As the title suggest, I can no longer access the Antergos partition on my SSD. My laptop is an Asus x202e and it came with Windows 8 pre-installed. About 1 year ago I removed Windows in favor of Linux. Last night I decided that I would give Windows 10 a try.
I first created a GPT partition table(Windows 8.1 will not install without it). I went to the installer and did the following:
- Create a boot partition and formatted it to FAT32.
- Created a root partition and formatted it to EXT4.
I gave Antergos the larger partition on the SSD because I want Linux as my primary OS for various reasons. I continued with the installation and when it was finished I could boot into Antergos without issue.
Next, I inserted the Windows USB installation media. I installed Windows 8.1 and then upgraded to Windows 10 immediately. I tried to use EasyBCD to help me boot into Antergos but it doesn’t work. EasyBCD does not support efi boot partitions at the moment.
What I don’t think the problem is:
- Windows 10 - It’s not Windows 10 because I have the same dual boot setup on my other laptop. Antergos is on a larger partition and Windows 10 is on a smaller one. However that Antergos installation was from since 2014,which has an EXT2 or EXT4(can’t remember) boot partition and not a efi FAT32 boot partition. As such EasyBCD easily recognizes it and I can boot into the Antergos grub.
Secure boot - Secure boot and fast boot are both disabled. In fact, that is the only way I can install boot from a liveUSB.
I’ve tried creating a live Antergos USB from an old ISO image that I had but the install refuses to let me go any further with the installation if my boot partition isn’t formatted to FAT32.
I really, really need to get this to work! I am learning programming and using Linux avoid all the yak shaving I would have to do on Windows. I also enjoy using Linux and the freedoms it give me to play around and tweak things, I choose an Arch based distro because of pacman and the AUR and I chose Antergos because it gives me access to Arch without the overhead.
I also don’t want to visualize Window in a VM.
Also, the only boot option available in the BIOS is the Windows Boot Manager created by the Antergos installer.
TL;DR: Enable CSM or Legacy BIOS, disable secure boot, create MSDOS partition tables, boot into none-efi state of the liveUSB for Windows, install Windows, boot into the none-efi state of the Antergos Installer, install Antergos.
Thank in advance for the help! I hope something could be done.