Three tips on dual booting Windows 8.1 with Linux

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  1. When I try to boot into persistent Linux Mint on Windows 10 machine this message appears: 

    Busybox v1.22.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.22.0-15ubuntu1) built-in shell (ash). Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

    (initramfs) [ 94.251602] USB 1-2: device descriptor read/64, error -71
    [ 94.467609] USB 1-2: device descriptor read/64, error -71
    [ 94.795596] USB 1-2: device descriptor read/64, error -71
    [ 95.011589] use 1-2: device descriptor read/64, error -71
    [ 95.635569] usb 1-2: device not accepting address 9, error -71
    [ 96.155564] usb 1-2: device not accepting address 10, error -71
    [ 96.155622] usb usb1-port2: unable to enumerate USB device

    " My Harddisk & USB Device are all fine"
    it is nicely booting from windows 10

    Please Help me.
    Thank you

  2. My laptop won't take 2 harddrives. 🙁 (No optical drive to hold an extra hard drive.) I have found Windows 10 to be a bit of an A*hole regarding access of my files (Windows has its own partition, Linux has its own partition, and my files are on a separate partition so that Windows can read it when I am in Windows.) Windows thinks that my separate file partition belongs to Windows and locks up those files so I cannot read them from Linux unless I have restarted the computer after booting into Windows (for some reason, shutting off the computer still leaves Windows clinging to my files.) Windows gives me so many complaints when I do boot into it that I just find myself using it less and less, which means playing less games (games that don't run well with Wine.) If I can get a second laptop, something cheap and used, then I'll probably just use that for my Windows game and get rid of Windows from my primary/new laptop.

  3. Just one problem with your recommendations: Your channel is geared toward the novice linux user. The novice likely started with windows in which case your second tip is useless. Windows is already installed to the first partition of the first drive and part of the reason (primary reason?) for dual boot is to not disturb the windows installation.

  4. I just went through this. It's like pulling teeth. The other issue you run into is hybrid EFI systems (like mine coughGigabyteX58cough) absolutely will not allow grub to work or even boot from a drive with Windows on it. Even the boot repair disc didn't work. After that, I gave up. I could've went rEFIt, but that's like having a permanent bandage. It's bad enough with the hybrid EFI setup I have, but Windows fights you all the way. Separate drives are the way to go. If you're on the fence about different distributions, you can add multiple partitions to your Linux drive (ext4/swap respectively) and test them out. I did this for some time before settling on Linux Mint, but I'm currently still testing out Peppermint 6 on my secondary partition set. Side note… even after I resorted to a separate drive, I had to go into recovery mode (Linux Mint) and reinstall grub before it would boot. Yeah, hybrid EFI is a royal pain.

  5. I have some problems in removing ubuntu 15.04 from dual boot with windows 8.1 using easy bcd, I tried to follow the tutorial but after "write mbr" process, there is still ubuntu boot option in "edit boot menu" tab, then I keep going on the process, but after restarting my pc, I still get the grub bootloader on it, although I already delete the partition used for ubuntu 15.04, what should I Do then?

  6. What are the advantages of dual booting vs running Win 8.1 in a virtual machine? I've got a salvaged hard drive from an old laptop, I've ordered a bat adapter to install it on my current Windows machine, but after watching this video, I'm a little concerned about the success of putting it on a secondary drive.

  7. I need some help guys and girls. Here is my story. I have a Gaming PC, it originally ran windows 7. A few months ago, I switched to Manjaro Linux. Although it was a great distro, it wasn't great with steam gaming (games wouldn't launch and driver issues). Someone told me Linux gaming is mainly for Ubuntu. Today, I wiped Manjaro and installed Ubuntu. I honestly hate it.

    Should I stay with Linux or go back to Windows 7?

  8. In my experience Boot Repair is working only with Debian/Ubuntu on GRUB but if you are Arch Linux or other distribution specific you'll have to chroot it and follow the instructions to whatever documentation you are following on to repair it manually if something goes wrong with the boot loader.

  9. It will probably be easier with Windows 10 hopefully, and the power users have begged since XP for a new file system etc. (NTFS is obsolete nowadays), but the easiest way for a new user that's 100% safe is to run Linux in a virtual environment.

    As of now, every one I talk with I say to them they should be using Windows 7 instead if you want to dual boot with Linux.

  10. I just run Windows in a virtual machine if I really need to run an app natively in Windows. Even that is a last resort for me though…I won't ever go back to dual booting hell. XD

  11. Great video as ever i have been multi booting for a while now and to avoid all problems i brought a hard drive switcher i know its extra cost but backup backup i know is the way but idiot at the keyboard forgets and using a switcher prevents you losing a lot of data also keeps the wife happy lol thanks again 

  12. Glad to know these issues exist. I'm still on Windows7 and never upgraded to 8 but I do plan on upgrading to Win10 a couple months after it comes out and I'll definitely want to get dual boot working then.

  13. Man you are long winded.   I have two hard drives in my laptop and many enterprise laptops offer this feature.   You remove the optical drive and use a insert able drive caddy.   I do dual boot with Windows 8.1 and 10.   No problems.   I partitioned my drives with gParted.   NTFS on one and EXT 4 on the second.   Another I did a / and home folder.  

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