I did some reading about dual booting of Win8 / Linux (opensuse). But I have to admit, the articles are difficult for me to understand and are also extremely long…
I just happened to understand Grub/grub2 a little about 2 months ago. Now the UEFI thing starts a new era…
I have a thinkpad laptop (E420), which has Win7 installed. I’m going to upgrade the system to Win8. I don’t know if the upgrade will change the boot mode to UEFI? I did a BIOS update from the manufacture two weeks ago. The updated BIOS claimed to be now Win8 UEFI compatible, which I have no idea what it means by saying “Win8 UEFI compatible”.
I’m also going to install opensuse 12.3 to dual boot with Win8. Will I have to deal with the UEFI thing or I can avoid it in some way?
I would appear that your system is able to use uefi but is running in what is called legacy bios. This is fine and your win 8 install will work fine. If you switched from legacy bios to uefi you would have to wipe your hard drive but the advantages of using uefi instead of bios is too small (if at all) imho to bothe with.
On Fri, 03 May 2013 20:36:02 +0000, nrickert wrote:
> bonedriven;2553608 Wrote:
>> Will I have to deal with the UEFI thing or I can avoid it in some way?
> I agree with dth2. You are unlikely to have to deal with UEFI. Just
> continue with the legacy BIOS mode that you are now using.
Yep. In fact, I’ve been looking into this for a project I’m working on
(trying to get Win8 and UEFI/Secure Boot working in a virtual machine -
so I can describe this), and I can’t find many instructions on how to
enable secure boot on a user-installed Win8 installation.
(That and the only virtualized EFI bioses that seem to support secure
boot don’t want to boot my Windows 8 eval ISO completely)