The Topic header pretty sums up my question, just finished for the most part of restoring a PC & am running Windows 10 Pro Insider Previews on, all in UEFI & GPT partitioning scheme.
Here's the partition table, root, Swap & /home has already been formatted as such last week, as I wanted all to be aligned from the beginning. As always, I install root & Swap on SSD, /home on HDD, this allows for retention of data should I need to reinstall, or in the unlikely case the SSD goes out.
And a pic of the current system that adds to what's not shown in Speccy, will add a physical pic of the PC in due time, it's an impressive Dimension 2400, if I were employed there, would be due a promo for my hard work & not done yet.
Now, am I supposed to place the bootloader in the active partition (I presume the first), it's only 100 MiB because Windows 7 Pro was installed in UEFI mode, upgraded to W10, and resigned for the first time in nearly two years back into the Windows Insider Program. I'd like to clean install so that the partition structure will reflect a proper W10 one, however these are shipped as updates, not ISO's, therefore there's not one. Except for an older one from a couple of months back.
If anyone feels like I need to take care of that first (having all proper partitions in place, will be happy to, just say so, I can clean install the latest Preview ISO that I have & then update to the latest, being that I'm in the Fast ring.
Otherwise, want to install Linux Mint 18.2 MATE, am not sure if still Preview or not, haven't been offered the upgrade yet. At any rate, no worries, it'll update to the stable version w/out the need for reinstall.
So the question is, do I place the bootloader on the active partition or the drive itself? There's conflicting advise on this, and in the UEFI one can swap which OS to boot from, be it 'Windows Boot Manager' or 'Ubuntu', the default for any OS based upon it. That leads me to believe, although am not 100% certain, that one wouldn't want to overwrite the entire drive, and why I need advise from one who knows on how to proceed. If it were MBR, I wouldn't be asking the question, the bootloader (normally) goes on the device, not a partition.
Any and all input will be greatly appreciated.