Published On: Tue, May 15th, 2012

How to Dual Boot Windows 8 and Linux on the Same Computer

Many of us some times need to work with having a system with dual operating system. If you compared the other combination, you will find better combination of working with Microsoft Windows 8 and Linux Mint.Though Linux comes with many other distributions as well but in this tutorial we will discuss Linux Mint Distribution. It would be a better alternative on behalf of dual operating system.

Here you can learn how to dual boot windows 8 and Linux mint on the same PC.

At the first place you need to know about the basic requirements for running windows 8 and Linux mint to be run on same PC.

Before you can start with the initial steps, you need to have following or need to arrange following necessary requirements.

You need to have you computer hard drive with approximately 10GB of free space available.

You need to have Linux Mint operating system DVD.

Most importantly, you need to have approximately 20 minutes of free time to finish off the process.

However, you may find different kinds of techniques on behalf of booting dual operating systems on a single PC. But here you can find the appropriate and correct way to dual boot your PC with windows 8 and Linux mint.

So, here we go with how to Dual Boot Linux Mint with Windows 8 installation!

In order to start with, you are required to boot up Microsoft windows 8 by simply creating an empty partition for the installation of Linux Mint. In this tutorial, you are about to dual booting your system with the installation of Linux Mint and Microsoft Windows 8 already installed on your computer. In order to create an empty partition, you need to press the combination of Windows Key + R, then go to run box and type diskmgmt.msc. After that you need to press the enter key from your keyboard. However, you can also utilize the Disk Management option from Start menu in order to create a brand new partition on your hard disk drive.

Below find screenshot for the same.

You need to right click on your partition that contains Microsoft Windows 8 using the Management MMC console. While using Management MMC console, then you will see list of various options. You need to choose shrink volume from the list of all available options. Same has been shown in below screen image.

Then certainly, a pop-up box will appear asking you about the size by which you want to shrink the partition. For dual booting purpose, you need to allocate at least size of 10GB. You can perform your own calculation if required, before you can allocate the size or figure in the text box. I am showing the same scenario in the below screenshot.

After you have successfully created a partition, you have to now insert the DVD for Linux Mint into your PC DVD ROM. Then, you can boot your PC from DVD drive. It can be done through that by simply pushing of a key at POST screen. Sometimes there are different brands or types of motherboards, but even F12 or F11 can work on behalf of many motherboards. Screenshot showing the same.

Generally, the DVD will boot itself automatically into the live mode. Even in case of not booting into the live mode, you can do it by simply pressing a key you have been prompted, so you can choose Start Linux Mint.

After having the DVD is booted, you need to double click on the shortcut for Installing Linux Mint on your desktop screen in order to initiate installation of Linux Mint. You can find the below screenshot suggesting the same.

You need to keep moving forward by simple clicking until you can reach at the section of installation type. Now, you have to change the radio button with another option. I have shown the same in the below screen image.

Then, you need to click on continue, as a new page will appear with different options in order to select Linux Mint installation. You need to keep scroll down, until or unless you can reach somewhere to a partition known as free space. Below image suggesting the same.

Moving further, you can choose or select the option by simply double clicking on it. This will bring up format menu. You have to accept all the default values except the mount point, for which you need to insert a single SLASH. After that, you need to press OK. See the same in below screen image.

Then, you will see and need to click on the INSTALL NOW button in order to initiate installation process. Please find below screenshot for the same.

The overall installation process in not such difficult, you won’t find it hard. However, during the whole installation process, you will be asked for your various configuration settings while at the backend Operating system keep installing. Same has been shown in below screen image.

Once the whole installation process is completed, you are required to restart your computer. You can now choose the newly installed Operating System right from the startup menu.

This new addition will amend you by default operating system, as Linux Mint will be your new OS. Nevertheless, you have the choice to switch between the operating systems according to your own choice and selection. You can boot your system from Windows 8 just from the menu of Grub boot or you can stick with the Linux Mint, default OS. That’s all! You have successfully learnt how to dual boot windows 8 and Linux Mint on the same PC.

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  1. max says:

    Doesn’t UEFI stop you from installing software that is not signed?

    • Eric says:

      UEFI will prevent you from running unsigned code. This procedure works for those machines without UEFI. For example, my machine works dual boot Windows 8 and Linux, since I have BIOS, not UEFI.

  2. Microsoft requires that users have the ability to disable Secure Boot. (Look in the “Windows hardware certification requirements for client and server systems” Sections 14, 17 and 18) Aside from that most PC today that have UEFI will still give you the option to switch between UEFI and Legacy Bios mode. You have two options, either disable Secure Boot or switch to Legacy Bios mode. It isn’t UEFI itself that prevents you from running unsigned code, it’s the Secure Boot feature which Microsoft requires be enabled when an OEM ships the PC with a new Windows 8 operating system. This is done for security reasons and you do have ways to disable or switch. Look in your legacy bios settings and your UEFI Firmware settings.

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