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So i have always been a windows user and this was my first time installing a linux based os to my computer. After watching a tutorial on youtbe and reading the guide on the ubuntu website the installation seemed straight forward and for the most part it was, After succesfully installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8 ubuntu promped me to restart my computer so i did, after it restarted instead of giving me a screen where i can choose wich OS i can boot it just went straight to Windows 8, i have no idea how to run the Ubuntu i installed because every time i restart it goes straight to windows. I am kind of sad because i allocated 100GB of HDD space to ubuntu and it would be a shame that i wont be able to get it back. Can anyone help me with this. I am 100% new to linux. If needed these are my PC specs Intel i7-3632qm Quad Core 64bit 8GB RAM DDR3 1TB HDD HP Envy m4 laptop

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Did you choose ubuntu in the menu? – M.Tarun Aug 13 '13 at 6:22
There is no option to choose ubuntu, it only boots Windows 8 when it turns on. – Cesar Mendoza Aug 13 '13 at 6:29
Did you make the partitions yourself? – M.Tarun Aug 13 '13 at 6:32
If you mean that fi i chose the option "Run Ubuntu alongside Windows 8" or the option "Something Else" i did i chose the run ubuntu alongside windows 8 option. oh and i gave ubuntu 100gb – Cesar Mendoza Aug 13 '13 at 6:39
Please tell that when you boot from the Ubuntu Live DVD does it display the menu with black background (UEFI) or purple background (BIOS)... This link should help you decide- – Aaditya Bagga Aug 14 '13 at 5:40

*Note-*If anyone can help the gentlemen directly most welcome, i did not find a simple clearcut solution on the net so i have complied this list.

List of compiled links-

UEFI and Windows 8

Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed Windows 8 (64-bit) System (UEFI Supported)

How to turn Secure Boot Off in Windows 8

Threads about installing Ubuntu Dual Boot with Windows 8

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Thanks this is exactly what i needed! Thank You! – Cesar Mendoza Aug 14 '13 at 17:22
You are most welcome :) If it solved your problem, please mark this answer as solved. – Aaditya Bagga Aug 14 '13 at 18:02
And it would be helpful for other users if you could mention what solved your problem, was it disabling the Secure Boot or something else? Thank You. – Aaditya Bagga Aug 14 '13 at 20:30

It seems that the Ubuntu bootloader (grub) has not been installed correctly. So you could boot from the dvd from which you installed ubuntu , and then follow this guide-

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Thanks Mate! i decided to remove it all and start fresh, which version do you recommend for Windows 8 Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04? – Cesar Mendoza Aug 13 '13 at 7:21
You are welcome :) and 13.04 is better (13.04 is the latest version released on april, 2013 : hence 13.04. and is better suited for installation alongside windows 8) – Aaditya Bagga Aug 13 '13 at 7:24
Hello i re-installed ubuntu and saw that grub or the choose OS screen wasnt working again, the computer just went straight to Windows 8, so i tried to re-install grub from the live CD meathod, i followed all the steps and it set boot repair succesfull and that i can now restart my computer. When i re-started my computer i expected to see grub but instead it went straight to Windows 8 again, i went to the live CD again and tried the Sudo fdisk meathod on the terminal to re-install grub but when i want to pick my root partition for linux it doesn't appear on the list... – Cesar Mendoza Aug 13 '13 at 20:06
Ok sir... it could be because you have a Winodws 8 in UEFI mode (its a new technology) and a HP laptop which are known to be problematic with UEFI. I will post a step by step guide for you very shortly. – Aaditya Bagga Aug 14 '13 at 4:10
Sir I think that you need to turn the Secure Boot option off- Here is a detailed guide on it - and 1 more… – Aaditya Bagga Aug 14 '13 at 5:08

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