The rEFInd boot manager

To quote Rod, the programmer's page:
rEFInd is a boot manager, meaning that it presents a menu of options to the user when the computer first starts up, as shown below. rEFInd is not a boot loader, which is a program that loads an OS kernel and hands off control to it. (Since version 3.3.0, the Linux kernel has included a built-in boot loader, though, so this distinction is rather artificial these days, at least for Linux.) Many popular boot managers, such as the Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB), are also boot loaders...

I finally took the plunge and installed rEFInd today on my Toshiba laptop with a dual-boot Win 8.1 and Linux Mint 18.
I did so because I was tired of having to toil through the Windows Boot screens or even see it. This is also in preparation since I intend to remove Windows completely from this laptop soon.

prerequites - in case you try this; Backed up all my files to USB.
Turn off Secure Boot in the bios / cmos setup anyway it makes life easier.
Next made sure I had sbsigntool installed. I got it via the Software Manager, search EFI and look for sbsigntool. then install. It got sbsigntool amd64 0.6-0ubuntu10.1 It may need this, but I'm taking no chances. read Rod's page: Installing rEFInd

I used the method for getting via an Ubuntu PPA described on the page: Getting rEFInd

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:rodsmith/refind
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install refind

I am glad rEFInd works great for me. Rebooting, several tests and it still works like a charm. Now I just get the rEFInd Boot manager screen similar to the image on this page. It boots fast and no more having to mouse through 4 screens just to select EFI boot Ubuntu.

Next I could remove Grub(2). rEFInd can boot Mint by itself and doesn't even need it. Its even recommended to remove it but not absolutely necessary. Any problems would come possibly if I update Grub. For now I don't need updates to grub I have all the updates to date. So its on hold while I consider and read more. I'm in no hurry.

If you are thinking about doing this and using rEFInd I would recommend read up a lot first. The install went flawless for me, but that was not what I was worried about. I was worried about if it failed. That could be hours of work fixing depending on your system, And you have to know where to look for the answers. Which mostly are somewhere on Rod's pages.



See - The rEFInd Boot Manager for more information.