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Windows won't detect my bootable Ubuntu usb stick

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7

    Windows won't detect my bootable Ubuntu usb stick


    So I'm trying to run dual OS on my new windows 8 machine. I made a bootable Ubuntu 14.04 usb stick using Rufus, disabled secure boot and proceeded in attempting to install the system. However, (settings->general->advanced startup->use a device) won't detect my bootable USB. It won't boot from it at startup either, no matter how much I fiddle with the UEFI settings.

    Well, I guess that is not entirely true, as I managed to get it to boot and install ubuntu after switching the UEFI boot settings to legacy boot. But windows 8 does not work under that option, so I'm having to go and change the UEFI boot setting every time I wish to use a different OS.

    Any advice on where the problem could be with the detection and booting would be very welcome.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I believe anything that does MBR boot you will be in the same boat. To avoid the settings hassle you need to find a Linux that does UEFI boot. I think some of the latest Grub releases do. But I'd ask on Linux forums as well as here.

    Edit: Here's one hit for starters: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...y_boot_loaders
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Ubuntu 13.07 was UEFI and Windows 8 secure boot capable. I would think later kernels would also be capable.

    Now that you have installed in Legacy mode, you will probably have a small partition Linux may use for a MBR. If you do figure out how to boot in UEFI mode and install, you may want to remove it before you reinstall.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    Thank you for the responses. I will look further into it and see if i can find something that works for me. Meanwhile, could you please recommend a safe way how to remove the ubuntu + grub installed through the legacy boot? It seems it is installed on the same partition as Windows 8 is and is taking up space there. I want to be extra careful removing it as I do not want to damage the w8 installation.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    So, I have managed to boot from USB at last. Thanks to your advice i managed to boot using a GPT. I will start a new thread regarding the deletion of the old system.
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