Dual Boot Windows 8.1 and Fedora 20

Dual Boot Windows 8.1 and Fedora 20

I have a Toshiba Ultra Book U840W-x0110. It comes with Windows 8 pre-installed. I later got it upgraded to Windows 8.1 for free (It was offered as a software update). The below mentioned steps should work for Windows 8.0 as well.

In this post I will mention certain important steps that are required before dual booting Linux and Windows 8 in general. Once this is done installing Linux distros like Ubuntu or Fedora should be self-explanatory. Although In this post I have explained to steps for Fedora, it will be similar for other Linux distros as well.

Dual booting Linux with Windows has some risk associated. You might end up losing the Windows installation. Hence ensure that you have backed up all the data and have the recovery disk of Windows 8. If you don’t have the recovery disk then create one. (A good guide can be found here).

Prerequisite: This Ultra book does not have an optical drive. Hence I connected an external optical drive (ASUS DVD writer).


So here are the steps I followed to have a dual-boot configuration of Windows 8.1 and Fedora 20.

Steps to create Boot Media for Fedora 20 :

    1. Download the Live Media for Fedora 20 from here.
    2. Insert a blank DVD into the optical drive.
    3. Right click on the downloaded file and select “Burn to Disk” .
    4. The burn process takes about 5 minutes.
    5. The DVD ejects once the burn process is done.


Create an empty partition on the drive for installing Fedora:

    1. Press [Win-Logo]+[R] and type in “diskmgmt.msc” and press [ENTER] to open the Disk-Management in Windows-8.
    2. For my installation¬† I shrank the C drive to half its size. So that I could install the Fedora on a 250 GB (approximate) partition. Select the C drive in the Disk-Management, right-click and select “Shrink volume”.

Steps to change to boot order so that Fedora Live Media in the Optical Drive is booted after restart.

  1. Restart the Ultra Book with the shift key pressed. IMG_1664
  2. In the following screen select the troubleshoot option.IMG_1665
  3. In the following screen select the Advanced option.IMG_1666
  4. In the following screen select the UEFI Firmware settings.IMG_1667
  5. Now the BIOS settings are shown.IMG_1668
  6. Move to the security settings and disable the Secure Boot.IMG_1669
  7. Move to the boot settings and change the boot order so that the optical drive is checked first.IMG_1672
  8. Press F10 to “Save and exit”.IMG_1673
  9. See that the Fedora Live Media DVD is inserted and then restart the Ultra Book.

Booting of the Fedora live media and install on hard disk:

  1. After the restart the first screen should have the option “Start Fedora Live”. Select it.IMG_1674
  2. Now Fedora should boot from the Live Media DVD.
  3. After some considerable time (more than 5 minutes) the following screen will show up.Select “Install to Hard Drive” .IMG_1676
  4. Wait for some time until the language selection menu appears.Press continue.IMG_1678
  5. The next screen gives the installation summary. Select Installation Destination under system. Normally it should show your hard disk under “Local Standard Disk”. If so you’re in luck, you can continue the installation procedure which is very self-explanatory ( Else there is a good guide here (From Step 5). If no Hard Disk is show then the workaround is mentioned in my other post.