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I've decided to upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04.3 and got one problem.

I have GPT drive and UEFI boot, the drive already has EFI boot partition, but when I try to install Ubuntu it says:

The partition table format in use on your disks normally requires you to create a separate partition for boot loader code. This partition should be marked for use as “Reserved BIOS boot area” and should be at least 1 MB in size. Note that this is not the same as a partition mounted on /boot. If you do not go back to the partitioning menu and correct this error, bootloader installation may fail later, although it may still be possible to install the boot loader to a partition.

I've read this and this, but I don't understand where I'm wrong.

Disk partitions are:

  1. EFI boot partition (128 MB fat32) (esp and boot flags)
  2. SWAP partition
  3. Ubuntu partition (ext4)
  4. Windows partition (ntfs)
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    The Ubuntu live iso needs to be booted in UEFI mode, if you are booting one to do an upgrade. – Tom Yan Aug 10 '17 at 13:49
  • Yes, I run Ubuntu live in UEFI boot mode. – Akio Aug 10 '17 at 14:14
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    It only asks for bios_grub if installing in BIOS boot mode. The settings on booting an actual install are separate from the boot choices of a flash drive or DVD. With flash drive you should have two boot options, one UEFI:flash and other flash which then is the BIOS boot. Flash may be name, label or other info identifying flash drive. – oldfred Aug 10 '17 at 14:25
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    I concur with Tom Yan and oldfred. See my page on the CSM for further background information and practical suggestions for forcing a boot in EFI/UEFI mode. – Rod Smith Aug 10 '17 at 19:08

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