I have a Sony Vaio Pro 13, which came pre-installed with Windows 8 and the Vaio Care/Rescue Utility. My goal was to make it dual-bootable to Ubuntu 12.04 as well. As it turns out, the Ubuntu install worked, but it is not bootable, and after a few runs of boot-repair, it does not boot to Windows 8 and I cannot access the recovery partition that is built into the laptop. The only thing I can do is boot from my LiveUSB (with try ubuntu) The last boot-repair gave me this : http://paste.ubuntu.com/6464375 and after I tried to recover Windows this http://paste.ubuntu.com/6469950


Your problem is that boot-repair did not update GRUB2 correctly. Luckily, there is a very easy fix for this. Here's what you can do:

  1. Boot to Ubuntu.
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+T To start a Terminal emulator.
  3. Type sudo update-grub and press Enter.
  4. Once the command is finished, reboot.

You should now see Windows 8 as an option in your boot menu. Good luck and have fun with Ubuntu!

  • Unfortunately incorrect answer, as Boot-Repair already did an update-grub (see line 931 of Hugo's log paste.ubuntu.com/6464375). Line 938 you can see that there is already a Windows 8 (loader) entry in the GRUB menu. – LovinBuntu Nov 24 '13 at 21:16
  • I've had this same problem. boot-repair often says it runs update-grub, but often that causes problems. Doing it from Ubuntu itself fixes that (I know from experience). – Dillmo Nov 24 '13 at 22:04
  • Never seen any report about such issue :) If you can reproduce, please could you create a bug report HERE ? (please indicate the Boot-Repair log, and the output of update-grub) – LovinBuntu Nov 25 '13 at 18:16

Run Boot-Repair again, but this time answer No to the question Do you want to activate [Backup and rename Windows EFI files]. Then reboot, you should be able to access both Windows and Ubuntu via the BIOS (indeed UEFI firmware).

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