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my computer is a Sony Vaio Notebook. I used Ubuntu and Win 8 with dualboot but windows somehow managed to remove the choosing of the OS at startup. I think the bios is EFI and secureboot was disabled already and Boot Repair somehow fails, I attach the error links it gives. Can someone help please? I already spent half a day to find a solution.. Thanks a lot!

igor igel


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sda is missing GRUB ... "Place GRUB into sda" using: help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair –  jmunsch Jun 22 '14 at 17:21
With UEFI you do not have grub in the MBR of sda, just in the efi partition which it is. –  oldfred Jun 22 '14 at 17:23

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Sony's do not boot Ubuntu, just Windows. There are several work arounds and Boot-Repair renames the Windows efi boot file to be grub/shim so system thinks it boots Windows but really boots grub. But a Windows update overwrites the Windows named shim file and you are back to square one. May be better to use one of the other work arounds.

I have seen all of these. I suggest renaming bootx64.efi and boot hard drive or use rEFInd.

Systems that only boot Windows from UEFI. Work arounds -Often Sony & HP, maybe others

Backup entire efi partition before making changes.

A: Manually rename files either efi\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi and/or /EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.EFI to be grub or shim

a1: Rename /efi/boot/bootx64.efi, copy shim or grub into /efi/boot and name it bootx64.efi Then boot harddrive entry.

a2:(this is the same as what Boot-Repair does in B:. Rename /efi/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi and copy grub or shim into /efi/Microsoft/Boot and name it bootmgfw.efi Then boot Windows entry to boot to grub menu. You have to manually add a grub menu entry to boot renamed Windows efi file. Grub2's os-prober entry boots bootmgfw.efi entry which is now just grub, so it will not work.

Users who manually moved efi files around see post #6




B: Boot_Repair renames Windows bootmgfw.efi. But cannot boot Windows from UEFI only grub Always say no until proven that you only can boot Windows entry from UEFI menu. buggy-kernel detected. Do you want to activate [Backup and rename Windows EFI files]? yes (if any choice fails, please retry with the other) To undo & to rename files to their original names, you just need to tick the "Restore EFI backups" option of Boot-Repair.

Any rename either manually or with Boot-Repair will need to be redone after a Windows update as it will restore Windows files.

C: Edit Windows BCD, one Alternative to Boot-Repairs rename to make shim have Windows name. Some systems work better to register grub/shim from inside Windows - for those that keep resetting Windows as default

Grub not showing on startup for Windows 8.1 Ubuntu 13.10 Dual boot

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi


D: If Description has to be Windows then change UEFI description.

sudo efibootmgr -c -L "Windows Boot Manager" -l "\EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi"

E: Some install rEFInd which seems to be another workaround and has nice boot icons.



PPA available to make it easy to install in Ubuntu:


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Yes! Renaming worked for me! I mounted the efi partition and copied the files ../EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi to ../EFI/Boot/ and to /EFI/Microsoft/Boot and changed the name of the file as follows. In the ../EFI/Boot directory I overwrote the bootx64.efi with the file and in the ../EFI/Microsoft/Boot i overwrote the bootmgfw.efi with the file . That was all I think. Thank you very much! –  user296880 Jun 23 '14 at 20:28

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