6. Create Partitions for Fedora 18: There are two ways to go about creating partitions for Fedora 18. You can let the installer do it automatically or do it yourself, that is, manually. For this installation, I chose to let Anaconda do the dirty job. Note that the default disk partitioning scheme in Fedora 18 is LVM. And the new Anaconda, like the old Anaconda, will create a standard partition for /boot, and LVM partitions for /, /home, and Swap. Click “Click here to create them automatically.”
9. GRUB 2 Boot Menu: After installation has completed successfully, rebooting the computer will bring up GRUB’s boot menu. As I wrote earlier, this is because Anaconda installs GRUB 2 in the MBR, overwriting Windows 8’s boot program. If you are happy with this, the tutorial ends here. Else, the next task is to boot into your new Fedora 18 installation and install GRUB 2 in the first sector of the boot partition, also called the Partition Boot Record (PBR).
10. Install GRUB 2 in the Boot Partition: Once in Fedora, launch a shell terminal and su to root. To install GRUB 2 in the boot partition’s PBR, you need to know its partition number or device name. The output of df -h will reveal that information. On my installation, it is /dev/sda3. Next, type grub2-install /dev/sda3. The system will complain and refuse to do as instructed. Not to worry, you can force it.
11. Install EasyBCD: When the computer reboots, you will still see Fedora’s boot menu, but instead of booting into Fedora 18, boot into Windows 8. The next task is to restore its boot program to the MBR and add an entry for Fedora 18 in its boot manager’s menu. The program I know that makes it easy to do that, is EasyBCD. Download it from here. Note that EasyBCD is free for personal use. After installing it, start it, if it does not start automatically. Shown below is its main window. Click on Add New Entry to begin.
Then click on the Linux/BSD tab. Select GRUB 2 from the Type dropdown menu, and edit the Name field to match. Click on Add Entry.
This is a preview of what the entries will be on the boot menu of Windows 8. The final task is to restore the Windows 8 boot program to the MBR. To do that, click on BCD Deployment.
12. Restore Windows 8/s Boot Program to MBR: Under MBR Configuration Options, make sure that the first option is selected. Then click on Write MBR. Exit EasyBCD and reboot the computer. Test to make sure that you can boot into either OS. Enjoy!
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