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Installing Ubuntu In Windows 8

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    Installing Ubuntu In Windows 8

    I have just had limited success installing Ubuntu 12.10 onto an external diskon my new Samsung (series 3) Windows 8 laptop.
    The secure boot and fast start up have been disabled.
    The situation now is that Windows or Ubuntu will not boot up after pressing the power button, when doing this I get a dark screen with the following message:
    error: no such device: 6dada016-95df-4ef5-a343-4a77e8afd396
    grub rescue >_
    I can now only boot up either program by hitting the F10 key directly afterpressing the power button, I then have to select one of the options in the boot options before themachine will boot (both systems boot up as normal when following this option).
    Ideally, if the external drive is not plugged into the USB port I want mylaptop to boot directly into Windows 8. Can this be achieved?. I would like to start Ubuntu through the settings, change PC settings option.

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    If you're getting that error message with no external drive connected, then you accidentally installed GRUB to your internal hard drive -- which could have been avoided if you had simply disconnected the internal drive when installing Ubuntu to the external drive.

    What you will need to do is remove GRUB from your internal drive but since your Win8 PC uses UEFI, and I have no experience with that, I can't help you fix it. Sorry.
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  3. #3

    Manchester, UK
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    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10

    You could install grub to your external drive and when that's connected you will be able to choose which system to boot from. You'll need to run "sudo update-grub" from within that installation, once booted.

    I would have thought that the Windows repair disc would be able to repair booting for the internal drive, though I haven't tried it in Windows 8.
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