My computer currently has Windows 10 installed with secure boot ON and 100GB of unallocated space.The disk formatted as GPT and CSM off in firmware settings.

Now I would like to install elementary OS Freya 0.3.2 using the rEFInd bootloader.Secure boot needs to be enabled and I need to run Windows update (no renaming refind_x64.efi to bootmgrfw.efi) and have secure boot enabled (which I think can be done with shim.efi).And also I need to use hybrid shutdown in Windows 10 (I can use it on a BIOS dual-boot PC).

I have used elementary OS Freya before using GRUB2 and BIOS

The laptop is a HP Pavilion g7 2269wm

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Guide to installing elementary OS on UEFI using rEFInd by Suici Doga

This is my longest post I have made since it is a full guide

These steps have been tested be me on my main laptop and works correctly. My laptop is a HP Pavilion g7 2269wm.

It would be nice if anyone could test if it works on other UEFI PCs (add a comment)


First you will need to disable automatic boot repair in Windows 10 by running bcdedit /set {current} recoveryenabled No in a administrator command prompt in Windows 10.

Create a elementary OS USB drive using Rufus (rufus.akeo.ie) from your ISO file (download 0.3.2 version from elementary.io) and go to the advanced startup options (using SHIFT while clicking reboot).


Every Windows user should know how to restart their computer

Click Use a device and then select your elementary OS USB drive.

Installation of elementary OS

Now select try elementary OS and when it boots open a terminal and type ubiquity -b

This will open the installer without installing GRUB2 (we're using rEFInd). Now install elementary OS like you normally would.

Here is how I partitioned mine (bold partitions are for elementary OS , italics are shared (my NTFS storage)) sda 8:0 0 465.8G 0 disk |-sda1 8:1 0 450M 0 part |-sda2 8:2 0 100M 0 part /boot/efi |-sda3 8:3 0 16M 0 part |-sda4 8:4 0 67.8G 0 part |-sda5 8:5 0 297.9G 0 part /mnt/storage |-sda6 8:6 0 48.8G 0 part / |-sda7 8:7 0 11.7G 0 part [SWAP]

When it asks you to reboot DO NOT REBOOT since we have to install rEFInd. If you reboot now you will go to Windows.

Now we have to install rEFInd so we can boot elementary OS. Run the following in a terminal

First we have to mount our ESP (EFI System Partition) partition. For me it was /dev/sda2 so I ran

mount /dev/sda2  

The following commands will download shimx64.efi (this copy is from my PC , you could use yours if you don't trust me :) and install rEFInd.

cd /boot/efi/EFI
sudo mkdir refind
cd refind
sudo wget http://suicsoft.com/shim.efi-files/shimx64.efi
sudo wget http://suicsoft.com/shim.efi-files/MokManager.efi
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:rodsmith/refind
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install refind

If you do not have the file ext4_x64.efi in /boot/efi/EFI/refind/drivers_x64/ or the folder doesn't exist. This downloads the rEFInd ext4 driver (which is hosted on my site , you could also extract it from the rEFInd archive).

mkdir drivers_x64
cd drivers_x64
sudo wget http://suicsoft.com/shim.efi-files/ext4_x64.efi

This will install rEFInd using shimx64.efi if secure boot is ON so you can boot it.This should also install the rEFInd ext4 driver

Now REBOOT and you should go into Windows 10 (maybe it will boot rEFInd, then select Windows 10).

Open a administrator command prompt and run

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\refind\shimx64.efi

This will set the EFI bootloader to rEFInd. Then reboot from Windows and you should see elementary OS in rEFInd and when it boots you get the text boot instead of the e logo.If you get a screen like the following


May rather look cryptic and low level but you only have to do it once

Then use the instructions at www.rodsbooks.com/refind/secureboot.html

To enable the e logo run the following in a terminal in elementary OS

sudo mkrlconf
sudo -i scratch-text-editor /boot/refind_linux.conf

This will generate kernel config and open the file in Scratch (you could also use another text editor).

It will look something like (mine is different from yours, DO NOT COPY).

"Boot with standard options"  "ro root=UUID=74b57e08-ec17-4371-9d5d-f6270880fb90" 
"Boot to single-user mode"    "ro root=UUID=74b57e08-ec17-4371-9d5d-f6270880fb90 single"
"Boot with minimal options"   "ro root=UUID=74b57e08-ec17-4371-9d5d-f6270880fb90"

Add quiet splash to the end of the first line within the quotes. It should like something like this

"Boot with standard options"  "ro root=UUID=74b57e08-ec17-4371-9d5d-f6270880fb90 quiet splash" 
"Boot to single-user mode"    "ro root=UUID=74b57e08-ec17-4371-9d5d-f6270880fb90 single"
"Boot with minimal options"   "ro root=UUID=74b57e08-ec17-4371-9d5d-f6270880fb90"

Then close the file (Scratch automatically saves) and reboot. You should be able to see the boot logo.

Changing the rEFInd screen resolution

By default rEFInd will use a low screen resolution which could make your screen blurry or small (for me it was 800x600. To change it run sudo -i scratch-text-editor /boot/efi/EFI/refind/refind.conf. Add resolution WIDTH HEIGHT (for my PC it is resolution 1600 900). Now reboot and you should see the new resolution.


You can use any rEFInd theme with this guide but I will be using Next Theme.

Download Next Theme from http://sdbinwiiexe.deviantart.com/art/rEFInd-Next-Theme-407754566 and extract it (as root , all the files) to /boot/efi/EFI/refind/. Then add the line include next-theme/theme.conf to your refind.conf.You can also change wallpaper if you do all little bit of web searching (like I did).

At the end of this tutorial I ended up with

my laptop refind

Screen is not cracked. The wallpaper of rEFInd is :)

Using the following wallpaper I created in GIMP


NOTE : I did not mention secure-boot and hybrid shutdown since they did not cause any problems for me. If you are having trouble mounting partitions try disabling hybrid shutdown. If you cannot boot Freya try disabling secure boot.

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