Questions about the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface that finally replaced the BIOS on newer desktops and laptops with the release of Windows 8. UEFI is independent from CPU architectures and supports booting via UEFI with and without secure boot enabled as well as legacy booting via CSM.

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Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed Windows 10 with UEFI

I'm absolutely new to Linux. I have been using Windows for all my life, but I have read about Ubuntu (and Linux in general) and I think I'll like it, so I wanted to know how to install Ubuntu on my PC ...
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How can I tell if my system was booted as EFI/UEFI or BIOS?

How do I determine whether a particular running Ubuntu system was booted using EFI/UEFI, or BIOS?
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How to create UEFI-only bootable USB live media?

Having live media that can boot both ways can be a problem when installing Ubuntu onto currently available Windows 8 computers. In other words the key advantage to creating UEFI-only bootable USB ...
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How can I dual-boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu on a UEFI HP notebook?

I've got an HP Pavilion Touchsmart notebook that came with Windows 8. I've upgraded to 8.1, and now I want to dual-boot an Ubuntu distribution with Windows 10. When dual-booting with Windows 8.1, the ...
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How can I change/convert a Ubuntu MBR drive to a GPT, and make Ubuntu boot from EFI?

I recently have upgraded my PC, my new Motherboard (ASUS M5A99X EVO) uses UEFi instead of the regular MBR option. I have a Ubuntu 11.10 installation that I did when I had my previous hardware (MSI MS ...
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Is it possible to boot Ubuntu using the Windows bootloader?

As noted by many people, Windows 8's UEFI requirements might will won't get in the way of installing Linux (or whatever), as the replacement bootloader will also need to be signed somehow. Some ...
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Windows 8 removes Grub as default boot manager

I have a Sony VAIO S series with Windows 8 preinstalled, and I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on a new partition. When the PC boots Grub is display, and I can choose between Windows 8 (didn't worked at the ...
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Grub does not show a Windows 8 option after dual boot

So, I've successfully dual-booted my Windows 8 machine with Ubuntu 12.04 . However, I still don't have a convenient method of choosing what OS to load at boot time. After installing Ubuntu, my ...
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How do I remove “Ubuntu” in the bios boot menu? (UEFI)

See this ubuntu appears in BIOS menu I have this on my Lenovo s205 too. Is there some way to remove "ubuntu" from the menu? I don't even have it installed anymore.
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How to understand Ubuntu UEFI Secure Boot install?

Now that Secure Boot is supported, what special instructions does one have to follow to install Ubuntu on a UEFI Secure Boot enabled PC shipped with Windows 8? As I understand, Ubuntu >= 12.04.2 ...
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VirtualBox boots only in UEFI Interactive shell

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 in VirtualBox with UEFI. But now I have rebooted this OS and now it boots into a UEFI Interactive Shell v2.0. How can I boot normally into Grub again?
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Which commands to convert a Ubuntu BIOS install to EFI/UEFI without boot-repair on single boot hardware?

Accidental BIOS mode install I have Intel 64-bit hardware with UEFI setup utility. Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS was installed as the only operating system on the only drive attached. Accidentally Ubuntu was ...
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32-Bit UEFI Boot Support

I recently purchased a Dell Venue 8 Pro. I have read online about what it needs in order to boot into Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. From what I have gathered, what really needs to happen is 32-...
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Grub not showing on startup for Windows 8.1 Ubuntu 13.10 Dual boot

Ok, so I'm such a newbie to Ubuntu and I bought a Windows 8 pre-installed laptop last month. I updated to Windows 8.1 and then I thought about installing Ubuntu as a dual boot so I could mess around ...
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How to boot Ubuntu from EFI/UEFI?

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on a newly bought Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 71 (model: 1577-G3G) with EFI boot enabled. I opted for the Use Entire Disk option. Even though the installation process went without ...
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Error: partition table requires a separate partition for boot loader code (EFI issue)

The Issue I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit, Mac alternate) on my 13" MacBook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). The MacBook Pro is running OSX 10.8.3 and I'm trying to make it dual-bootable (i.e., ...
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virtualbox machine boots to efi shell

I recently transferred a virtualbox machine from my laptop to my recently reinstalled desktop. The image works fine on my laptop, but when I try to boot it on my new machine, I get dumped to an "EFI ...
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Why does the first partition start at sector 34 when I choose “Guided - Use entire disk” during install?

After choosing "Guided - Use entire disk" during installation of Ubunsut Server 12.04 I find that the first partition starts on sector 34. Why that specific sector and not the first one? (parted) ...
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How do I create an EFI-bootable ISO of a customized version of Ubuntu?

I have created an own Ubuntu distribution that I want to boot (from a USB) on my MAC. When using the standard 64bit-Ubuntu-iso from the Ubuntu website, it boots. However, when doing the exact same ...
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ubuntu appears in BIOS menu (UEFI)

I've just installed and uninstalled ubuntn and win7 on my laptop for several times, and this happened: see the pictures below. The first one is about BIOS: The second is what I got after ...
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Sony VAIO with Insyde H2O EFI bios will not boot into GRUB EFI

I bought a new Sony Vaio S series laptop. It uses Insyde H2O BIOS EFI, and trying to install Linux on it is driving me crazy. root@kubuntu:~# parted /dev/sda print Model: ATA Hitachi HTS72756 (scsi) ...
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Howto run Ubuntu with UEFI and Intel Smart Response Technology

This question has NOT been answered by the following due to them saying to permanently disabling these features Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed UEFI Supported Windows 8 system Install ubuntu on ...
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Cannot detect Windows 8 from Ubuntu 12.04 Live USB installation on Toshiba qosmio x870

From other questions raised, I read that if Ubuntu Live USB boots in UEFI mode then it should detect Windows 8 during installation. During installation, I only see two options, Erase disk and install ...
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Is wubi for Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to boot WUBI installed Ubuntu within Windows 8? Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed Windows 8 system My Dell laptop shipped with Windows 8. I installed Ubuntu 12.10(...
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''EFI boot partition'' and ''biosgrub'' partition

Why do I need these? I have installed Ubuntu under a non UEFI (master boot record) and have installed Ubuntu with no 'biosgrub' and it works fine, whereas other times I am asked to make a 'biosgrub' ...
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Configure Dual Boot, Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 with or without EFI

I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a laptop with Windows 7 but I don't get to boot from Ubuntu. First, during the installation I made these partitions (may be too many): /dev/sda1 FAT32 SYSTEM ...
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What is the advantage of a signed kernel?

I was looking through APT packages for Quantal and I found one called linux-signed-image-generic, which only says that it's "Signed with the Ubuntu EFI key." The kernel package that it currently ...
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Why disabling “Secure Boot” is enforced policy when installing 3rd party modules

When installing 16.04, I was asked to turn off "Secure Boot" if I wanted to install 3rd party modules/drivers. I did not comply. And when I installed manually the only 3rd party drivers I use (bcmwl-...
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Which iso image do I need to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Macbook Pro so that it boots using (U)EFI?

Unlike with earlier releases, the website is unclear on giving a straight recommendation for installing ubuntu on a mac: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04/release/ I've read several times, ...
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How to, finally, get Ubuntu to boot on a mac from external USB storage?

I wish to run Ubuntu on my iMac from external USB storage, either an external disk or a flash drive. I can easily create a bootable USB stick and use that to install Ubuntu 14.04 onto a properly ...
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How do I install Ubuntu alongside UEFI enabled Windows 8? [duplicate]

I recently (about a month ago) bought a Dell XPS 8500 Desktop with UEFI enabled Windows 8 Pro pre-installed. I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit dualboot with Windows on this computer. I don't ...
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How to install Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit with a dual-boot RAID 1 partition on an UEFI/GPT system?

I have a computer with dual SSDs and Win (7) pre-installed on another disk. The pre-installation uses (U)EFI/GPT boot. I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit desktop on a RAID1 root partition on my ...
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How do I create a multiboot environment using LVM for your *buntu operating systems on a GPT formatted system drive, in a UEFI based system?

My reason for using LVM is that I reinstall, upgrade and generally mess around with my OS installs so much that I have found that LVM gives me fantastic flexibility in moving, expanding, cloning and ...
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Where is the memtest option on the 12.04 64-bit live CD?

I'm looking for the memtest option on the 64-bit version of the Ubuntu 12.04 live CD, but the only options I have are "Try Ubuntu without installing", "Install Ubuntu", and "Check disc for defects". ...
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How to fix dual-booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a Sony Vaio?

I am currently trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a Sony Vaio that came pre-installed with Windows 8 in (I understand) UEFI mode. And I am experiencing the dual-boot hell. I already tried most of the ...
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Which partition to select as device for boot loader in an EFI mode install? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows 8 (to dual boot) on my new laptop. Since there is already an EFI partition on the disk, I didn't create another one (as suggested in: https://...
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12.04.2 Failed to install grub-efi to /target/

I have a Lenovo u410 ultrabook. It's sata scheme consists of a 30gb SSD and a 1tb hdd in a raid0 with intel rapid start technology. I removed IRST and disabled the raid0. I want to install ubuntu on ...
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How to install Ubuntu server with UEFI and RAID1 + LVM

I used to install my servers with LVM over software RAID1, and grub install on the MBR of both drives. Now I have an UEFI server, and the compatibility (BIOS) mode does not seem to work. So I went ...
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How do I Dual Boot Windows 8 UEFI and Ubuntu 12.10? [duplicate]

I have got a new Samsung Series 7 laptop with Windows 8 where I tried to install Ubuntu. It is a 64-Bit system which uses UEFI and has "Secure Boot" switched on in the BIOS by default. After I ...
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Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI along Windows 8 (GRUB - error: can't find command drivemap)

Hello after a successfull installation of Ubuntu 12.10 amd64, I am now unable to boot Windows 8. Here are my actions: Made room (15 GB) for Ubuntu from Windows 8 Computer Managment Boot Ubuntu 12....
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Proprietary NVidia drivers with EFI on Mac, to prevent overheating

I have a dual-boot Mac OS X 10.8 and Kubuntu 12.10 64x on my white MacBook from mid-2010 installed. (Model identifier: MacBook7,1 . I have upgraded my RAM from 2GB to 8GB, if that matters.) I have ...
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Allowing boot of Ubuntu on a Acer Aspire v5-531 with UEFI

I was trying to install Ubuntu 14 (64-bit) on a Aspire V5-531, preinstalled Win 8. In the bios I can flag: boot mode UEFI, secure boot DISABLE in this case the neither installation USB card nor cd ...
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Dual boot UEFI Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 (both 64 bits). W7 entry doesn't appear in GRUB

After trying to install both OS during 2 days, I'm confused and getting mad... I have SSD 128 GB and HDD 500 GB both empty. My laptop is Asus K55VM. BIOS support UEFI. What I have done: Install new ...
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How To safely uninstall Ubuntu and restore Windows 8?

How to uninstall the Grub and restore the Windows 8 system with secure boot and UEFI?
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Windows 8 changes GRUB2 in every boot!

I've installed Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 both UEFI style (win8 first then ubuntu). GRUB2 shows me both Ubuntu and Win8 entries. If I boot into Ubuntu is fine. I could reboot anytime I will see ...
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When I start the Ubuntu ISO, initramfs says “unable to find a medium containing a live file system”

When I start the Ubuntu ISO(13.10) on a USB, initramfs says "unable to find a medium containing a live file system". These are my PC specs: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/PoniesFiM/saved/39dy I have ...
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How do I get my HP laptop to boot into grub from my new efi file?

I have an HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14 laptop that I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 dual boot with the original windows 8. I used boot-repair to get set up to boot into grub. My issue is that I have not ...
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Windows 8 won't boot via grub after intalling 12.10 with boot-repair

I hope someone here might be able to help me. I've just purchased a new Acer Aspire V3-771G laptop which came pre-installed with windows 8. I shrunk the main windows partition and installed ubuntu ...
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How to enter BIOS on UEFI capable Lenovo Z50? (Novo button) [closed]

I have a Lenovo Z50 machine that came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I booted into Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit from a DVD using the "Change Advanced Startup Options" (or similar) option from within Windows ...
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Legacy vs UEFI Help

Are there any drawbacks to installing Ubuntu 13.10 (and soon 14.04) in Legacy BIOS instead of UEFI? I have installed 13.10 64bit in Legacy by mistake and was just wondering if it would hurt anything ...