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I am really annoyed by this EFI stuff ... missing plain old school bios and grub2 right now!
I have a new desktop with Windows 8 on it. I want to keep my windows - so have partitioned and installed Arch. Now, my issue is to get the bootmanager to see it to boot.
My pertinent partitions are:
/dev/sda2 EFI partition - this is the one Windows came with/on - I did NOT create it as I want to keep the ability to boot Windows 8
/dev/sda3 Windows 8
/dev/sda4 Windows 8 stuff
/dev/sda6 Arch / - formatted as ext4 and fully installed
I am using EFI USB to boot/install. I can chroot and did a full arch 64 install.
I have tried grub efi version, rEFInd, and EFIstub with no luck. When I remove the USB and boot it goes straight into windows. The more I learn, the more I like the rEFInd setup.
I followed: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/UE … ing_rEFInd with no luck.
Also of note I have tried mounting /dev/sda2 to both /boot and /boot/EFI and neither worked for me.
efibootmgr shows me Windows, my USB, rEFInd, and my harddrive all as possible boot options, but again with a restart it goes straight into Windows 8
I had a similar issue when I installed Linux on my new ASUS laptop.
Of course, my laptop is in my office right now, so I can't check what I did- but essentially what you need to do is change the settings in UEFI BEFORE you install Arch (in your case wipe your Arch partition and reinstall). By doing so, you trick UEFI into thinking "oh okay, Linux is a legit operating system," not that it isn't.
I'll take a look in UEFI when I get to the office tomorrow and post back here.