I just got my used windows 8 computer which I was going to dual boot with Mint, Zorin, AVlinux, and Pinguy. I'm having a lot of problems getting the os to work. Unfortunately it is UEFI bios, I think. I had a thread in windows 8 http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/540804/wont-let-me-boot-from-dvd/ . If I totally erase the disk and install Mint, Will I be able to boot as the computer tells me it only has the windows bootloader. However at one time I got into the bios and put both boot from dvd and usb ahead of windows. I can't get gparted to boot, and it will on other computers. I've used it a few times on the one I'm normally on. I didn't get a recovery disk with the computer, told it was preinstalled. So if I write over windows, it's final. Laptop was brand new and had it's first programs installed on Dec 27 2013, so the computer is only about a year and a half old. 500gb, 2.2 gh pentium processor, and 4 gb ram. Seems awful slow compard to my old machine I have Zorin and robolinux on now. I'm hoping to set this laptop up per http://conservativeread.com/how-to-replace-windows-xp-with-linux-for-free/ in the cheesemaker thread, then my desktop. I can move all my files from the desktop to the laptop, then after I configure the desktop copy them move them back, and have them on both. Question remains, With UEFI on the computer, is mint compatible, and will it boot so I can use gparted and do all the partitions and install the others? And I guess how hard will it be to get a home partition to work with mint that way? Thanks for any help.