Installing Apricity on a HP Spectre x360

  1. Boot into windows, resize (shrink) windows partition with disk management tool to create space for Apricity.
  2. Download Apricity and write to USB stick.
  3. Go into BIOS (Esc+F10 at boot). Disable trusted boot.
  4. Boot off USB Stick (F9 at boot). If you cannot choose “Install” from subsequent boot menu, specifically choose the EFI file.
  5. Select custom partitioning, create your / and swap partitions in the free space previously created. Remember to mount your first FAT32 partition as /boot/efi or the bootloader won’t install.
  6. When finished reboot into Apricity. Do a full update, ensure you are on kernel 4.5+.
  7. In /etc/default/grub set GRUB_DEFAULT=saved & uncomment GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT=”true” to remember previous OS.
  8. Add Windows to boot menu with
    su -c ‘os-prober && grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg’
  9. Reboot

Note: if you apply a large windows update (service pack size), you may find that the GRUB boot loader is broken and goes into Rescue Mode. You can fix this by temporarily changing the root partition that GRUB needs to find and then fixing it permanently by running sudo grub-install.

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2 Responses to Installing Apricity on a HP Spectre x360

  1. José says:

    Hi, I installed following your steps. Shrink my C:/ Disk, create a Live USB Stick and turn off Secure BOOT.
    I put /boot/efi in the FAT 32 partition, created a partition with 2048 GB and selected linuxswap, and created an /ext4 partition with the free space.
    The installation was success, then I restarted my notebook and changed the boot to my HDD, but I can’t boot into Apricity, the computer took me to Windows. You know how can I repair that?

  2. jamespo says:

    If you boot with esc+f9, are you given the option of the apricity EFI boot?
    If so you should be able to default to that in BIOS settings.

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