How can I install Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows 8?

Manuth Chek April 26, 2013

My laptop (with Intel HD 3000 and is UEFI-compliant) already runs Windows 8 Pro. I wanna burn Ubuntu 13.04 onto flash drive, and I already have the ISO file for 64-bit.

However, I got a black screen (and not purple) when I tried to boot from flash drive. Just to be sure, I’ve already enabled booting from USB. Can you help me?

  1. Abhishek G
    August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Hey I found a comprehensive guide for this installation and it worked well for me.

    Hope it helps.

  2. Gaurav Joshi
    June 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    you have to disable Secure Boot or UEFI boot by going into bios . Then you will able to boot into Ubuntu. You may have issues with windows 8 Dual after installation of ubuntu is done.install Boot repair in ubuntu by following this commands
    -sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
    -sudo apt-get update
    -sudo apt-get install boot-repair

  3. Toby Martineau
    June 6, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Download UNetbootin, then follow the prompts to install your Ubuntu .iso onto a USB flash drive. Then, stick it into your computer, hold down the Shift key, and restart your computer. On the blue screen that comes up, click "Use a Device." Click on the USB option. From there, follow the prompts.
    *Important! Use the 64-bit version of Ubuntu!*

  4. Fuad Rony
    June 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I think I should give a try

  5. Mitesh Budhabhatti
    May 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Have you tried to boot some another computer with your flash drive ? Maybe flashing is the problem. I too had the same problem. In my case culprit was flash drive. I used another flash drive and burned it again and it worked.

  6. ScriptJunkie
    May 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I have similar hardware and the same happened to me.

    To fix it, press 'e' when the initial grub2 screen appears after booting from the usb or cd.

    Then look for 'quiet splash' in the linux line of the command, and replace it by 'nomodeset'.

    Finally, press F10 to boot, and you should see it booting in text mode (no fancy ubuntu splash screen). Everything should be normal from there, and you can try ubuntu or install it.

  7. Ala Hu
    May 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Try downloading ubuntu 12.04 and install it using wubi windows installer, then upgrade to 13.04 this way you don't have to boot from a disk. you can install it like a windows program.

    to do this you can burn ubuntu 12.04 to a dvd, put it into your windows computer and when the 'autostart' menu comes up then click on run wubi. then reboot your computer and in the win8 os selection screen click on ubuntu, when it's booted up you open the update manager, and click on upgrade.

    (scource: experience)

  8. Gaurav Joshi
    May 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

    try rufus it is best usb boot utility

  9. Md Mukhtar Mohsin
    May 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    It will be better to use a stable version of ubuntu 12.04 alongside windows 8..
    I have done it on my personal desktop and it's easy, here's a link to install ubuntu 12.04 along windows 8.-

  10. Sam
    April 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I had the same problem with Ubuntu 13.04 and Lili (Linux Live USB). You'll need to use a different program to create a live usb.

    Universal usb installer has been suggested:

    • Pooky Joralyn
      April 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Guess something's wrong with UEFI. Simply burned that same ISO file to a blank DVD and worked like a charm. I even tried Fedora 18's ISO file and get the same result.

  11. Chinmay Sarupria
    April 28, 2013 at 11:49 am
  12. yudics
    April 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

    maybe your ubuntu installer is not stable version, you can try another version of ubuntu

    • Pooky Joralyn
      April 29, 2013 at 7:26 am

      maybe the flash drive or UEFI is the real culprit. Tried Fedora 18 with the same result.

    • Fuad Rony
      June 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm


  13. Junil Maharjan
    April 28, 2013 at 4:56 am

    create a usb installer using linuxlive usb creator or universal usb creator. Boot from the usb and install ubuntu in any of your empty drive.

    • Pooky Joralyn
      April 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Tried universal usb creator, didn't work.

    • Junil Maharjan
      April 28, 2013 at 7:32 am

      get the latest version of universal usb installer here this supports ubuntu 13.04

    • Pooky Joralyn
      April 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I tried that version.

    • Marcelo Velazquez
      April 29, 2013 at 1:28 am

      You can try using the Unlisted ISO on universal usb installer. It worked for me to dual boot Windows 8 Pro / Ubuntu 12.10

  14. Scott M
    April 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I hadn't any problem installing Ubuntu along side Windows XP.I just installed the disk and when I boot up and use F8 I'm given the option of which one to use.Maybe Windows 8 has something built in to stop the option.I'd try installing the Ubuntu and press F8 on boot and see if that gives you the choice.

    • Pooky Joralyn
      April 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

      I mean I get a black screen right after selecting flash drive from boot list.

  15. Rajaa Chowdhury
    April 27, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Create a partition and then use the Ubuntu installer to install ubuntu in the new partition. Check this :

    • Manuth Chek
      April 27, 2013 at 1:48 am

      I mean I can't even boot from flash drive!

  16. Bruce Epper
    April 27, 2013 at 12:48 am

    You need to disable the UEFI Secure Boot (Microsoft's "it's our computer, not yours" stranglehold) option.

    • Manuth Chek
      April 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

      I already disabled it before I installed Win8. Is there any problem with pendrivelinux (which I used to burn the ISO to flash drive)?

    • Manuth Chek
      April 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Or maybe it's the problem with file system on my flash drive (I formatted it to NTFS a long time ago and didn't check it)?

  17. ha14
    April 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm
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