Install Fedora 19 to dual boot Windows 8.1 on Vaio Pro

After following the steps in this guide, you will have installed Fedora 19 to dual boot Windows 8.1 on a Vaio Pro Ultrabook. Thanks to Nick Brackley for his initial work in getting Fedora 19 working on the Vaio Pro. Thanks to Pascal C for suggesting the use of bcdedit.

Boot Fedora 19 from live usb

  • Make Vaio recovery disks.

  • Install liveusb-creator.

  • Make Fedora 19 live usb.

  • Create shutdown shortcut tile.

    • Press Windows-d to see the desktop.
    • Right-click on the desktop and choose New > Shortcut.
    • Specify “shutdown /s /t 0” as the command.
    • Right-click on the shortcut and choose Properties.
    • Choose an icon for the shortcut.
    • Pin shortcut to the start screen.
  • Shutdown.

  • Press the ASSIST button to enter BIOS.

  • Disable Secure Boot.

  • Boot Fedora 19 live usb.

Install Fedora 19

  • Press the windows button, type “terminal” and press ENTER

  • Become the superuser.


  • Mount the EFI partition.

    mount /dev/sda1 /home/liveuser/Templates

  • Backup the original EFI configuration.

    cd Templates tar czvf ../EFI-original.tar.gz * umount /home/liveuser/Templates

  • Save the original EFI configuration to a second usb drive.

  • Start the Fedora 19 installation wizard.

  • Choose standard partition (not LVM).

  • Resize the Windows partition.

  • Determine Fedora partition automatically.

  • Delete the automatically created /boot/efi partition.

  • Set /dev/sda1 to mount point /boot/efi.

  • Set /dev/sda1 to EFI System Partition.

  • Do not format /dev/sda1 (although if you do, you can just restore your EFI backup).

  • Install Fedora 19.

  • Do not reboot yet.

Configure EFI

  • Become the superuser.

  • Mount the EFI partition.

    mount /dev/sda1 /home/liveuser/Templates

  • Copy and extract the original EFI configuration.

    cd /home/liveuser/Templates tar xzvf EFI-original.tar.gz

  • Rearrange your EFI folder structure so that it looks like the following.

    /EFI/Boot/bootx64.efi (original) /EFI/Fedora/shim.efi /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi (original)

  • Update grub to add the Windows Boot Manager.

    cd /home/liveuser/Templates/EFI/Fedora grub2-mkconfig -o grub.cfg

  • Reboot (Windows will start).

  • Press Windows-x a to open an administrative terminal.

  • Update Windows Boot Configuration Data.

    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path EFIFedorashim.efi

  • Download necessary RPMs and patches from Nix Adventures. Note that if you have a smartphone with USB tethering, then you will not need Nick’s RPMs.

  • Click the shutdown tile or run the following command.

    shutdown /s /t 0

Boot Fedora 19 from hard drive

  • Reboot (Fedora should start).

  • Tether your smartphone’s internet connection.

  • Update the system and halt.

    sudo yum -y update sudo halt

  • Press the ASSIST button to enter BIOS.

  • Enable Secure Boot.