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

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Matei Cezar

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31 Responses

  1. Rick Restivo says:

    You know, if someone selects the ” Install Linux Mint alongside Windows Boot Manager.” option, this tutorial pretty much leaves them hanging after the selection.

  2. pajik says:

    In order to show boot up menu (grub) I just had to run this in Windows as an administrator:

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

  3. james nash says:

    Thank you for your time and effort. I get as far as installing mint 18 kde half way in it crashes with the the message:

    fatal boot error

    I can only find secure boot, should raid be switched off and I turned on.
    thank you for any help jim..

    • Matei Cezar says:

      Is that a hardware RAID? You should first create the RAID array from BIOS/EFI according to your specifications and then attempt to install Linux.

  4. Clement says:

    Hi and thank you for this tutorial.

    Anyway, I’ve got something different that from there, and, before breaking anything, I’d like to ask a question.

    It seems that I don’t have an “efi” partition, but a ntfs Windows 10 (loader). See my partitions here :

    I’m wondering that, if I choose this partition for boot loader (grub ?) , it might break my startup and can’t use W10 anymore.

    What should I use as boot loader partition ?



    • Matei Cezar says:

      Choose sdb (windows 10 loader) from the bottom list (Peripherique ou sera installe le programme de demarrage) as the location where the GRUB will be installed and continue the installation process normally.

  5. Mike says:

    I really need your help, after restarting, it boot up straight to windows, it doesn’t show what OS to pick, I’m using acer es1-431 windows 10 64 bit, I don’t know what special function boot key to press to boot on mint 18, you just said that newer UEFI won’t show the grub, please help..

  6. Othmane says:

    (Sorry if I write this here but I really want an answer, because I need this thing to study at home :'( )

    Hello and thank you for sharing with us this method.

    I found a problem in step 19, when I press enter in CentOs Linux 7 (Core), a black screen show up and ask me to enter the login and password. I wrote root in login and the password that I created before in step 17 (just for information, I did not create a user in step 17).

    I log in, they gave me how many users tried to enter this account (because at first I did not realize that the root password was the one I created in step 17 so I tried a lot of password that didn’t work before).

    After that, I click on off button to shut down my computer and tried to re-install CentOs 7. But the problem is, when I create the 3 MOUNT POINT and click on DONE, an error message show up.

    The first sentence is in French because I’m French, but I hope that you get the idea about my problem from the second sentence.

    What I want now is to delete everything that have a link with the CentOs 7 installation to try re-installing it again.

    Thank you very much.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      This is a topic dedicated to linux mint so the comment is posted wrong. Still, if you messed up your installation and you install CentOS single boot you can try to delete all previous partitions by booting a Linuxlive cd with gparted. But you can also delete partitions on the installation process by granting centos installer to automatically create them.

  7. jabo says:

    Wow! Nice write up, Matei! I know this isn’t win 8-10, but since I was clowning around on my HP Envy win 10, thought I’d dust off an old Dell Latitude. Works with one exception.

    In step 2 item 12, for win 7 use “win 7 loader” vice “windows boot loader.” Same drive, diff name. Mines working great, dual boot and dual screens and all! Thanks for the write up, accurate screen shots and the time you spent. Helped me greatly!

  8. don dougall says:

    Solved by following this link

    I don’t understand it but the recipe worked. This probably explains the network issues I had during the installation process too.

    Thanks for your help and patience.

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