I've been trying for a few hours now and I still cannot find out why I cannot install Elementary OS. Every time I try to install it I get:

the 'grub-efi' package failed to install into /target/

I am trying to dual boot Elementary with Windows 8.1, I have wiped my SSD and set it as MSDOS to see if it worked, it did not.

I have now used boot-repair in order to see what is wrong, it says:

The boot of your PC is in EFI mode, but no EFI partition was detected. You may want to retry after creating a EFI partition (FAT32, 100MB-250MB, start of the disk, boot flag).

And after a few seconds I get:

grub-pc purge cancelled. Please report this message to [email protected].

Bootinfo summary: http://paste.ubuntu.com/9488247/

What can I do to make this install work?

1 Answer 1


Since Elementary OS Luna is based on Ubuntu 12.04 I found that it's quite common problem to install 12.04 with EFI https://askubuntu.com/questions/260297/12-04-2-failed-to-install-grub-efi-to-target .

Anyway, check that you followed steps from here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

  • Yup i followed that, still nothing ;( Dec 12, 2014 at 15:03
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    May be you should try beta of Elementary OS or look at ubuntu 14.04.
    – kirill-a
    Dec 12, 2014 at 15:13

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