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I want to dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 8. Both are installed in my Dell laptop but the bios is not configured properly. I have to press F11 every time I need to use Ubuntu instead of Windows 8. I tried to use Boot Repair to repair it but was unsuccessful.

Here the the output from my boot repair :

Also, the Boot Repair said that :

The boot files of [The OS now in use - Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS] are far from the start of the disk. Your BIOS may not detect them. You may want to retry after creating a /boot partition (EXT4, >200MB, start of the disk). This can be performed via tools such as gParted. Then select this partition via the [Separate /boot partition:] option of [Boot Repair]. (

What should I do in this situation?

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If this is a computer that shipped from the factory with Win 8, then BIOS is not a concern -- in order for a computer to be Win 8 certified it must be UEFI-compliant. That said, have a look at your system setup ("BIOS"/UEFI) and change the boot order. You should see a few entries, two of which would be "Ubuntu" and "Windows Boot Manager". Just move Ubuntu to the top and voila! – Chuck R May 4 '14 at 5:54
After perusing your Boot Repair log, I see that it is, in fact, UEFI. – Chuck R May 4 '14 at 5:58
That worked well! Thanks for the help :) – XMen May 4 '14 at 6:02
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  1. Enter the UEFI setup (usually F1,Delete,F12, etc.)
  2. Go to the Boot tab
  3. Move "Ubuntu" up to the top of the list
  4. Reboot
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