidebar, no nothing, just a few icons in the top right corner. What's even weirder is that I didn't even get to the installation wizard, like in the youtube video. Instead of taking me to the install process it takes me to some, what looks like, a broken version of OS..
    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance!

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    win 8.1 OMG here we go

    Quote Originally Posted by koyax View Post
    So I followed a you tube tutorial on how to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.1. Basically I downloaded the .iso file from your website, used Universal USB installer to extract it, or whatever, to the USB drive (which was formatted). Then I restarted, entered BIOS, changed boot order so that usb drive goes first. Now I get a screen where I have 4 options:
    1. Try Ubuntu without installing
    2. Install Ubuntu
    3. OEM install (for manufacturers)
    4. Check disk for defects
    The first one does what it says it does, takes me to some kind of preview version, I can access some features.
    But when I choose Install Ubuntu, it takes me to Ubuntu desktop but what's weird is that I can't really do anything. No sidebar, no nothing, just a few icons in the top right corner. What's even weirder is that I didn't even get to the installation wizard, like in the you tube video. Instead of taking me to the install process it takes me to some, what looks like, a broken version of OS..
    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance!
    Ok I had similar lordy what a mess 8.1 is the problem and it's a bear I had to hard format I.E reprogram hdd to get rid of 8.1
    and then install any additional apps that I needed see packagekit. For anything needed some one else will have more on this
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    The problem with UEFI (Win computers is each hardware manufacturer did it their own way. A guide that may work perfectly on one machine may not work at all on another.

    One way to see if your hardware is compatible with Linux is to use a spare hard drive, shut off secure boot, put UEFI into legacy mode, disable fastboot (if so equipped) and install the distro of your choice on the empty MBR tabled hard drive. If it works the way you want it to, then you can try to jump through the hoops necessary to try to get it to dual boot on a GPT drive under UEFI & secure boot...

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    As NGIB said, the best way to dual-boot is to let Windows have the first hard drive and install linux to a second hard drive. That is not always an option for laptops, of course.

    Step 1 is to make sure you have a Windows Repair/Restore disc, and make sure you have your personal files backed up somewhere.

    Next, you have to determine if Windows is installed in UEFI mode or legacy mode. That will determine how linux should be installed. Boot the Ubuntu disc, chose "Try Ubuntu", open a terminal, enter the command: sudo parted -l
    If it says partition 1 on sda is about 300MB, FAT 32, boot partition, and at the same time says "GPT partitioning", then Windows is installed in UEFI mode, and in order to install Ubuntu to that hard drive for a dual-boot, you have to make sure that the installation DVD or USB is booted in UEFI mode - before you install. The way you do that is to open a terminal and enter the command: dmesg | grep -i EFI
    The result on a BIOS-based boot should be few or no lines of output. On an EFI-based boot, though, the output will be extensive.

    You can not assume that your method of creating an Ubuntu usb will work for a UEFI installation. Some ways of creating a usb are not complatible with UEFI - unetbootin and LILI are not reliable (because the usb does not contain the exact properties of the .iso file). You can burn a DVD, or use the dd command to create a usb from within the live Ubuntu system - both of those methods are highly reliable.

    You also need to adjust your partitions on the hard drive so that you have partitions ready to install Ubuntu on. It is easiest to do that before you start the installation.

    You don't need the "Install Ubuntu" option at all. When you use the "Try Ubuntu" option, there will be a "Install Ubuntu" launcher on the desktop that you can use.

    You have to boot Windows and turn off the "Fast Startup" feature AND you have to go into your computer's boot settings and disable "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot"

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    Also note that if you disable secure boot, Win 8 will likely not start up. On my UEFI box, I decided I did not need Win 8 at all so I just turned it into a BIOS box by creating a new msdos partition table on the hard drive (it was in GPT format), disabling secure boot and putting UEFI in legacy mode. I then installed Win 7 and have run a number of Linux distros on it...

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