I installed Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows 8 (which was factory installed). I have the options to turn off both UEFI and Secure Boot. The insall worked fine and I am able to use both operating systems, my problem is with trying to get into one or the other. If I am in Ubuntu and restart, it brings me to the GRUB menu with the following options:
- Advanced options for Ubuntu
- Windows UEFI bootmgfw.efi
- Windows UEFI recovery bkpbootmgfw.efi
- Windows Boot UEFI recovery
- Windows UEFI recovery bootmgfw.efi
- Windows Boot UEFI recovery sda2
- Windows Boot Manager (UEFI on /dev/sda3)
- System setup
If I choose Ubuntu it works fine and Ubuntu loads.
When I want to boot into Windows, I have tried multiple options and all of them either load directly into the OS or they give me the Windows Boot Manager, with one option: Windows 8.1.
This is all fine, but if I am in Windows and then want to go back into Ubuntu, there is a problem. I restart (or shut down) and when it starts back up it brings me directly to the ASCII Windows Boot Manager with the one option of Windows 8.1. There is no way to get to GRUB from here, even after multiple reboots. However I have found somewhat of a workaround: First I restart again and go into bios, change UEFI to Legacy and restart. When it turns back on it says "Operating System Not Found!" so I restart it once again, go to the BIOS again and change it back from Legacy to UEFI. Now when I restart it gives me the GRUB menu. That is quite a process just to go from Windows to Ubuntu and I know there must be something wrong. I've gone through the boot-repair process multiple times and changed the power settings in Windows for shutdown so that it doesn't create an image at shutdown.
Also, is there a way to change the GRUB menu to give me only the two options I want? I don't need or want all 11 of them. I've also seen other people have it set to boot to the windows 8 GUI for the boot options, but I can't seem to figure out how to bypass GRUB and get to that. I've tried using EasyBCD and that didn't seem to do anything. I understand there are quite a few problems with the whole process of dual booting these OS's so if this GUI thing doesn't work out I'll be ok.