Ubuntu – Once ubuntu is installed, can I still update other operating systems

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Right now, I am a newbie almost ready to install ubuntu alongside windows 8 on my laptop soon, and have gone through most of the things I need to plan. Lately, I noticed that Microsoft is preparing Windows 8.1 as a free update to windows 8 users. What I would like to know, is when I install ubuntu on my computer, will I still be able to update windows to 8.1 (Same goes for other operating systems if I ever decide to install other distros)? I definitely will want the update to Windows 8.1 instead of Windows 8, so I need to know if I need to wait until 8.1 is released, or if I can go ahead and install ubuntu right now.

The bottom line is: Will I be able to upgrade Windows 8 to 8.1 with ubuntu installed on my system, or do I need to remove it in order to do that?

Best Answer

  • An update should be possible. The only problem I can think of, is that Windows might overwrite your bootloader. In this case, you would have to manually reinstall Grub with a live disk to obtain your dual-bootable system. This process is explained here. Boot-repair is a very-easy-to-use GUI tool to do this.

    As it has not been released yet, no one can guarantee this. It would be best for you to wait a few day after it has been released and read some feedback of fellow Ubuntu users.