So, I tried to install Linux on my HP ENVY Windows 8 AMD 6-core 1.5 TB w/ 10 GB DDR3 and busted something as I was picking the partitions. My stubborness has got me refusing to use my factory reset disks ... I am mad at Windows for their UEFI anti-Linux setup and most of my Windows files are most likely intact but currently unavailable to me. (I am dissatisfied with HP as well.) I am on here using TAILS
on the pc in question!
1) What is a good way to get to those windows files and save them on removeable media?
2) What is the "best" way to zap the UEFI without using a distro that has bowed to Windows to unlock the UEFI? A productive discussion on how to do this would be wonderful ... any ideas?
3) Is there an "elegant' way to do this whole thing and get a nice distro running? (this may be a rhetorical question, I don't know)
4) A Mint thread suggested converting the HDD from GPT to MBR. What is the consesus about doing this? If this method is suggested then what is the "best" way to do this?