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I am wanting to get a list of different updates that a computer should have done in preparation for dual-booting to ensure that everything will go smoothly.

The reason I'm asking this is because I have a laptop that's been through numerous dual-boot configurations. At one point, I only had Linux Mint running and my Windows (for VS development) in VirtualBox. Eventually, I removed everything and reinstalled Windows 8 on my machine. When I did that, a number of things weren't working properly; installing drivers have fixed most of them. Since then, I've been updating as many drivers as I can find pertaining to my model and hardware.

I want to make sure I cover all of my bases and I don't end up ruining my boot-loader or anything important.

What other items should I consider updating or reconfiguring before I dual-boot again?

I have a Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5120

  • AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7660G Graphics Engine
  • 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory
  • 750GB (5400rpm, Serial ATA) Hard Drive
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • 10/100 Ethernet LAN
  • 1-USB (2.0) port with Sleep and Charge, 2-USB (3.0) ports
  • HDMI® output port
  • Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-Cell) Battery

Also, it is safe to assume that I will only be installing Linux Distro's alongside Windows 8. Starting with Bodhi which is based on Ubuntu.

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I am wanting to get a list of different updates that a computer should have done in preparation for dual-booting

There is no connection between updates and dual-boot. Windows updates do not affect bootloader configuration.

When I did that, a number of things weren't working properly; installing drivers have fixed most of them.

A clean installation of Windows needs drivers.

The thing with Windows 8 is that due to its fast startup options Linux will be affected (You will have readonly acces to NTFS partitions, some hardware may not work - like network card). See this also Why disable Fast Boot on Windows 8 when having dual booting?

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