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I just bought a Lenovo G5070 this week and I would like to dual boot Peppermint and Windows 8.

This is made more difficult, as Windows 8 has a recovery partition instead of a disk. So making a mistake can be very difficult to fix.

So, anyone here done it before or know where to start?
« Last Edit: March 01, 2015, 04:33:54 pm by 10i »
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8 laptop?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2015, 06:33:43 am »
I did a duel-boot install on my old Windows 7 laptop which also had a recovery partition. Wasn't a problem.

Also, in worst case scenario and you were to delete/lose the recovery partition, you are able to download a Win 8 file from MIcrosoft and use your serial details on the sticker on underside of laptop to re-install. I did that when the old hard drive failed on my Windows 7 laptop. You then download drivers by searching for your model on the manufacturer's website. Not saying ideal, just not end of world if that happens.

I'll let others advise on duel-boot install as I haven't done for a while and am a learner not a pro here.  ;)

I currently have duel-boot on my desktop and find myself in Peppertmint 95% of the time  :P

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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8 laptop?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2015, 08:08:32 am »
2 problems there, Windows 8 does not have a sticker on it. The code is in the BIOS.

Second, with secure boot it is not as easy to boot an alternative OS.

I am using Corel Draw again, so I need Windows. Although my printer is compatible with Peppermint and not Windows 8.

I am at work, so I don't have a lot of time -  that is why my answer is brief.
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8 laptop?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2015, 09:09:11 am »
I heard that I can download a recovery image from Lenovo, so at least that is not a problem
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8 laptop?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2015, 09:47:48 am »
First thing you need to do is extract your key from the BIOS and create a Windows 8/8.1 installation media.

What came pre-installed Win 8 or Win 8.1 ?
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8 laptop?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2015, 12:58:16 pm »
Hi Mark, I have 8.1 preinstalled.

With baked in Superfish and at least 8 different adware / spyware programs. It even had a browser toolbar preinstalled. I wish I could complain to someone in Lenovo about their need to bundle absolute junk with their laptops.

This seems like a good place to start:
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-recover-windows-88-1-product-key-from-bios/
http://www.intowindows.com/download-windows-8-1-iso-from-microsoft/
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8.1 laptop?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2015, 03:45:26 pm »
Use your first link to get your MSDM product key.

If you're unable to get it let me know and we'll see if we can use a Peppermint LiveCD/LiveUSB to get it.

Your second link probably won't work with your OEM key, instead you'll have to go here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media
and click the blue "create media" button .. download the exe and run it .. and create a Windows 8.1 installation media (not 8.1 pro unless you're sure you have Win 8.1 Professional)

See here:
http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/38486-need-help-formatted-genuine-windows-8-lenovo.html#post330277
for instructions on creating the media from  the link above.

That media will install Win8.1 as a clean install (no bloatware/spyware)
it *should* pick up your MSDM product key from the BIOS during installation and activate Windows automagically.



OK, once you have that Win8.1 installation media created, the next step would be to see if it's possible to boot a Peppermint LiveCD/LiveUSB ?
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8.1 laptop?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2015, 04:28:47 pm »
Hi Mark, thanks that sounds like a plan. Will see how far I can get on my next off day.

It might take some time for me to get to the next step.
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8.1 laptop? (solved)
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2015, 05:20:58 pm »
Here's what I think you'll probabbly need to do

a) disable secure boot

b) set the UEFI BIOS to Legacy BIOS mode

and probably

c) format the HDD using an MSDOS style partition table, then reinstall Windows from the media you created (this would probably be a good idea anyway on a Lenovo with Superfish)

Then

d) Install Peppermint as a dual boot setup.
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8.1 laptop? (solved)
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2015, 12:45:28 pm »
Update:

I have downloaded the 64bit Peppermint 5 image, and created a live USD using Unetbootin.

Then I followed the instructions at:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-za/windows-8/windows-startup-settings-safe-mode
And then booted into the live USB that I created. It works, but I have not installed yet.

I am busy making recovery media for Windows 8.1 from: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ZA/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

I still need to backup my Windows 8.1 key.

On the Geeksters podcast I was listening to today, one of the hosts said he bought a Lenovo laptop with Superfish and replaced the HDD with an SSD. Then he installed Linux. I would prefer to dual boot as there are a few Windows programs that I need.

When I have more time I can try to go further.
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8.1 laptop? (solved)
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2015, 09:45:20 pm »
You can use the Peppermint LiveUSB to extract the Win8.1 license/product key from the BIOS MSDM table

Open a terminal and run:
Code: [Select]
ls /sys/firmware/acpi/tables 
that will show if you have an MSDM table (which is what contains the key)

as long as MSDM was in the list from the previous command you can now do a hex dump of the MSDM table by running:
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sudo hd /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/MSDM
the Win8.1 license/product key should be displayed in the right hand column somewhere.
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Re: Anyone installed Peppermint on a Windows 8.1 laptop? (solved)
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2015, 11:38:06 pm »
Thanks Mark, downloaded and burned the ISO to disk. Took ages on my slow connection.

Feels like I am finally making progress.
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