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When I install Xubuntu, I get the message "This computer currently has no detected operating systems. What would you like to do?". I just did a fresh install of Win8 yesterday, and I guess it used EFI because I have a 104MB partition that is of type 'efi'.

Is there any way to install Xubuntu next to Win8, and avoid any boot problems? Or can I switch Win8 to BIOS from EFI, without having to re-install Windows? I went through a ton of boot problems and re-installing yesterday... I really don't want to have to do it again.

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What do you have now? Windows and Xubuntu or Xubuntu and Windows or just Xubuntu? You should always install Windows first before Linux, to avoid GRUB problems. –  Seth Dec 2 '12 at 17:34
    
I have a fresh copy of Windows 8, that's it. –  Logan Serman Dec 2 '12 at 17:41
    
Ok, Can you tell us what computer you have? –  Seth Dec 2 '12 at 18:32
    
It's critical that we understand your current configuration. The Boot Info Script (sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript) will track it down and save it in a file called RESULTS.txt. Try running the script and posting a link to its output. –  Rod Smith Dec 3 '12 at 2:11
    
This discussion and the tool fixparts helped me: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2126265 –  WarrenFaith Jun 3 '13 at 11:29

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  1. Your PC is UEFI, so to avoid problems, you must use Xubuntu 12.10 64bit
  2. Use the Windows tools to reduce your Windows partition. Make at least 20GB free.
  3. If the Xubuntu installer does not detect Windows, do NOT choose "Use the entire disk" option or it will erase Windows. Instead, use the "Somethingelse" option, create a root and a SWAP partition in the free space. (see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DiskSpace ), and install Xubuntu. Then use Boot-Repair's Recommended Repair to add a valid Windows UEFI entry in your GRUB menu.
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On the download site 64bit is called 'AMD64' –  Seth Dec 3 '12 at 23:31

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