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Not sure it this is in the right place, but wanted to share my experience with getting a triple boot system working.

I spent about 2 weeks of installing and reinstalling until I worked out exactly how the system would all go together. I wanted Mavericks, Windows8.1 and Linux all working together.


Once I finally managed to get them all working together (Hybrid GPT / MBR is a killer), I was then faced with a new problem.

I was unable to boot into Windows 8.1 advanced startup. I tried all the usual, F8, through Windows, using shortcuts but nothing worked.

I needed this as I need to install non-signed drivers (i.e. live suite, google usb drivers etc etc), so I ended up getting Windows to fix my MBR and this stopped me booting into anything but windows.


I started thinking and thought all I need is the Windows Boot Manager menu. So I restored the Hybrid GPT / MBR and tried my idea.

I entered "bcdedit /store c:\Boot\BCD /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes" via cmd Prompt and rebooted. When I now select Windows, it brings up Boot Menu (F8 Menu). This solved my last remaining issue with a Triple Boot system.


I am now able to boot without driver enforcement when ever I need now, :).

Just wish I could get my onboard audio to work with the drivers, Im just using VoodooHDA at the moment.



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Have you considered seperate drives for each OS? I found that it really can simplify things.

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