Ubuntu: Have to Boot Ubuntu 14 from within Windows 8.1



Question:

I am a newbie to Ubuntu and not very knowledgeable about computers. I have played around with Ubuntu on my HP Pavilion laptop a little bit with a bootable flash drive, and finally decided to take the jump and install so as to be able to Dual Boot.

I started up the flash drive, entered "try Ubuntu" mode and clicked on the desktop icon that says "Install Ubuntu". I ran through the installation process it brought up without complications. I did not create a seperate partition for the Ubuntu installer to overwrite, as I have since seen recommended. Upon restarting the laptop without the bootable drive it booted directly into Windows. I can still run Ubuntu, but I have to boot up through PC Settings> Recovery and Update> Recovery> Advanced Startup, at which point it lets me choose from three SSD options or a bootable disk.

I made sure that the Secure Boot option was turned off, and am not sure where to go from here. If this involves uninstalling & reinstalling Ubuntu, I would appreciate a link to a walkthrough.

Thanks for your time!


Solution:1

You need to install GRUB on the Windows drive:

sudo grub-install /dev/sda; sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg  

If that doesn't work, try the UEFI version of GRUB.


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