I am currently running a dual boot of Windows 10 Home 64-bit and Xubuntu 15.04 64-bit on my machine. I have Windows 10 on an SSD, Xubuntu on another SSD and an HDD for storage formatted as NTFS (this is used to store music, games, documents, pictures etc.). The GRUB2 boot-loader is also on the SSD with Xubuntu. Previously I used this exact set-up with Windows 7 instead of 10 and there were no issues with booting into my desired OS via GRUB2, as well as being able to mount the NTFS storage drive in Linux.
Here is the problem I am experiencing now:
After about 10 or so boots into Linux, I turn on my computer and the boot order has changed and it wants to boot straight to Windows 10. After changing the boot order back, my NTFS drive will not mount due to the error described, and resolved here:
(I can use the fix provided in the link, but this is a major annoyance as there are dependencies between my Linux OS and the NTFS drive.)
My boot device order is USB, Hard-disk, CD-ROM (all non UEFI) followed by others including the UEFI options. For the Hardisk order I want to have Linux, Windows, Storage... but when the boot order gets reset I get Windows, Storage, Linux.
I have a hunch it has something to do with "Secure Boot" and Windows 10, where Windows 10 prevents other bootloaders from functioning. I skipped Windows 8 so I am not familiar with this feature, and after some research I am a bit confused about Secure Boot and how to deal with it.
So my question is: How can I prevent Windows 10 from changing my boot order and messing with the mounting of the NTFS storage drive?
Some other pertinent information:
MSI Z77A-G45 (I updated the bios to the 2013-09-29 version found here: http://ca.msi.com/support/mb/Z77AG45.html/#down-bios)
Kingston 128GB SSD - Linux
Adata 128GB SSD - Windows 10
WD 2TB Black - Storage
BIOS INFO After the update in the advanced settings menu there is a Windows 8 features menu. If I enable Windows 8 features I can then choose to enable or disable secure boot, but when enabling Windows 8 features I am forced to boot with UEFI devices and my computer cannot boot. So I have the Windows 8 features toggle set to disabled right now.