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Windows 8 + Fedora 17 = Error on bootloader installation

asked 2012-06-16 08:14:16 -0500

Trinity gravatar image

Hello guys! I've an eeePC with Windows 8 and tried to install Fedora 17 from USB. Everything gone fine until, at the end of the process, i get an error while installing the bootloader. I think it depends on the new Windows bootloader, there's a way of fixing that? I also tried to install Xubuntu and it works fine, no problem with the bootloader (but I noticed he created a dedicated partition for /boot). Can I find a solution?


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answered 2013-02-05 11:43:50 -0500

Rahul Bhadana gravatar image

you can add windows 8 or other operating system in grub 2 by updating it (if UEFI secure boot not enabled)

first you have to disable it otherwise it's not possible (click here to see how to disable it) then follow these steps

1 - go to super mode by typing #su followed by your root password

2 - #grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

if it does not show windows 8 then try again by mounting windows 8 drive in fedora 17

for more details just see my video

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answered 2012-06-25 07:39:05 -0500

SoumyaC gravatar image

You cannot dual boot Linux (Fedora, or any other distribution) with Windows 8 as they are using the secure boot UEFI (replacing traditional BIOS). For able to be running with Windows 8 you need to buy a secure key from Verisign with 99$. As of the present decision taken by Fedora (referring Matthew Garrett's blog ), Fedora 18 will buy this secure key and will be able to get dual booted with Windows 8.

Still I guess UEFI provides you a option of disabling secure boot (though not recommended by M$) to dual boot any OS with Windows 8. More details regarding Windows 8 and UEFI can be found here -

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answered 2012-10-04 17:07:58 -0500

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updated 2012-10-04 17:09:29 -0500

While it's true that Fedora 17 won't dual boot with Secure Boot enabled, this shouldn't cause an error when installing the bootloader - The installer would fail to boot, and if you enable Secure Boot after installation, it would simply fail to boot the installed system. This is likely a bug in either your firmware, anaconda, or the kernel. Can you post the anaconda logs some place?

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answered 2012-06-24 10:40:53 -0500

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updated 2012-09-23 22:55:17 -0500

Windows 8 has a security feature called UEFI Secure Boot, that prevents starting some programs while booting. Try to use Fedora 17 with Windows 7. I'm using the same combination without any problem.

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answered 2012-11-17 15:14:50 -0500

I have installed Fedora (not as LVM but as standard partition!) on my Windows 8 Notebook. I can use both. Secure Boot or not: It's possible.

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