I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 and am having some issues getting GRUB to work with me. Whenever I want to get to GRUB (to boot Ubuntu), I have to manually select it: Selection of GRUB. Then I can select Ubuntu from there. However, I want to make GRUB the default bootloader for my machine so it doesn't autoboot into Windows if I forget to press esc on boot. My GRUB screen looks like this: GRUB. When I select Windows, I get this screen: Windows error. If someone could help me figure out how to make grub my default bootloader and how to boot into windows from GRUB, I would love it! Thanks :D


Your laptop is using UEFI, which is needed for Windows 8 to secure boot.

To fix this, leave the boot option to "OS boot Manager" and boot a live-cd/usb and select try Ubuntu. When at the desktop start Boot-Repair and click "Recommended repair". It will give a paste.ubuntu.com/XXXXXX/ url, note that down as we need it the repair doesn't work. Now reboot and you should see the GRUB menu.

  • Sounds good! I'll give this a go. But before I do, if something goes wrong, will anything happen to my HDD data or my ability to boot into Windows? – Globmont Jan 20 '14 at 22:30
  • Also, by clicking on the link, I noticed it would be possible to do this without burning a live-cd/usb. Will this yield the same results or do I need a cd/usb? (I ask because I don't have a CD or USB available as of now). – Globmont Jan 20 '14 at 22:32

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