Possible requirements: - Secure boot disabled (it's not useful anyway, and if Windows 8 works, it works, I am happy, I ain't dying over a slow boot time) If you read this you might want to dual boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint. I first installed Windows: Partition #1: BOOT 350MB (automatically generated when creating windows 8 partition) Partition #2: Windows 8 600GB REST FREE SPACE Next I installed Linux Mint using gparted to make partitions Partition #1: BOOT (Windows 8 Loader) Partition #2: Windows 8 Partition #3: 500MB /boot ext4 (MUST BE A PRIMARY PARTITION!!!) Partition #4: 300GB Extended partition --Partition #5: 2GB SWAP --Partiton #6: 298GB / ext4 Now install using these settings. Now load up Windows 8 again, install EasyBCD and add Grub 2 using automatically detect. (ADD ENTRY) Now hit save settings. Also remove all unnecessary drives when using EasyBCD, you don't want it to write to the wrong drive. And Rewrite Windows Vista/7 loader to the MBR Now reboot. Now you should have Windows 8 and Linux Mint installed next to eachother. When reinstalling Windows 8, do not remove the 350MB partition. I suggest you keep it. I hope my guide helped a little.