I have a laptop with Windows 8.1 installed. I installed Ubuntu Gnome 15.04. I can not access the GRUB to select Ubuntu, the computer just boots straight to windows.

I have found the following articles, and tried everything described with no success:

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

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi

This post as well as the Boot-Repair program told me to try these commands from windows. After running the commands I'm told that they were successful but the computer still boots into windows.

I have disabled secure boot and fastboot.

Google gave me these instructions: To access the Boot Menu: Open the Charm Bar by pressing Windows Key-C. Click on Settings. Click on Change PC Settings. Click on General. Scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced Startup -> Restart Now. Click on Use A Device. Click on Boot Menu.

Although after clicking Use a Device "Boot Menu" is not an option, only my drives. I can't find the link at the moment, but I was also told to restart into the UEFI menu and change the priority of Boot Options, although, as I expected, only drives are listed under boot options, not partitions or OS Installations.

Does anyone know what I need to do in Windows 8.1 to gain access to my Ubuntu installation.

  • Post the URL provided by Boot Repair. – Rod Smith May 30 '15 at 0:38
  1. Burn Ubuntu Live USB / DVD (You can do it via Unetbootin).
  2. Boot the machine in Live Ubuntu environment.
  3. Open up terminal and type

    sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair; \

    sudo apt-get update; \

    sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

  4. Once the boot-repair window pops up , click on recommended repair.

  5. Reboot. This might do the trick

  • I did the Boot-Repair already. It said it was successful, but if i still have trouble to boot into windows and run the command i listed in my question. This also said successful but I am having the same issue. – Shannon Phillips May 29 '15 at 17:00

It could be that you have a 32-bit version of windows (and 32 bit EFI system) on 64-bit hardware, this is not uncommon. If this is the case, then I believe you'll need a 32-bit build of grub not the x64 version that ubuntu installs by default. I use rEFInd boot manager and a 32-bit build of grub to dual boot windows 8 32-bit and Xubuntu 14.04 64 bit. Detailed instructions for both are available on the internet.

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