How to run Linux Mint and Windows 8 as a dual boot?

Prasanna Madushan April 8, 2013

How can I run Linux Mint on Windows 8? I want to set it up as dual boot, not to run on vmware.

  1. Tsf O
    September 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Ensure you have a backup of your W8 system, just in case.

    Pop the Linux Mint CD / DVD in and reboot - boot from CD

    Follow the on screen instructions and accept the option to "Install alongside existing OS" - this will give you a dual boot option.

    At the last step it will ask about the bootloader and if you want to be able to boot W8 - ensure it is ticked. Linux Mint will probably be the default OS to boot but this can be changed once installed.

    (If you have a second HDD I would pop it in and install Mint to it, this avoids changing the W8 partition)

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  2. Gaurav Joshi
    June 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    make linux mint bootable usb or cd/dvd by burning iso on cd/dvd or using unetbootin.
    Disable secureboot or UEFI boot .Install Linux Mint alongside Windows 8 and then install boot repair to dualboot comfortably

  3. Avinash Mali
    May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Live boot the Linux which you want to install on your laptop, and using gparted, shrink the Windows partition and create a new "ext 3" partion, which you got shrinking the Windows drive, and install the Linux Distribution. Also create a swap partition, if you want.

  4. Joshua
    April 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    If you installed Mint first, things are a little more complicated.
    You would have to get a live CD, boot from that, and then restore the Linux bootloader (the program responsible for either booting Windows or Linux) from that CD.
    Boot the CD, open a Terminal, then enter "grub".
    As I assume you only have one hard drive installed, your next command would be "setup (hd0)". This will install GRUB (the bootloader) to your hard drive and detect installed operating systems. Then type "quit" and reboot your PC. Voilá, you can now dualboot your PC :)


  5. Travelinrob
    April 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    If you are not sure you want to keep Linux on your machine (or even if you are), you may not want to overwrite the Windows MBR (Master Boot Record) or you may want to back up the Windows MBR before replacing it with Linux's boot manager. If you want to leave the Windows MBR, tell Mint to install its boot manager (Grub2) to the same partition as Mint and then use EasyBCD (downloaded to and installed on Windows) to add Mint to the Windows boot loader. The only negative is that when you select Mint from the Windows boot loader, it will then take you to the Mint boot loader, which adds an extra step of having to press the 'Enter' key at the Mint boot loader.

  6. Junil Maharjan
    April 9, 2013 at 4:46 am

    best way would be install linux mint on a different drive. for example: if your windows installation is c drive, then install linux on d or e, whichever you have.

    • Prasanna
      April 9, 2013 at 4:51 am

      good idea mate, :D i really dont have space on c.. thanks

    • Sangimed
      April 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      You can either install Linux mint inside Windows with Wubi technology or (if you want a clean partition for Mint) reinstalling your Windows 8 OS then installing Mint in a specific partition then Windows 8 in another partition.

  7. ha14
    April 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    How to Dual Boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint on the Same PC

    Dualboot Windows 8 with Linux Mint 14 Nadia video guide

    • Prasanna
      April 9, 2013 at 4:51 am

      awesome, thanks

  8. Oklahoma_Mike
    April 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Normally when you install any major flavor of Linux on a machine with windows on it, you have the option of wiping out windows, or installing along side or dual boot. Install Windows 8 first (if it's not already there) and then install Mint.

  9. justinpot
    April 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Do you already have Windows 8 installed? If so then just install Linux Mint, using the dual-boot option. The installer is designed to make the process simple, but make sure you leave both systems with enough hard drive space – Mint can read/write to your NTFS drive, so if one needs to be smaller I'd suggest that one.

    Good luck, and sorry if I've missed something! Be sure to check out the Mint Forums if you get stuck – there's a lot of information there for beginners and people who can help if you get stuck.

    • Zoran Filipovi?
      April 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      For Mint and most user needs 30-40GB disk space is enough, depends how much programs you want to use (fresh install needs 5-10GB). Also, pay attention to make space for swap (in case that you have low RAM) and /home partitions (in case you want split /home from /root partition)

    • Chris Marcoe
      April 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Good info to know. Does this work with Win7 also?

    • Chris Stephens
      April 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Yes, this works also with Windows 7. And Vista. And XP. And 2000. Just make sure you have enough space on your HDD. It's possible to run all those OS' on the same computer, I think. Hmmmmm......Get back to you on that.

    • justinpot
      April 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Yep, Windows 7 should be fine too.

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