Ubuntu & Windows 8

Hi experts,

On my toshiba lap I have Windoes 8 (OEM). I have tried to install Ubuntu so i can use Ubuntu if Windows fails. When I try booting with Ubuntu i got an error:
"File: ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr is missing or corrupted."

 I have tried to install Ubuntu as administrator (thinking that Windows wont allow to write some certain files) w/o any result.

 How i can install Ubuntu without having errors?

Thank you in advance.
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows uses a different security arrangement for disks and for booting.

1. Disable EUFI for Windows 8 boot and see if that works.
2. Do get recovery disks for your Windows 8 machine.
3. Make a bootable USB key for Ubuntu.

I have Windows 8 Pro 64-bit and I use VMware Workstation V10 to host other operating systems.

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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaConnect With a Mentor Senior IT TechnicianCommented:
Did you create a portion for Ubuntu?
I would suggest you install Virtual Box and host Ubuntu as a VIrtual Machine.
raulmondaAuthor Commented:
no, i didnt create any partition. I use it in the past under Windosw 7 and it works w/o problems. Im using now the same version and it doesnt work.
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaConnect With a Mentor Senior IT TechnicianCommented:
We're you doing a dual boot? Basically you need a partition for the other OS. Ubuntu has the option to shrink your current drive if it has free space. During the install you should be presented Witt he option chain the to Windowos boot loader to grub.
nociConnect With a Mentor Software EngineerCommented:
Windows 8 seems to hint at (U)EFI and that does use a different partiotioning schema (GTP) vs. BIOS partitions.

Als it requires an EFI enabled kernel to be placed in the EFI partition, with SecureBoot disabled. [ in general, or jump a few more hoops to install a bootloader stub for linux ].
Also you will need some other partition for the root volume...

wrt. VMWARE solutions, they don't work if the windows part won't boot in the first place. As stated in the question.

Well i had some "fun" lately converting a Win8 system to use Linux lately. It involved booting from an USB stick, shring the windows partition to 0 (aka delete it) and then install all stuff i realy need to do my work.
It's a pity that a windows license is required to obtain a laptop that will never run Windows.
raulmondaAuthor Commented:
Thank you all.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@raulmonda - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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