I'm new to Linux and I have only used Windows so far (Currently: windows 8). But for a Bachelor Project at my university, I was advised to use Linux in combination with computations in statistical physics. I want to have a dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux.
Before installing, I read a lot of warnings and tips. I followed them (disabling Secure Boot in Windows 8, disabling Fast Boot). Then I made a partition to use for Linux Mint 17.2 Mate, and a swap partition. I installed it, and everything worked fine. But when turning on my computer, the grub screen didn't appear. After a day's work, I had installed Xubuntu instead of Mint and did a few Boot Repairs, and disabled the 'Secure boot' option in the Boot Repair Advanced options. After that, I could use Xubuntu without problems, also after rebooting. But I liked Mint better, so yesterday I tried to install Mint the same way as I did Xubuntu. But at the 'installing the grub2 package', the installation aborted with the error:
the grub-efi-amd64-signed package failed to install into /target/.
My guess is that I have made a mistake in the location of the bootloader, before the installation process. I installed (and later removed) Xubuntu, and with Xubuntu I installed the bootloader in /dev/sda2, where also the Windows boot manager is located. Before that, when installing Xubuntu another time, I installed the bootloader in a separate /boot partition /dev/sda8. Finally, another time I also installed the bootloader in /dev/sda. It was really a trial-and-error fixing the problem that no grub screen appeared at the beginning.
My guess is that now, those bootloaders that I've installed with Xubuntu on sda, sda2 and sda8 cause problems for the grub2 package with Mint to install.
I've already looked at many pages about the same issue, but none worked. I have a Internet connection and the 'extra 64' is present (see Ubuntu 12.04 --- grub-efi-amd64-signed failed to install into /target/).
What can I do? Any tips from experienced users? Or should I try another distro? Thanks in advance! Greetings from Holland.