Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Dual Booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu UEFI using Rufus

What is UEFI?

Short for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, UEFI is a specification that defines a more modernized model for the interface between computer operating systems and platform firmware during the boot, or start-up, process.

The UEFI specification offers advanced features over BIOS such as secure boot, low-level cryptography, network authentication and universal graphics drivers. The Secure Boot functionality in UEFI provides the basis for the Microsoft Secure Boot feature in Windows 8 that enables the OS to detect rootkits and similar malware attacks.

What is Rufus?

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB drives, memory sticks etc.

It can be particularly valuable for situations where:
  • You have to make USB installations media from bootable ISO’s (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.) 
  • You have to deal with a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • You have to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS 
  • You need to run a low-level utility

Users can download Rufus from here.

Installation steps

Step 1: Select the appropriate device

Step 2: Select the partition scheme 

Step 2.1: How to find out the partition scheme in your system

Right click on My ComputerManageDisk Management

Right click on Disk0PropertiesVolumes

Step 3: Select the ISO image 

Step 5: Press start to make your selected device bootable

Step 6: Restart your computer and select the boot-option for your computer

Step 7: Select the USB storage from your boot menu

Step 8: Ubuntu screen will pop up. Select your language and press continue

Step 9: Where do you want to install Ubuntu. Select something else and continue

Step 10: Select the free space that you have created for installing Ubuntu

Step 11: After selecting the free space, click the plus (+) button and select the mount point as / and type of partition as primary from the popped up dialogue box and press ok

Step 12: The free space is now allocated as /dev/sda6, type is ext4 and the mount point is /

Step 13: Now press install now and your installation will begin

Step 14: Provide your username and password and press continue

Step 15: Once your installation is over it will ask you to restart your computer

Step 16: Now Ubuntu is installed in your machine. Congratulation fell free to use it


Please be careful in step 2. Check whether your disk is GPT or MBR and make your device bootable accordingly

Please be careful in step 10. Make sure you select the drive carefully else your windows drive might get overlapped with Linux and you will lose your data too.

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