Notes on dual [triple? ] booting Windows 8.1 Pro Linux Mint Kali on an Alienware 17 laptop.
Update: [7/8/2016] – very useful reference link from PugetSystems. Click here.
Remember to image/backup your Windows original hard drive !!
A17: Mine came with Windows 8.1 on a 500Gb hard disk, with 8Gb RAM. I ran the dell image to USB external disk and created windows recovery/rescuedvd disks first!!
I later upgraded my ram to 24gb 2x4g+2x8gb. I transferred the 500gb contents to a 240Gb ssd, and added a 2nd hard drive: 1Tb.
Setup: 2 hard drives, 1st 240Gb ssd [Corsair Force 3], 2nd 1Tb. Windows installed on the first. 2nd partitioned into 4, one 700gb for windows – ntfs, one 180 ext4 for Linux mint , one 100gb ext4 for kali, one 11-20gb – for linux swap, all last 3 logical partitons for linux.
F2 – to bios, turn off windows faststart, turn off uefi, enable legacy, enable boot legacy option menu. Not necessary, but l switched in bios hard drive mode from raid which l am not using to AHCI
insert Linux CD or usb thumbdrive with live Linux, reboot, F12 , select CD or thumb drive, not the one listed under UEFI
install linuxmint, install grub to /dev/sdb . You would not be able to install grub on /dev/sda
do the same for Kali after rebooting.
Still cant get Kali to successfully boot. Below show all my current settings, when l get the 3rd OS -Kali to boot, l will update this. Issue on Kali booting seems to be nouveau / the intel HD graphics card/optimus.
To get to Linux Mint, l quickly press F12 and select 2nd hard drive from legacy , this gives me the grub boot menu w/o Windows 8. To boot to Windows 8, after F12 on startup, l select Windows under the UEFI list
Screen captures so far: