Start out by cleaning the disk to use for installation
then using diskpart:
create partition efi size=489
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
create partition efi size=260
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"...
I found a work around that is not too difficult. Do a clean install of Win 8.1 (I used the free Enterprise Evaluation 90 day trial for these tests) and as soon as you get to the tiles or desktop hold the shift key down and shut down. Next, boot the system to either Ubuntu or Mint (on a flash...