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Is Windows 8 compatible to dual boot?

  1. #1


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Is Windows 8 compatible to dual boot?


    Hello,

    I am just about to buy a new PC with the Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H, does this motherboard have UEFI? or can legacy mode be turned on? Also can I dual boot Windows 8 with Linux? (if their is an option to turn UEFI off in Windows 8? Otherwise my other option is to get Windows 7 and dual boot). Can someone help me or point me in the right direction please?

    Also does anyone have any recommendations on my hardware? (I will be doing streaming, minor video editing, mostly gaming).

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    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    30 views and no replies? Surely someone has experience with this Motherboard and Dual Booting Windows :/
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    The board is UEFI and can be dual booted with certain releases of Linux, Ubuntu 13.04 or later for instance. The can both be booted using the Windows 8 Secure Boot configuration.

    How you install Windows 8 depends on how you boot the install media, UEFI or Legacy. It will run as Legacy, but will not allow Secure Boot.
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  4. #4


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    The board is UEFI and can be dual booted with certain releases of Linux, Ubuntu 13.04 or later for instance. The can both be booted using the Windows 8 Secure Boot configuration.

    How you install Windows 8 depends on how you boot the install media, UEFI or Legacy. It will run as Legacy, but will not allow Secure Boot.
    Thanks for the reply, if I get this Motherboard can I turn on legacy mode on and disable UEFI Bios and turn off Windows 8 UEFI through advanced settings? Then could I be able to dual boot Arch Linux, Debian, etc. or only certain distros such as later versions of Ubuntu?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    You can run everything in Legacy mode. The only complications might show up if you want to boot a combination of UEFI and Legacy installs.

    I think they still do sell non-UEFI boards...but I haven't looked in the last 4 years.
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  6. #6


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    You can run everything in Legacy mode. The only complications might show up if you want to boot a combination of UEFI and Legacy installs.

    I think they still do sell non-UEFI boards...but I haven't looked in the last 4 years.
    Legacy is the same as non UEFI isn't it? Hopefully legacy mode is non UEFI so I can dual boot Windows and Linux, I am pretty sure that UEFI can be turned off in Windows 8.
    Last edited by Versal T; 15 Feb 2014 at 06:11.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    good specs and at 2300.00 it should be able to walk on water ,lol
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  8. #8


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    You are building a rather beastly computer, will definitely be able to game, stream and minor video work...

    Even if you do not end up wanting to dual boot you will have plenty of resource to run a linux VM on Hyper-V

    When those parts arrive enjoy your premature Christmas!

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    If you want my advice, don't double boot but run Linux in Virtual. I run a few distros like that and it is a LOT easier. I made a little package that should give you an idea what I am talking about.

    Multiple Operating Systems
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  10. #10


    Australia, NSW
    Posts : 22
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you want my advice, don't double boot but run Linux in Virtual. I run a few distros like that and it is a LOT easier. I made a little package that should give you an idea what I am talking about.

    Multiple Operating Systems
    You are building a rather beastly computer, will definitely be able to game, stream and minor video work...

    Even if you do not end up wanting to dual boot you will have plenty of resource to run a linux VM on Hyper-V

    When those parts arrive enjoy your premature Christmas!

    Cheers,
    Harry
    Thanks for the response guys, I will definitely try out Virtual Box, but before I do I just want to run Windows 8/7 and then see if I can get dual boot to work without any issues, if I cannot manage to do that I will clean install Windows and run Virtual Box.

    Thanks guys, I hope you all have a great day
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