Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I recently dual booted Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04, both UEFI. When I boot, I get directly to Windows 8, without any prompt or boot menu/grub menu. To access Ubuntu, I have to go to boot options by pressing F-12 while booting. How do I get the boot menu?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

This might be a problem of broken grub. Grub is basically a boot loader. In other words it is the screen that comes up with options to start Windows or Ubuntu. I had a very similar problem. In my case I had dual booted Mint and Ubuntu. To fix the grub, check this.

share|improve this answer
Yup! I got the grub menu alright, but now there is a new problem. I have 5 options, namely: 'Ubuntu', 'Advanced Options for Ubuntu', 'Windows UEFI bkpbootmgfw.efi', 'Windows boot UEFI loader' and 'System Setup'. Now, when I hit enter for Ubuntu, its all right, but when I go for Windows Boot EFI loader, the system goes for a restart. Why is it so? – Ranveer Jul 10 '13 at 14:39
See if this helps. – user2266748 Jul 10 '13 at 15:22
Check this official Ubuntu help page. It closely relates to your problem. – user2266748 Jul 10 '13 at 15:28

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.