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I just bought a new notebook which came with Windows 8 (+UEFI) which I will use to play some games, however, I want to have Fedora (18) linux available for some stuff.

I tried and failed to install it in two different ways:

Using the available disk space, I created a /boot, a /boot/efi and a / partitions. This way, Fedora works just fine while grub is not able to start Win8 (it says it is because it can't find Microsoft's efi files).

Because of the previous situation, I then started using the default EFI partition as /boot/efi, so grub could be able to find all files needed. Instead of this, grub is now not even able to start Fedora normally.

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Got it working by doing as suggested at: – Wanderson Jan 18 '13 at 2:58

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In your first installation, you could probably have repaired it by creating a custom /etc/grub.d/40_custom file. Something like the following should work, although creating GRUB 2 chainloader entries for EFI is a bit of an arcane art, so I can't make any promises:

menuentry "Windows 7" {
    insmod part_gpt
    insmod chain
    set root='(hd0,gpt1)'
    chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi

Since you've moved on to the second installation, though, it's not clear what's going on because you've presented so little information. The RESULTS.txt file from a run of Boot Info Script would be useful, or at least a description of what precisely happens when you try to boot. Given the little information you've provided, the only solution I can suggest is to do a manual boot loader installation. rEFInd can probably be made to work without too much struggle, but you'll need to boot an emergency system in EFI mode, mount your entire Fedora installation (including /boot and /boot/efi) somewhere, and use the --root option to to get it to install correctly.

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