Installing Linux these days is very very easy. But installing it with Windows 8 or 8.1 that has EFI enabled could be nightmare for new users who don’t know the technicalities, so here are some simple steps to follow to install Fedora 21.
1. Create Live Pendrive
2. Turn Off FastBoot
Open Power Options
Click on Choose what closing the lid does
Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable. This requires administrative privileges.
Uncheck the Turn on fast startup
3. Create partition
Right click on My Computer or This computer and select Manage
Select Disk Management and then find a partition you have spare/free disk space for Fedora to install (recommended 20GB).
Right click on the selected partition and select Shrink Volume…
In the popped up window in the shown box enter in MB how much space you want to allocate to Fedora and then click Shrink button
The unallocated partition is created as shown.
4. Disable UEFI Secure boot
To disable UEFI secure boot follow the steps shown here
Open PC settings
Click on Update and recovery
Select Recovery and in Advanced Startup click on Restart now
Click on Use a device
Depending on your device type select one if DVD then select EFI DVD/CDROM
Now PC will restart from the DVD or Disk as selected. Select the first option to boot from Live Fedora from the selected device. Your initial selection screen may be different from what is shown here, though select first option.
Once booted up select Install to Hard Drive from the popped up window
Select language of your preference and click Continue
Click on INSTALLATION DESTINATION to select and confirm the partition
Fedora will automatically detect the partition that is unallocated(the one we created before) and then just click Done button. Please make sure that size of partition automatically selected by Fedora is same as the one we have created earlier in windows.
Click Begin Installation button to move ahead with the installation.
Assign ROOT PASSWORD that will be required for any package installation later so remember this password. Also click on USER CREATION i.e. create your account so as to differentiate your data from others. You can create more users later on as needed.
Now Fedora will install itself and then you can restart your PC in Fedora