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How could I dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on Secure boot mode?

asked 2013-02-05 09:39:49 -0500

Sameh gravatar image

updated 2013-08-26 12:27:58 -0500

ryanlerch gravatar image

I just bought a new Dell laptop with Windows 8 and I want to install Fedora 18 and dual-boot the two, but the computer freezes whenever I insert the Fedora disc and restart (it freezes before it runs the CD). I thought that Fedora supports UEFI Secure Boot, then what's the problem?

Another problem is that if I switched to legacy, then the Fedora disc runs fine, but Windows fails to boot; Will it boot if I switch to legacy and then install Fedora? meaning will the grub boot loader be able to boot Windows in legacy mode?

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answered 2013-02-05 22:58:05 -0500

Rahul Bhadana gravatar image

updated 2014-02-14 00:58:24 -0500

Pre install windows 8 comes with UEFI secure boot enabled (UEFI which substitutes what we have known as the BIOS) which prevent unrecognized source to boot or Linux

But Fedora 18 have support for the UEFI boot see here

So there is no problem in dual boot fedora 18 with windows 8

for your convenient you can off the UEFI secure boot in some easy step they are

1 ) while holding shift key click on restart option (from power)

2 ) windows will show you option then select Troubleshoot

3 ) select advanced options

4 ) select UEFI frameware settings then disable it after restart

Here is the video

Then you are able to install fedora 18 and even old version of the Linux which couldn’t install before in windows 8 .

in dual boot if you don’t get the windows 8 listed in grub menu then

type following command in terminal while mounting drive which have windows installed

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/grub.cfg # for UEFI
grub2-mkcondig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg  # for bios
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answered 2013-02-05 10:21:33 -0500

joseluisq gravatar image

Hi, Personally, I have dual-boot on my PC, I have two SO, Windows 7 and Fedora 18.

First I installed Windows 7, I before reserved a little of space for after, then I installed Fedora 18 and I selected the free space for default installation, Fedora 18 creates the partitions structure for default on free space and that's it!

reboot and done, Fedora 18 took over of dual-boot!

I hope you can try

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answered 2013-06-06 17:15:10 -0500

Windows 8 will not boot in legacy mode. The boot files are in efi format.

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