How to Install Linux Mint 18 Alongside Windows 10 or 8 in Dual-Boot UEFI Mode

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55 Responses

  1. T Johnston says:

    Hi, followed tutorial perfectly until it gets to step # 12. There is NO Windows Boot Manager listed. There are 2 listings of Windows 10 Loader. What should I do next?

  2. negachin says:

    Hi, great tutorial! Sadly I used another one and it didn’t say to set Windows boot manager for installing grub loader so I skipped that part. I don’t know if it’s directly related to my problem (but everything else I did as in your tutorial), but now Linux mint works perfectly while windows doesn’t get recognized anymore by any booting menu. even if I enable UEFI boot (i made Linux run on legacy as it was advised) the PC doesn’t see Linux anymore, nor does it see windows though. As if no OS was installed. Can you help me with this?

    • Matei Cezar says:

      Have you tried to change boot order or HDD BBS from UEFI settings? Was the Linux installation performed from UEFI mode or Legacy?

  3. bad bad bad says:

    Thank you for your tutorial, let me explain my problem. Hope you can help.

    I have a HDD and a SSD inside my laptop. HDD is sda and the newer SSD is sdb. I copied my entire Windows from HDD to SDD a year ago, everything works fine. I formatted my HDD, but boot partition still remains.

    When I tried to install Mint 18.1 in SSD, the boot loader always shows up in sda1, even setting up a boot partition in sdb could not help. I used “df” command to see what was wrong, it told me that /boot was mount on sdb7 which I set it up during the installation and /boot/efi was mount on sda1, really strange.

    What’s more, every time I tried to load Windows in grub2 menu, it went into repairing mode straightly. I had to press F12(for DELL) to load Windows boot manager.

    So I wanna make the boot partition mount on my SSD so that I can exchange my HHD. Maybe I should remove my HDD during the installation? And I wanna figure out why I can not load Windows though gurb2, because press F12 every time I boot up is every annoy.

    Sorry for my bad English. Any help is appreciated.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      I dont understand what you’re trying to accomplish? Install two OSes on different hard drives or install both OSes on a single hard drive? If you want to dual-boot on a single hard drive , remove the HDD and install the OSes. Else, you could try to install windows first, plug the second hard drive, install Linux and Grub in Windows boot manager.

  4. dinesh says:

    I installed Linux Mint according to the above steps, but on starting the system when select windows 10 to load, it does not start.

    Linux Mint loads into the system without any problem, but windows 10 doesn’t. I think when i selected device for boot loader installer i selected an option with windows 10 in it, and win 10 loader has been overwritten in grub menu. now how to get to start with my windows 10 os.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      If you go to UEFI settings can you choose Windows as first boot option from boot order? If yes, choose that option as the first one. Or, boot to Linux and install Boot-Repair and follow the steps to recover boot options.

      • Ankush says:

        I am also stuck as in same situation of dinesh. How can go to UEFI settings on windows 10 machine if I am not able to login in windows?

        Is this boot repair works with mint also?

        • Matei Cezar says:

          In order to go to UEFI settings you must press a special key on machine start-up (usually F2, F10, F11, F12, Esc, Del etc depending on your motherboard manufacturer specifications). Yes, Boot-Repair can be installed in Linux Mint also or under a Linux Mint Live ISO image (DVD or bootable USB drive).

  5. Lee says:

    What you show here is physically impossible. The drive can only have 4 primary partitions. You started with 3 in Windows and added 3 more during the Linux install? That can’t be done.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      On a HDD initialized with GPT partition style you can have up to 128 primary partitions. You can have only 4 primary partitions for on a HDD with MBR partition scheme. Anyway, you can install Linux even on logical partitions. Only Windows require a primary partition for installation.

  6. Matei Cezar says:

    Change EFI settings by pressing the special key (F2, F11, F12 , Del depending on motherboard specifications) and choose what OS should be loaded by default at boot time.
    Also, try to run the following command from Windows with administrator privileges:

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

  7. Tristan says:

    I can’t Find Windows Boot Mangeer

  8. Matei Cezar says:

    It should show you the free space without any issue. Go back to Windows and create a new NTFS partition using the unallocated space. Boot again in Linux Mint and use the last created partition.

  9. Manish Garhwal says:

    Please help!

    I have windows 8 BIOS and 500GB HDD which is divided into 4 partitions. I shirked one of them to create unallocated space of 48GB .

    I want to install Linux mint 18.1 alongside windows. but after choosing “something else” it shows only C drive partition separately other three partitions are shown as whole. It does not show a free space that I shirked.

    please help me asap.

    • Aakash says:

      Did you find the solution?
      Same problem here

      • twillight Design says:

        I have windows 10 installed Linux mint 18 alongside windows 10 and when i boot up my pc it shows the two options windows 10 and linux mint 18 it gives me no problem the thing is with some of you is you either don’t have a GIF partition hard drive.

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