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There is some Windows software that I really need to use which will not run under WINE. Therefore I am seriously thinking of a dual boot machine. In order to accomplish this I am planning on purchasing a new PC. The PC I have now will not run any Windows past XP.

After reading several posts about setting up a dual boot machine, it seems to me as though the potential for success is greatly influenced by who made the computer and what hardware they used when they made it.

My two questions are: Is there a list anywhere of manufactures or models that offer the path of least resistance to installing Ubuntu?

If I were to buy a computer with Ubuntu preinstalled from ZaReason or System76, should I be able to install (and run) Windows 8.1 on it?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Braiam, Avinash Raj, BuZZ-dEE, mikewhatever, Alvar Jan 19 '14 at 19:48

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I think that answers my question. – GrouchyGaijin Jan 18 '14 at 17:21
I think that answers my question. My concern is that the secure boot/UEFI on the new Windows PC will cause problems trying to install Ubuntu. My concern with buying a System 76 or equivalent machine is that if secure boot/UEFI is not present on that system, will Windows 8.1 install and run? – GrouchyGaijin Jan 18 '14 at 17:29
With your windows question you should ask in Super User instead. IMO it doesn't matter. – Braiam Jan 18 '14 at 17:56

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In case of a System 76 (or similar) PC, Ubuntu should work fine and you can also install Windows 8.1 (it does not require secure boot) on it.

But in case of other manufactures Windows will work but Ubuntu might have some driver problems with WiFi, video card ,etc.

So you can buy a System 76 PC where Ubuntu will work out of the box. However, you can also buy Ubuntu certified hardwares in which Ubuntu will just work fine.

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