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I've seen this question: https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/75022/install-fedora-22-x64-in-legacy-mode-without-uefi/ but this doesn't help me.

I can only boot from USB stick when UEFI is enabled in BIOS (otherwise it doesn't appear in the list of bootable devices). I don't want to use UEFI for my permanent installation, but I want to dual-boot (I have MS Windows installed by the shop which sold me this laptop in a non-UEFI mode, and I don't want to destroy this installation).

PS. I can boot from live USB. Is there any way around anaconda and it wanting to unconditionally create EFI boot?


The exact same problem exists in Fedora Workstation 24, 23 and 22. At this time it doesn't make sense to try earlier versions because the updater was completely broken in 21, so even if they could install, updating wouldn't be possible.

  • You might have to add the USB stick to the boot device list in the BIOS when UEFI is disabled. First plug in the USB stick, power on your computer, then enter BIOS and check the boot device list. – Thomas Dec 10 '16 at 14:27
  • @Thomas this might have been lost in the original post: BIOS does not recognize my USB stick, if UEFI is disabled. I.e. I cannot do what you say. – wvxvw Dec 10 '16 at 14:37
  • @Thomas I've got a different USB, which for w/e reason BIOS does recognize. I was able to add it in the bootable devices list by pointing at its bootx64.efi file. I booted with EFI disabled, but anaconda wants me to have EFI partition anyway. Is there anyway to not to use anaconda? Any way to tell it not to try to install with EFI? – wvxvw Dec 10 '16 at 15:06
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    @wxvw: Your answer is self-contradictory. When UEFI is disabled the BIOS boots from the MBR not from any bootx64.efi file. If you want to install in legacy mode then you must boot your computer in legacy mode, from a MBR disk or USB flash drive. – AlexP Dec 10 '16 at 15:09
  • When you are in non-UEFI mode, you have to put the "USB Stick" into the bootable device list. non-UEFI does not have the capability to boot off a file, just the raw device. – Thomas Dec 10 '16 at 15:10

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