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[Discuss] Disabling UEFI and dual booting Linux and Windows

On 11/04/2012 06:28 PM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:34:40 -0500
> John Abreau <abreauj at> wrote:
>> Saying "Let's test it" is the exact opposite of taking it at face
>> value.
> Agreed, but that was not what was being said. That's in large part due
> to a lack of hardware available to do that testing. So far I'm the only
> one on this list who's admitted to having this capacity. I haven't
> done any testing yet for several reasons:
> I don't like Windows 8's UI. I really don't like it and I don't want to
> touch it (ha-ha only serious).
> I only just late this week got my hands on Windows 8 Enterprise to
> actually try out for reals.
> I only just this weekend freed up a spare drive that I can use for
> testing.
> Dealing with Intel RST can be a pain in the ass. The partition table
> gets cached in the SSD which Linux doesn't see as a cache.
The latest information I have from a software professional who is on
this list and who does work with UEFI is that non-server Windows 8
systems will not boot into Windows 8 if UEFI is disabled. Server or
Enterprise Windows 8 will continue to boot. But, as mentioned earlier, I
doubt we will see any at our December 8 Installfest, and we should have
UEFI compatible distros shortly afterward.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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