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

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135 Responses

  1. Juli says:

    I install Linux mint along with Windows 10 on my Acer aspire e5. After step 17 my laptop doesn’t want to boot to Linux or show the grub options. Any solution?

  2. frank says:

    there is no option to select ‘windows boot manager’ ??

    • german says:

      I ran into this problem when trying to follow this for Windows 10/Linux Mint 19 dual boot install. I selected /dev/sda (the hard drive, rather than any partition) and it is working (entering GRUB on startup with options which OS to boot).

  3. Mohammed says:

    Hey so I boot into Linux Mint KDE. When I start install it says I only have 7.8 GB available space on my USB. Do I have to get a bigger USB? I don’t even want to install it on my USB but thats the only disk it can find.

    I already have some unallocated space saved for Linux Mint (around 100gb) on my SSD. I was wondering what the issue would be.

  4. gaetan lamarre says:

    This is the first article that I have read in Months which for the first time gave me the right instructions to install Linux Mint along side windows 10.

    I have seen at least 50 videos on Youtube, and all of them failed to work. I also looked on the Ubuntu page and didn’t find an article which succeeded. And even Linux Mint made me waste hours without any positive results….

    Therefore I must write this to tell you that this article solved my problems in five minutes…

  5. Aditi Acharya says:

    Hi, I didn’t select Windows boot manager while installing. How do I change it?

  6. Andi says:

    Nice tutorial but don’t work for me based on the raid controller..

    I can install everything if I switch from RAID to AHCI in bios settings, but after this windows will not boot anymore only Linux.

    Switching back from AHCI to RAID Windows will boot fine but Linux doesn’t..

    Do you have a solution for this problem?

  7. MIke S says:

    After I complete the step to create the 1024MB swap file the remaining 494982MB is marked unusable and the disk manager won’t let me create any other partitions. Recommendations?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      The disk space was marked as unusable during the Linux Mint installation because, we can only have 4 primary partitions in the hard drive and I think you have created 5th partition for Linux Mint installation.

      The only solution is to limit the number of primary partitions to 4 on the hard drive. For this you have to delete a one parition (example D or E drive on Windows) from the Windows Disk Management Utility, but do remember to take a backup of your important files before deleting the partition.

      Once you deleted the (example D or E drive on Windows), then allocate space for Linux Mint installation.

      • MIke S says:

        Thanks, I was just booting into the new install to make sure it works, sorry I didn’t post this sooner, making swap and root logical and home primary worked.

        Best Regards,

        • Ravi Saive says:


          Thanks for updating us, an I hope you will enjoy new Linux Mint, as me myself using Linux Mint since last 3 years and I must say one of the best stable OS so far.. and far better than Ubuntu.

    • MIke S says:

      I did some reading and found that with legacy (non UEFI) bios you can only have 4 primary partitions, Windows 10 was using 3 o them, so I created the swap and home directories as logical and made home primary. Works great.

      Thank you very much for a very thorough guide.

  8. Jason says:

    After a month of usage, can i delete the Windows 10 partition if i like Linux Mint and allocate the free space in Linux Mint again?

  9. Sean says:

    Doesn’t work. My windows 10 machine refuses to boot into Linux no matter what I do.

  10. Cuneyt says:

    After stage 6 it showed just black screen

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