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Laptop: HP Probook 4520s Windows: Windows 8 x64

This is what I want

I want to install Ubuntu 13.04

When my computer starts, I want it to give me option to choose to load Windows 8 or Ubuntu

  • As Windows 8 boot loader option (that blue screen, not the Ubuntu screen asking for it)
  • If i dont choose within 15 seconds, windows 8 loads default as automatically
  • Also I want to be able to change the defaults

Can anyone help me and guide me step by step what should I do to install Ubuntu over windows 8 to get what I want

Thanks in advance!

Edit: There are already similar questions, but in this case, Windows is not UEFI, I have installed windows 8 myself, built in windows was Windows 7 in my laptop And I can not understand or find the easy steps to do the above anywhere

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, Luis Alvarado Jul 24 '13 at 5:19

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Hmm. Are you sure you don't have UEFI? –  Seth May 17 '13 at 2:32
    
Is this what you're after?: neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Ubuntu –  bcbc May 17 '13 at 2:44

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As Windows 8 boot loader option (that blue screen, not the Ubuntu screen asking for it)

  • This guide might help you get it done. Basically:

    • Create 3 partitions
    • Install Windows 8
    • Install Ubuntu
    • Swap

If i dont choose within 15 seconds, windows 8 loads default as automatically

Also I want to be able to change the defaults

  • I'm not sure what you mean here, but I'm guessing which OS comes first. You can also edit this with EasyBCD. I believe it's either in the Advanced Settings or Edit Boot Menu categories.

Though honestly if you want to avoid troubles getting an external drive to install either OS will save you from further troubles in setting up boot options and the like.

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Install Ubuntu onto a secondary (slave) hard drive. The Ubuntu installation configures everything automatically so that you can:

a) have a dual boot

b) Windows is the default boot option (if you don't select within 15 seconds)

I'm not sure about changing the defaults, but this shouldn't be a problem.

This seems far easier and hassle-free than creating 3 partitions.

Good luck.

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