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Some questions regarding GPT, UEFI & Triple Booting

Question: Some questions regarding GPT, UEFI & Triple Booting

Hello guys.

I plan to triple boot Windows 8.1 Pro, Mac OS X Mavericks and Ubuntu 14.04 TLS on my machine.

I just had a few question regarding the same and some questions about UEFI & GPT.

Now, I'm going to format my entire drive and install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode. So the hard disk will be automatically formatted to GPT instead of MBR right?

Also, my graphic card (MSI R9 270X HAWK) doesn't yet support UEFI/GOP so even if I do install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode, I can choose not to use the UEFI option?

My hard disk being GPT formatted during the Windows 8.1 install in UEFI, will I have to apply any patches to install OS X (which will be on a separate partition)?

Should I install OS X first as it uses GPT and then install Windows 8.1 in UEFI mode on a separate partition?

Lastly, after installing OS X and Windows 8.1, how do I install Ubuntu in UEFI mode (if it supports UEFI) and configure the boot menu so that I can choose which OS to boot into?

Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Yash Shah

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Answer: Some questions regarding GPT, UEFI & Triple Booting

I don't know about Linux/Mac, but here is some info about UEFI/BIOS boot mode: link

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Hi everyone, I have been dual booting Windows 7 and XP for several months now, everything is working great thanks to your excellent guide:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

But now I want to add a Vista partition. Usually, I do some reading and try to do everything by myself, but the last time I fiddled with the partitions, I corrupted the MBR and lost a lot of important data, so now I thought that it's better to be safe than sorry.

The questions:
1. Can I just follow this guide:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
to install Vista when both XP and 7 are already installed?
2. Is there a chance I can damage the other partitions by installing Vista?
3. Is there anything else I need to know before I begin?

Now for some info:
I have a 1TB HDD composed of 2 500GB HDDs in RAID 0.
I have several partitions. NTFS, FAT32 and even exFAT. I will install Vista on a 45GB NTFS partition I will create.
I'm dual booting Windows 7 Ultimate X64 and XP Pro SP3 X86.
My system has an Athlon II x3 435 CPU with 4GB of RAM.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:Some questions about triple booting 7/Vista/XP

It is standard practice to load operating systems in chronological order so installing vista last may cause the other operating systems to cease booting.

The result will depend on where the actual boot files are currently held - can you post a screenshot of your current configuration, to enable us to see exactly what may need to be altered

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Question: Triple Booting

I've got XP and linux double-booting at the moment and I'm wondering if I could put another XP install on the same drive. Would The GRUB menu still work? Any intricacies I need to be aware of or can I just partition a new slot and go?

Thanks
 

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Question: Triple Booting

Hey guys. I am curious if anyone can point me to some good tutorials on how to triple boot my machine. I am building a new system and putting Vista Business x64 on it. I will use that for mostly everything but would still like to leave my options open. Thats why I want to have XP on there as well. Also because I have been getting more into Linux, I want to have Ubunto on there in case I feel like making the switch, and also just to help practice my linux skillz. Can anyone help me triple boot (preferrebly without any 3rd party software unless it makes everything crazy easy)?
 

Answer:Triple Booting

install the windows operating systems first then install ubuntu it has a boot loader called grub that will automatically detect them at startup it displays them in a list and you choose which os to boot

i am using it to quad boot vista, xp, osx, and ubuntu
 

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Question: Triple booting

I'm buying another hard drive, and I was thinking of triple booting XP, Vista, and Ubuntu. To go about this, is the procedure:
While installing XP, create three partitions. 50GB for XP, 50GB for Vista, and 20GB for Ubuntu. Finish installing XP.
Install Vista on 30GB partition. Finish installing and update.
Install Ubuntu on 20GB partition. Create the swapdisk. (Or is it, create the swap parition beforehand, while making those partitions in the beginning?)

If I'm missing anything, please tell me.

Another question. I have two other hard drives as storage. Will Vista and Ubuntu, detect them right away, after they've been installed?

Answer:Triple booting

Okay your setup will be just perfect. As that is the same setup i use. XP/Vista/Ubuntu in that order on my hard drive. ubuntu wont need SWAP if you specs are good. SWAP is mainly for older PC's. I have never used a SWAP and my Ubuntu goes great with my P4 3.4GHz and 3GB DDR2 RAM.

Yes Vista and Ubuntu will read and write to those partitions easily. Ubuntu supports NTFS by default.

If you want help getting the Vista bootloader to work right check out

EasyBCD Documentation Home - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

The Wiki there will provide you with all the info you will need on how to add XP to the Vista bootloader and how to use the Vista bootlaoder with Ubuntu as well.

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Question: Triple Booting

Okay i'm testing your brains over this one.

I'm trying to boot my laptop with 3 operating systems, they are: WindowsME, SuSE 8.1 and RedHat 8.0(i install in that order as well).

The problem i have is with the 2 linux distros, windows is okay about living with them!

Anyway here was my setup before i wiped the disk, i will start again soon.

\/ MountPoint|Type|Format|Size(MB)|Start|End

/dev/hda1| vfat| 9782| 1| 1247 <<windows
/dev/hda2| swap| yes| 737| 1248| 1341| << shared swap
/dev/hda3| reiserfs| 4299| 1342| 1889| <<SuSE
/dev/hda4| EXTENDED| 4259| 1890| 2432|
/dev/hda5| /boot| ext3| yes| 102| 1890| 1902 <<RH boot
/dev/hda6| /| ext3| yes| 4142| 1903| 2430 <<RH

Their are 2 problems that i had.
1. SuSE didn't (as you can see) doesn't have a boot partition, Suse is hda3 and shares its swap with redhat which is hda6 and rh's boot is hda5.
2. When fully installed redhat doesn't see suse or windows anyway so i couldn't mount those partitions.

I'm thinking i should install in this order: windows, RedHat and then SuSE.

Anybody care to help? After i installed redhat last, RH wouldn't add Suse to the boot list.

Now i was told to like copy the suse kernel into the RH boot partition but i wouldn't how to do that and its harder when RH cannot see suse anyway.

If this seems all like crazy stuff then please refer to this forum thread:

http://forum.****microsoft.com/... Read more

Answer:Triple Booting

you don't need a seperate boot partition for linux any more. You can just pass the lba32 parameter into lilo if needed. /boot does not have to be below any kind of cylinder limit.

I would keep things simple and have a FAT32 primary partition, then extended, then logical for red hat, logical for suse and logical for swap. there is no reason why this should not work if done correctly.
 

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Question: Triple booting

At present I have a dual-boot system with Vista and Windows 7. Can I add XP to that system?

Answer:Triple booting

See here:click hereI had an XP /W7 dual boot but have now ditched XP for simplicity - why have all three?

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Question: triple booting

Probably one of my biggest fears is posting in the wrong place,but here goes. The other day i booted Ubuntu 11.10 INSIDE my windows seven for simplicity sake. Now I guess Im being greedy and would like to double boot windows Vista into the group. I have plenty of space on the HD. But i dont know just how to accomplish this or if its even possible. I do know, however, that yall are a pretty sharp bunch and im asking for help in doing this. Any takers? id greatly appreciate any help and or caveats. Sincerely,tintorerra!

Answer:triple booting

Hi-

By "inside" windows, did you use Wubi? or a virtual machine (such as VirtualBox or VMWare).

Also, yes, it is possible. you can technically have infinite, however, things become complicated after 3/4 OSs.

Just so i can get an idea of what your setup is, please go to disk management (Start --> right-click "computer" --> "manage" --> in left hand pane: "disk managment") and take a screenshot of it. to do that, press "printscreen" ("Prt Scr" on your keyboard) then open up MS paint and paste the image. save it and attach it to your next post.

Regards,

Mark

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Question: Triple Booting

I need to triple boot three operating systems in VMware Server.The OS are:  98SE, NT 4.0, and 2000 Pro.My question is:  What is the correct order of installation?Several sources told me that it was non-windows and older versions of windows first, followed by newer versions of windows.  Following this, it would be NT, 98SE, then 2k.  I tried this, but it did not work.

Answer:Triple Booting

98se is based on ms-dos and therefore "older" technology than NT, so needs to go first.https://www.ms2.cn/technet/archive/ntwrkstn/tips/ncccrtdu.mspx#EIE

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Question: Triple Booting

Hi, just joined forum. I've been on vista and seven forums awhile. I have a PC with three drives. One has Vista (my favorite OS - I'm one of those retro types); the other two have seven. (all home premium). The original drive has seven HP 64, and the drive has a minor issue in that it takes 5 or more minutes to shut down. (It was 15 minutes, I made some progress with it). The other seven drive also has seven HP 64 and works flawlessly. I plan to keep the vista drive going as it's my workhorse. So, I'm wondering which seven drive to install W10 on. My thought is that by installing it on the drive that has the issue, that problem will go away as I will have a new OS. however, I don't want to lose the programs and documents on that drive. So I thought maybe I should install W10 on the other drive, see if it works out, and if so, then install it on the other drive. Sound like a good plan?

Other questions: could I roll back to seven on one of the drives, so I have vista, seven and ten all on my computer? Also, what if I put Linux on one of the drives? Will that mess things up?

Thanks,

michael

Answer:Triple Booting

Why do you think the problem will go away with a new OS. Maybe the drive is going bad. First thing I would do is to backup anything on the drive that is important.

Are you just interested in "playing around" with the various OSs? Working with and maintaining three or four operating systems seems like more pain than I would care to tolerate.

IMO, Vista is one of the worse (its the "Jar Jar Binks" of the Microsoft family). I would make the Win7 the workhorse and play around with 10 (until you decide if it is stable and better or worse than 7). Use the third drive just for backups, and put an image of each of the other two drives/OSs on it.

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OK, i want to triple boot Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Ubuntu 9.10

I've partitioned my 300GB HDD into 3.

Vista was installed on it first (C Windows 7 was installed second (A and i've got my Ubuntu partition ready to be the third as (U



I want to install from USB. Is it possible to run the setup and install within Windows?
Or do i have to boot from a DVD?
Also, what will happen to my bootloader? I assume that grub will take over the Windows loader which is fine whilst i use Ubuntu?
What happens when i want to uninstall Ubuntu? Does the Windows loader just kick back into effect or would i have to reinstall the loader?

Sorry for the plethora of questions. Just want to be sure of what i'm doing

Answer:Triple Boot Questions

No, you will need to run Setup from the live CD. GRUB will take over the boot loader if you let it, but there are ways around it. When you want to uninstall Ubuntu, unless you have worked around the takeover, you will need to repair your Windows installations from the repair disk.

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Hi,

I've got a dual-booting Dell Dimension 4500 P4 with the following hard disk setup:

DISK 1 (40GB) - Windows XP

DellUtility Fat 31.3 MB Primary
Local Disk (C NTFS 38.1 GB Primary

DISK2 (120GB) - Windows XP
Cubase SX NTFS 114 GB Primary

I've backed everything up to an external drive. Disk 1 is the partition I use day to day and contains the boot.ini to load Windows XP on DISK2 if required.

What I want to do is remove Disk 1 and repartition Disk 2 so that I can add a further Windows XP instance and possibly a third partition for another OS at a later stage (e.g Linux or a Vista Beta).

However, if I remove Disk 1, I cant boot the machine - presumably because boot.ini, ntldr etc are on that Disk. Can I just copy these files over? If so, which are the files I need? From memory I would also need to edit boot.ini so that it looks at the right partition on the right disk to boot into an OS.

The error I get if I just have disk 2 connected is:

PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot agent.

Reboot and select a proper boot device.

Both drives are set to use cable-select. I;ve tried making Disk 2 a master but got the same error. The cabling is inserted firmly etc.

I have a copy of Partition Magic 8 on Disk1 I can use for the partitioning. I'd be grateful if anyone could suggest a strategy for doing this without any 'ntldr' missing or blue screen nightmares. I used to know this stuff but am a bit rusty.

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Answer:XP dual/triple booting

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am going to put the operating system on my aspire one 120gb , xp will my main OS with programs installed. and other OS will be used so i can familarise mytself with them

i am thinking in this order for my 120gb
1 ntfs 20gb xp pro
2 ext 5gb openseus
3 hts 15gb leapord but leapord uses 9gb am i right?
4 a 80gb data partition rest as fat32 data for compatibility

i wont be using linux/leapord extensively to install apps , but mainly as OS just to play about with . so trying to minimuse disk space but my main OS will be XP ; so i have some questions

1 = i still want to be able to write 4gb + data files , so am i better off using xp partition as ntfs or fat32 or use the data partition as ntfs but then linux/leapord cannot access it without kernal add on so i am in chkicken egg situ here. i think i will go for ntfs so i can still at least play with 4gb+ files and leave the data partition as fat32 for overall normal docuement data

2 opensu or ubuntu better? in terms of functionalily not just gui. i can program c++ , c , java so pretty competent using an OS if complex but neither do i want it DOS based. after researching the internet i will be going with openseus with kde as ubuntu i can still run off the cd

3 what order of OS do i install to get it tripe/dual boot - i am presuming xp , openseus and then leapord

4 what program do i use to fdisk , create the partitions ? - google shows each OS will recongise an exisiting OS is present and will allow new menu options for extra OSs... Read more

Answer:triple booting system, help help help !!

Simplify and use VMs. One OS to back up, and then you can simply back up the VM files. When I do something to utterly trash my Ubuntu VM, all I have to do is copy down a file from my server, and I'm back up and running again.

You also need to be careful about mentioning OSX running on a PC. Those threads often end up locked.

As for Ghosting, all you have to do is use an external USB drive and BartPE. You can send the Ghost image file to the external drive, and pull it back if you need to restore. You can keep the VM files on the external drive as well.
 

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Hi All,

I never setup a triple-boot system before. I kind of have an idea of how I'm going to attempt this little project but wanted to see what you guys thought. I have a 320GB asus laptop and plan on using Gparted live cd to do all my partitioning. I plan to create 2 NTFS partitions and then create an EXT3 partition plus a swap partition.. is this the way or is their another/easier way?

Thanks All
 

Answer:Triple-booting Win 7, XP, Ubuntu

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On my machine I have two internal hard disk drives and, for backups, an external drive.When I bought the machine just over three years ago, it came with:-Hard Disk '0' partitioned into:- Logical Disk 'C' containing XPand Logical Disk 'D' containing Recovery for XP I obtained from Hewlett Packard the free express upgrade to Vista. I clean installed Vista onto:-Hard Disk '1' as Logical Disk 'D'.When Windows 7 arrived, I created a partition on Hard Disk '1' and installed W7 onto Logical Disk 'W'. (i.e. alongside Vista) When I boot the machine, I am offered the choice of XP, W7, Vista and the XP Recovery.I have read a little about boot sequences (IPL's, _PBR's, ntldr's, BCD's etc.) and I am a bit confused because I now want to remove Vista and reclaim the space for W7 on Hard Disk '1'.If I delete the partition containing Vista, will that mess up the boot sequence? Are the three operating systems on my machine somehow "linked" or "chained" such that an initial boot goes via XP and then Vista to get to W7?.......or am I even more confused than I think I am?. My concern is that deleting Vista might remove the link to W7 or am I worrying unnecessarily?I would be grateful members' comments/guidance. Thanks in advance for any replies.

Answer:Triple Booting - Partial Knowledge

You have no need to worry, deleting the Vista partition will not affect the other two. In fact its the Win7/Vista boot loader that controls how XP boots in this case. Assuming "C" is the system/boot drive then you have no problems deleting Vista. You can easily tell which partition is boot as it will contain Bootmgr, ntldr, boot.ini etc. Firstly I would download Easybcd to remove Vista from your boot loader options. click here

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With Mac snow leopard , windows 7 ultimate and back track linux,... just wondering has any one else done something like this on their y560?

Answer:Thinking of triple booting my Y560

I just recently dual-booted my Y560 with Ubuntu 10.10 and Win 7. Both run perfectly. I don't know about triple boot systems but its funny how I was thinking about doing the same thing today! LOL   I'd say Google around a bit for instructions on how to do that. 

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Hi everybody, this is my very first post!

My Dell XPS Studio 1640 laptop currently has installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

I have a project this weekend to set up my PC with triple boot (XP/7/Linux)

Partly to ensure I can go back to my original setup, I purchased a full Macrium Reflect licence to make a back up of my Win7 installation. I bought the full version so that I could have the Windows PE restore facility as well as the standard Linux based one.

I will be using the following guide as a starting point: Installing and Triple-booting Windows XP, Windows 7 and Ubuntu

However, if at all possible, I would like to use Macrium Reflect to restore my original Windows 7 system to the second partition rather than having to install Win7 from scratch and then re-installing all my (many) applications!

Please let me know if this is possible and tell me of any things I need to take special care about.

Many thanks in advance!

-- white were wolf

Answer:Triple booting XP/7/Ubuntu - your advice please!

Your[Quote]I have a project this weekend to set up my PC with triple boot (XP/7/Linux)[Quote]

I am taking this as PC=desktop not notebook.
My advice would be to use three HD one for each OS.

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This is my new computer.  They forced Win 8.1 on me and it's the worst thing I've ever seen.  I think MS really shot itself in the foot removing all support for DOS and that may be keeping some users running XP.
 
I'm running DOS programs in DOSBox but DOSBox doesn't support printing so I'm running XP in a virtual box.  It can print but it's not a long term solution.  What I want to do is triple boot the existing Win 8.1 with XP (I have an installation disk) and Linux Mint (a glorified Ubuntu).  I think it's time that Microsoft and I part ways but I need some legacy support before marrying Linux.
 
This tute tells me how to dual boot 8.1 and XP.  I'd think that triple booting would just involve using GParted to carve out another partition for Mint and running the installer.
 
Any tips?  Of course I am going to make an image of the entire HD first.

Answer:Need tips on triple booting W8.1, XP and Mint

 
Any tips?

Yes, Have you got an external USB HDD? Use that.
 
When installing Linux
1 Make sure you plug in any printers or scanners Linux will detect them and install them for you.
2 Make sure you are connected to the net.
 

Dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI ...
 

 
I'd think that triple booting would just involve using GParted to carve out another partition for Mint and running the installer.

Yes basically.
Linux Bootloader will replace the Windows one.
Resizing and Adding Partitions using GParted Live
 

 
Linux Mint (a glorified Ubuntu).

Yup. Linux for novices.
 

 
Of course I am going to make an image of the entire HD first.

 Good idea also de-fragment you Hard Drive from within windows.

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I currently have a system (not the system I'm on now) that triple boots in this order : WINXP/WIN7/WIN7.

I would like to keep XP and one of my Win7 installations as is and upgrade the second WIN7 installation to Win8, so I would then have a triple boot like this: WINXP/WIN7/WIN8. Will this work? or am I going to lose the XP and other Win7 installation.

I know the system I want to do this on does meet all requirements, so that's not a problem, I just want to know if I'm going to lose any of the other Windows installations if I were to try this.

Answer:Triple Booting Win8 with Win7 and XP

I think that, yes, you would loose one. But with two internal HD's it should be doable.
Clone your current HD... WINXP/WIN7/WIN7...

Then have Win 8 wipe it with a fresh install.

Place the image of WINXP/WIN7/WIN7 on your second hard drive and then at boot
choose either HD1 or HD2 as the boot device.

The best of both worlds. ummm maybe?

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Hello,
I own a macbook pro (Core Duo, 2 gig ram, 160gb hd). I am going off of the site.... http://wiki.onmac.net/index.php/Triple_Boot_via_BootCamp. I have installed the rEFIt loader and windows XP. Mac and Windows work fine. But i am not sure how to go about Linux. Apparently, the linux boot loading system and the mac os x boot loading system aren't the same and this can cause conflicts when trying to get a boot loader together?? Well, the site tells me to install linux/lilo and do some crazy configurating with them. The configurations of lilo i am sure i can figure out... I just am not sure where to begin... Am i supposed to install linux and lilo then in linux (through option/alt and loading that partition) am i supposed to change the lilo loader? Or how am i supposed to deal with Lilo. Is anybody able to decipher what they are saying or able to help me in another way going forward with what i already am working with.
I am trying to get Ubuntu on my system.
 

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1. How much room do I need for an Ubuntu partition?

2. How much room do I need for an OSX partition?

3. Can either of those read and/or write from an NTFS partition?

The ultimate question is that I have a Dell laptop with an internal 80 gig. I just got a 250 gig external. Next week, I'm going to reformat. I'd like to be able to triple-boot XP, Ubuntu, and OSX. I'm just trying to figure out how I should partition everything.
 

Answer:Triple Booting XP/OSX/Ubuntu - Partitioning

Assuming you want all three (OSX on a Dell?), there is a lot of options and ways to partition it. There are ways to get the different OS to read one anothers filesystems, but there are always questions of stability and data loss, so I would suggest that you keep a common partition that is formatted to fat32 so that they all can read and write to it. You will most likely want your external drive formatted to Fat32.

One possible way to split your 80GB drive:
OS #1 -> 10GB
OS #2 -> 10GB
OS #3 -> 10GB
Swap -> 2GB
Fat32 -> 48GB

Another possible way to split your 80GB drive:
OS #1 -> 25.3GB
OS #2 -> 25.3GB
OS #3 -> 25.3GB
Swap -> 4GB
(count on external being formatted to Fat32)
 

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I know what Microsoft says about two operating system in the same partition; but, I have found there are usually ways around the "official" way to run Windows.

I need a system where Windows 98, 2000 and XP are available boot choices in the SAME FAT-32 partition.

Anyone here done that?
 

Answer:Triple-booting Win98/2000/XP?

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Hi. My first question is:
1) Can you install and boot XP on a logical partition (if I remember correctly a logical partition is inside of an extended)

2) Is it possible to triple boot with XP as one of the OS. The other two OS use the Vista bootloader, so would I have to install XP first then? Because if I don't install XP first, I could always run BCDEditor or VistaBootPro in XP right?

Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:A question about triple booting and/or partitions?

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I have a somewhat curious issue. I'm trying to set up a triple boot on my MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4 with Windows 8.1, XP and Yosemite (OS X).

Can it be done?

My machine can't pull off a VM. All three OSes run fine independently on the machine so drivers aren't an issue. Right now, I'm dual booting with OS X and 8.1. Here is the disk.






/dev/disk0
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *250.1 GB disk0
1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
2: Apple_HFS Yosemite 100.0 GB disk0s2
3: Microsoft Basic Data Windows 149.7 GB disk0s3



I think the issue will be the Windows bootloader. IIRC it prefers to have Windows first for the older OSes like XP.

Has anyone tried something like this?

Answer:Triple Booting Windows 8.1, XP and Yosemite on MBP

Anyone?

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Can you please advise me... I have a Aspire T180 MotherBoard to which I would like to install a AMD Triple Core 8750 2.4ghz CPU with 4gig 800mhz RAM.. Is this possible.. will I need a BIOS update? Are there issues with doing this?.. any help would be much appreciated... regards bravanovich
 

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I want to make tripple booting win7, 2k3 and linux how should I make please help me.

Answer:I want triple booting (Win7, W2k3, & Linux)

xp forum!On separate discs?If you install in the order 2k3, win7 then linux, the win7 install will create a dual boot with 2k3, then linux will create a dual boot with windows (probably using GRUB).

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"but you only listed 2 OS" you say. I know

I know this can be done as i've ran it for years. In the past 3 years i've had to format 2-3 times & each time i've had problems doing this, but managed to stumble through. I can't seem to do it any more.

Basically, i want 1x WinXP installed & 2x Win7 installed (please let's not get into why 2 lots of Win7 as it's not important).

I installed WinXP first, then Win7, then Win7 again.
Ran EasyBCD on the final Win7 install, arranged the boot order - didn't work. Wrote to MBR - didn't work.

Both Win 7 partitions boot but not WinXP.
When I select to boot to WinXP it tells me:
Windows failed to start.
File: \NST\ntldr
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

I don't know how key this is but this morning i noticed a difference:
last time, WinXP & one Win7 install were on the same physical HDD - just split into 2 partitions. The other Win7 install was on a separate physical SSD.
This time however, each install is on it's own separate physical disk - both Win7s on their own SSD & WinXP on it's own HDD.

So this morning i re-install WinXP. This means i can only boot to WinXP - the bootmenu is not "seeing" either Win7 install. However when i try to start up EasyBCD in WinXP - it's a no go. Nothing "lights up".

I also wondered this morning what order in BIOS the physical drives should be in. Right now in order it's... Read more

Answer:Having trouble triple booting WinXP & Win7. Please help.

Can you boot to each OS HD drive from the BIOS boot menu?

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My machine has one partition with Vista, one 10GB restore partition and one 47MB FAT16 partition. All are primary partitions.

I want to add an XP partition and another Vista partition. I have a Vista CD so I'm pretty sure I can get rid of the restore partition. The 47MB partition seems to be used for Dell diagnostics. Anyone what the consequences might be if a delete that one?

The assumption I'm making is that each OS needs to be installed in a primary partition.
 

Answer:Solved: Triple-booting on a Dell - already have 3 primary partitions

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Hey guys,

I'm needing some information that is extremely hard to come by.

The 740m in the HP Envy 17t-j000, does anyone know, or does anyone know WHERE to look (Google failed me, or I failed Google!) to find out whether it needs ACTIVE displayport -> HDMI adapters?

I question this because I know the 57xx series from ATI required active. The card only supported 1 RAMDAC signal (or something?) and the Nvidia's tech seems different. According to HP support, passive will work fine. I need to have the adapters ordered ASAP, but I do not want to order the incorrect ones.

Any assistance is appreciated.
 

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I have a 33 Gb SCSI hard disk where i installed Win2k3 server on fist partition (15GB) and install Suse linux 9.0 into the second partition by making 1 gb partition. And install redhat 3.0 into the third partition by making seprate 1gb swap, boot and root partition. Suse is using GRUB boot loader and Redhat boot loader is LILO.My problem is I am able to boot my system in Win2k3 and Redhat. But i am unable to boot it with Suse. If somebody will care to help me then i will be thankfull to you.
 

Answer:Need halp in triple booting with Win2k3 Suseand redhat lo=inux

What is the primary bootloader (the first boot menu)? Windows, GRUB or lilo?

If you installed Windows, then SuSE with GRUB in the MBR and then RedHat with lilo in the MBR then you effectively rendered SuSE unbootable.

If this is how you did it then you have to do the Linux bootloaders again. Either put GRUB back in the MBR and lilo in the RH partition or lilo->MBR GRUB->SuSE part.
 

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Is UEFI only supported on Microsoft Based OS's. What does UEFI stand for and how does it work. I have had a few laptops, were I was asked to put the OS back on and I haven't been at the time able to install Windows 7, as we now have windows 10. Is UEFI supported on Win 10. What is it? The Boise seems hugely affected by this when I installed windows 8.1 back on the System at the time.

EDIT: Also one last thing, how does it affect security.

Answer:UEFI? I have just a few questions if OK.

UEFI = Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

It's goal is to replace the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) for the motherboard pre-boot environment.

No, UEFI is not restricted to only MS OS's. Secure Boot, however is geared towards Windows. This is the setting that you need to disable to install legacy or alternate OS's.
Compatibility:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unifie...#Compatibility

Criticism about Secure Boot:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unifie...#Secure_boot_2

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Question: UEFI booting

I created two UEFI bootable USB drives:
USB stick 1.) using windows 10 "create recovery drive" - on a 32GB usb 3.0 drive
USB stick 2.) using EASE US backup/restore software - on a 4GB usb 2.0 drive

Both sticks appear to be UEFI. When I put them in my windows 10 desktop machine, they both show up in the boot menu as "UEFI:" followed by the usb stick brand name. Stick 2 also shows up a 2nd time in the boot menu, with the brand name but without the "UEFI" in front. When I select Stick 1 from the boot menu, the desktop machine boots, asks for the keyboard type and continues to the recovery program. However the desktop will not boot to Stick 2 using either of its boot menu choices.

Then I tried them in my Lenovo Yoga 2pro laptop (now with windows 10). The only way to get the boot menu on this device is to power down and hit the small button on the side. Stick 2 appears in the boot menu, and when I select it the EASE US backup software starts. Stick 1 is a different story however. I can boot to it by selecting "Advanced startup" under Settings, Recovery and then it boots and behaves like it did on my desktop machine. However it does not show up at all in the boot menu, and thus there would be no way to boot to it if windows was broken. (Kind of defeats the purpose of the USB stick!). I also tried this on a second Yoga 2 pro that I have and the results were the same. (I've already disabled the "secure boot" option in the BIOS.)

I... Read more

Answer:UEFI booting

Is your stick 1 formatted with NTFS ? If so, recreate it but format it with FAT32 because some earlier version of UEFI firmware won't boot if it is formatted with NTFS.

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I have w8-32 bit, installed on a 1TB hdd with MBR partitioning.
There are 3 main partitions of 100 GB each, and then the last partition has which 7 logical partitions of 100 GB each, except last one having whatever was left.
PC is basically 6 years old, Intel Pentium Dual core E2180, 2 GHz
BIOS is American Megatrends 0404, 1/7/2008

Now, Three questions basically -

1. I found on net that even if a harddisk is GUID partitioned, w8 would need UEFI support to boot from it.
So Before going through doing GUID partitioning, how do I check whether my BIOS/ PC/ hardware can support UEFI support or not?

2. of course I understand that I can backup all data, delete all partition and reformat freshly all over again into GUID, but that would be too much efforts.

So the question is - how to convert MBR partition to GUID without loosing data, if possible?

3. As only 4 main partitions are permitted in MBR system, the fourth partition has to have several logical partitions, but if that fourth partition goes bad, we can't recover data from any of the logical partitions with it.

So the question is - Can my 1TB harddisk have a mix of MBR and GUID partitions at the same time?
If it is possible, then I can have 3 MBR partitions, and remaining 6 as GUID partitions, so that their data can be recovered.

TIA
Rawat

Answer:MBR, UEFI, GUID questions

Your PC needs to support UEFI to support GPT partitions...
A disk can only support one MBR or the other GPT - not both.
Can't say for sure anybody has had any luck just converting MBR to GPT

MBR support 4 primary partitions
GPT supports 128 primary partitions

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I accidentally deleted the Boot Options and now I can only access the UEFI page. Does anyone know how to fix this? Any help would be appreciated, thanks

Answer:Laptop booting up with UEFI please help

Are you talking about UEFI (more commonly, and mistakenly referred to as bios) setup before the computer boots into Windows, or are you talking about a failure to boot from the hard drive? If you are talking about the UEFI settings before the computer boots, we need to know the exact model Asus Laptop.

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Hi, I just purchased the HP x360 Spectre, which came with Win 10 Home and UEFI/SecureBoot turned on. The boot disk is GPT. Also, there are 4 partitions on the drive out of the box, as listed in the : EFI SystemRecovery PartitionRecovery ( D: )Windows ( C: ) This is my first Windows above 7, and the first that is not Legacy BIOS and MBR boot disk, so I'm a little lost with all this. I need to backup the drive before making changes to the new laptop using my Macrium Reflect Win7-based PE USB pen drive, but when I disable SecureBoot and enable Legacy Boot and move USB key to the top of the boot list, it boots Reflect under PE OK, but no drives are shown in Reflect to back up. I'm not sure at this point if this is because Version 5 of Reflect doesn't support UEFI (although I'm not sure that's a factor as I've booted), or some other factor resulting from UEFI and GPT. I know Reflect V5 can backup GPT drives, as I do it now, but have only imaged MBR drives. There are newer version of Win PE; Ver 4 based upon Win 8, and Ver 5 based upon Win 8.1, which might solve my problems. I'm trying that next. If anyone has any insight, it would be much appreciated. Also, are UEFI and BIOS connected in some way to MBR and GPT, so that one requires the other, or can you mix and match. For example, could I have machine using UEFI and an MBR boot drive, or vice versa? I'm just not sure what, at this point, is making my drives not appear in Reflect. Also, is there a way to conver... Read more

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Hi all,

Just did an upgrade that included new MSI PC Mate MB and i7 4790K CPU - all went fine. Did a fresh install of Windows 7 Pro 64.

The Bios of the MSI gave me fits from the get go as far as booting. I initially installed OS in UEFI/Legacy mode. But did some switching to UEFI in an effort to get the boot correct (kept wanting to boot to other sata drives). It seems that at some point it stuck in UEFI mode - see below bcdedit /enum report. Now it will not boot in UEFI/Legacy mode at all (Please insert bootable media ...) so I'm running it in UEFI mode but at boot I have to use the Boot Manager and even choosing the correct disk I always get UEFI shell 1st time - second attempt gets me into Windows. Large PITA of my own making.

My question is how can I get the MBR back to standard legacy mode? Do I have to reinstall? Or maybe I can run a repair? I would hate to have to reinstall - I have a backup image - would that work or is the part that needs "fixing" on the image?

Thanks for any suggestions! I hope I was clear, if not please ask me. I'm not a rookie but not a full blown tech either.

Thanks!






Quote:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Daf>bcdedit /enum

Windows Boot Manager
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identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
path \EFI\MICROSOFT\BOOT\BOOTMGFW.EFI
description ... Read more

Answer:Win 7 booting into UEFI - How to change

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

If you boot the windows 7 x64 DVD in UEFI mode, this will install in UEFI mode.

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Laptop is a gateway nv510p04u

Running Ubuntu 14.02.

Recently bought the laptop and have issues getting it to boot usb or cd.

I was able to disable secure boot but when I try to switch the bios the only option I can select is UEFI (I was told I need to boot into legacy).

I am trying to uninstall Ubuntu and reinstall Windows 8, but I can't do that without booting from cd/usb.

Answer:Issues with UEFI and booting

Download an 8 iso.
Extract it to a usb using 7-Zip.
Click the setup.exe.
Ubuntu will be overwritten.

There is no need to boot from a usb.

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Problem is WINDOWS 7 does not boot from the 4TB disk alone. There is a 2 line error message "ReBoot and Select Proper Boot Device Or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and press a key". The system boots only when both the hard disks are connected.



Did any update of BIOS to UEFI from ASUS. Copied the the partition from 1TB to 4TB hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant. There is also a hidden folder \WINDOWS\Boot on both the physical disks. Moreover,EasyBCD shows the Bootloader Path to 4TB disk c:\Windows\system32\winload.exe.

Any guidance on how to change the system partition from E: to C:

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I accidentally deleted the Boot Options and now I can only access the UEFI page. Does anyone know how to fix this? Any help would be appreciated, thanks

Answer:Laptop booting up with UEFI please help

Are you talking about UEFI (more commonly, and mistakenly referred to as bios) setup before the computer boots into Windows, or are you talking about a failure to boot from the hard drive? If you are talking about the UEFI settings before the computer boots, we need to know the exact model Asus Laptop.

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Hi people,
I have some problem with installation Windows 10 UEFI on Samsung 850 EVO SSD.
Actually I installed everything only my problem is because I could boot only if in BIOS is set option with Windows Boot Manager

P1 Windows Boot Manager Samsung 850 EVO
P1 Samsung 850 EVO

Before I had Windows 7 Installed on other SSD in Legacy Mode.
I want to install properly Windows 10 on Samsung 850 EVO without Windows Boot Manager.
Is it that possible in UEFI Mode?
My system is i7-5820K - Rampage V Extreme - Dominator Platinum DDR4 2666 CMD16GX4M4A2666C15

Is it possible to install new Windows 10 UEFI on Samsung 850 EVO and boot without Windows Boot Manager, I mean to install without that option in BIOS.

Answer:Windows 10 UEFI Installation Questions

Windows Boot Manager is the UEFI booting mode for Windows 10. Look at your disk management screen and you will see an EFI System Partition - that is UEFI and contains the Windows Boot Manager.

If your Windows 10 is installed and booting in legacy BIOS mode, in disk management you will see a System Reserved partition marked as active as the System Partition.

The example screenshot here:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

shows a legacy BIOS setup, evidence by the first partition which is labeled as a System Reserved partition, marked as the active system partition.

This is a computer booting in UEFI:


because the second partition on Disk 0 is shown as an EFI system partition. Ignore Disk 1, even though it has an active partition it is for data only and does not boot the computer.

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Just 2 quick question in regards to Windows 10 and UEFI settings.
I have pretty much a good idea by now, but still have some questions here.

1. In the UEFI settings, how can I change my Internal HDD to boot first?
I have Windows Boot Manager set as first boot option then my internal HDD.
Does this still mean that even though the first boot option is shown as Windows Boot Manager, will BitLocker still assume that my internal HDD boots as the first boot device?
I am asking this, because I ran into some issues and read, that one of the requirements for BitLocker is to have the first boot option set to boot from the internal HDD.

2. What if my HDD dies and I need to insert a new HDD on my notebook, do I need to disable Secure Boot mode first or changing to a new hard drive will not have any issues with Secure Boot?
So in other words, will Secure Boot have issues if I change any hardware like hard drives?

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Hi people,
I have some problem with installation Windows 10 UEFI on Samsung 850 EVO SSD.
Actually I installed everything only my problem is because I could boot only if in BIOS is set option with Windows Boot Manager

P1 Windows Boot Manager Samsung 850 EVO
P1 Samsung 850 EVO

Before I had Windows 7 Installed on other SSD in Legacy Mode.
I want to install properly Windows 10 on Samsung 850 EVO without Windows Boot Manager.
Is it that possible in UEFI Mode?
My system is i7-5820K - Rampage V Extreme - Dominator Platinum DDR4 2666 CMD16GX4M4A2666C15

Is it possible to install new Windows 10 UEFI on Samsung 850 EVO and boot without Windows Boot Manager, I mean to install without that option in BIOS.

Answer:Windows 10 UEFI Installation Questions

Windows Boot Manager is the UEFI booting mode for Windows 10. Look at your disk management screen and you will see an EFI System Partition - that is UEFI and contains the Windows Boot Manager.

If your Windows 10 is installed and booting in legacy BIOS mode, in disk management you will see a System Reserved partition marked as active as the System Partition.

The example screenshot here:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

shows a legacy BIOS setup, evidence by the first partition which is labeled as a System Reserved partition, marked as the active system partition.

This is a computer booting in UEFI:


because the second partition on Disk 0 is shown as an EFI system partition. Ignore Disk 1, even though it has an active partition it is for data only and does not boot the computer.

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Just 2 quick question in regards to Windows 10 and UEFI settings.
I have pretty much a good idea by now, but still have some questions here.

1. In the UEFI settings, how can I change my Internal HDD to boot first?
I have Windows Boot Manager set as first boot option then my internal HDD.
Does this still mean that even though the first boot option is shown as Windows Boot Manager, will BitLocker still assume that my internal HDD boots as the first boot device?
I am asking this, because I ran into some issues and read, that one of the requirements for BitLocker is to have the first boot option set to boot from the internal HDD.

2. What if my HDD dies and I need to insert a new HDD on my notebook, do I need to disable Secure Boot mode first or changing to a new hard drive will not have any issues with Secure Boot?
So in other words, will Secure Boot have issues if I change any hardware like hard drives?

Answer:Win10 and UEFI Setup questions

UEFI settings is not universal. It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, from board to board, from revision to revision. So the direct answer to your question is not very possible withut knowing what exact board you have.
But, if you look at the Boot Menu, the Windows Boot manager should have a bracket beside it, and the bracket should contain a disk address. That disk is your boot disk, should be the first HDD.
So you boot from the first disk actually.

If you replace the first HDD with a new one, perform a clean windows installation on that one, virtually nothing will change.

Secure Boot protects the pre-OS environment of the computer, it protects the UEFI bootloader from any possible malware/rootkit etc. It the bootlaoder is altered by a malware/rootkit, it will not remain signed-up by microsoft; and the computer will not be allowed to boot.
Apparently it should not have any issue with replacing the HDD.

Anyway, it would be better if you shared the core issue with us .... probably some of our members may have a better solution of it than the online articles.

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Trying to work out if i can PXE boot the 3620 in UEFI mode.
only "Widnows Boot Manager" appears in the boot sequence.

Thx.

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I got my y510 a month ago and  now i delet the win 8 (Complately Formated the HDD)& trying to inistall win 8.1 in uefi mode but instead if booting dvd which have efi support it shows me some ip like numbers (ipv4 , ipv5) & asks me to restart Now I wanna know Is there any solution for this ??













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Answer:Problem with booting in uefi mode

hi Mortaza,
 
Welcoem to the Forums.
 
Just to verify, did you created a bootable UEFI Windows 8.1 installer via a USB flashdrive? If you did, this is most likely blocked by the settings in the BIOS as the system is bypassing it and is trying to boot via LAN.
 
Try to:
1. Boot in the BIOS and set the following:
 
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled (if applicable)
 
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Disabled / Other OS (if applicable)
 
2. When done, press F10 to save and exit and repeatedly tap F12 and see if you can boot from the UEFI Windows 8.1 USB Installer.
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
 
Regards

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Hello guys,
First of all my english can be sux,Sorry for that i hope i can tell my problem properly.

Last days, I installed Hackintosh to my pc, and i did some efi changes for Hackintosh. After i bored and deleted hackintosh part. Than now i cant start my computer with uefi.When i open ''Enable CSM'' its starting but ;its starting like this. It was starting no intel and windows 8 circle was spining under asus logo.
An there is another problem when i Disable Csm, There is no add boot section ; How can i turn back to my orginal settings ? Please help me, i asked all of my friends but no one to help me.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Booting with UEFI Problem.

You would need to reinstall Windows 8. It should fix the MBR during the install. If not. Try this to see if it works. https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

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Hi

On this new laptop which appears to have UEFI and Legacy BIOS settings, setting UEFI settings to boot from DVD or USB first in order to run a bootable format disc to preformat before a clean install has thrown an error message that ..."boot from [xx device] failed." This was with the GParted.iso installed on disc or USB.

I did not touch the Legacy BIOS boot order just the UEFI boot order as information given suggested that the UEFI takes precedence.

In the end I formatted using the windows installation iso and format tool, booting from USB which worked. But this has meant that I get the windows recovery partitions that I was trying to avoid. Having got here, I think I will leave it like that as it probably makes sense and I suppose windows will probably run better with them? This has got rid of the additional HP partitions and crapware which is also what I was trying to achieve.

Just wanting to know for future reference, if I do want to boot from DVD or USB on this laptop OTHER THAN with windows installation .iso, how would I do it?

Thanks again in advance.

Answer:UEFI laptop, booting from DVD or USB fails

But this has meant that I get the windows recovery partitions that I was trying to avoid.



Hi, assuming you mean the 450Mb Recovery partition, you should keep that. That is for- guess what- recovery. Without that you have no Advanced troubleshooting options or automatic recovery. It's small- so you gain nothing worthwhile by not having it.

You could have removed all the additional stuff that came with your laptop without doing a clean install, and partition managers allow deleting the recovery partition.

Does your DVD boot up successfully on a different PC? Is there some chance it was not burnt successfully?

You may wish to check with your manufacturer about booting from a DVD. For example, on mine, I have to hit F7 to display the appropriate boot menu. Yes, F7. That was unexpected. And the option to select the DVD drive is described in a totally obscure way.

(Laptop = Toshiba Tecra A11 if anyone's familiar with it)

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First of all thanks for the excellent guide.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

I have a few questions regarding the Windows 10 installation in UEFI mode:

I read in a couple of websites that for the installation and boot to be in "full" UEFI mode the option CSM must be disabled, can someone confirm this?

I have a GeForce GTX 460 which does not have the necessary GOP feature to have a UEFI boot, can i turn on the CSM option for a Legacy boot despite having Windows 10 installed in UEFI mode?

Can i format (in GPT mode) and partion my hard drive prior to the Windows 10 setup? Would i still need to delete all partions in the Windows setup to get the 4 partitions necessary for the UEFI installation? Or will they automatically appear since the hard drive was previously formated in GTP mode?

Thanks in advance and sorry for the bad english.

Answer:few questions regarding the Windows 10 installation in UEFI mode

Need some Clarification....
1. The OS you are updating from (7 or 8.1)
2. The Current Boot (UEFI secure boot On/Off or Legacy)
3. Sata Operation mode in BIOS (AHCI or anything else)

If running win8 or 8.1, no changes are needed to be made in BIOS while updating
If running 7 thing go a bot trickier..

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Hey everyone. Fist post

So I'm in the process of getting my system upgrade-ready for Windows 10 and I would appreciate if anyone could clear up some of my questions. It's the first time I will attempt an actual "upgrade" instead of a clean install. Let's see:

1) UEFI
Currently my Win7 installation is Legacy-BIOS mode. Does that mean the upgrade will default at that? Or will it somehow prompt me for a UEFI install? Given the two use different file systems, could that even be possible without a clean installation or converting afterwards? Would it make more sense to convert Win7 to UEFI prior upgrading? I do want to switch to UEFI, just trying to figure out the best way. Is there any tool that automates the procedure for the conversion, or do I have to manually backup, format in GPT, then restore?

2) Compatibility
That little GWX icon is telling me all is fine and dandy and that I'm good to go, but I'm a little hesitant. What is that thing looking for exactly? I'm pretty convinced that programs that interfere with built-in operations will become fubar. I'm talking about stuff like teracopy, proccess hacker, etc. Won't these be broken? And if so, could they possibly break Windows itself? Should I uninstall them? And how good would you think those tasks are in Win10? Am I better off without third party programs or is it still very basic?

3) Drivers
Will I need to re-install my drivers? If yes, will the old installations somehow end up being there but crippled? Am ... Read more

Answer:Few questions about upgrading from Windows 7, UEFI and compatibility.

Does your system have an EFI firmware? If not, then the EFI question is moot.

There's always a chance that something will be broken in an upgrade. Typically, you would just reinstall that application. You don't have to worry about things breaking the OS, since Microsoft only migrates apps they know are safe.

As for drivers, Windows 10 has new drivers for most things. You may have to re-install drivers for exotic things, but most of your general hardware should be supported out of the box.

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Hi all,

This is my situation:
Running Windows 10 x64 on a UEFI-system.Trying to install Windows 7 x64 on a VHD for dual booting (such as in http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/win...8-using-a-vhd/)

I running into troubles that I think are having to do with UEFI. Secure boot is disabled.

I've tried these things:

Situation 1:
Create a bootable USB using Rufus (GPT partition)When booting I get this error.

Situation 2:
Mount the VHD.Manually install Windows 7 using Dism /apply-image command.Add bootfilesAdd entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).When booting I get a black screen (nothing else, even ''starting Windows'' does not occur).

So currently I have no idea what to do next. Could anyone give me assistance?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Problems dual booting Windows 7/10 (UEFI?)

Hi,






Add entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).



That's what's caused it. So, yes it is UEFI related and GPT related too.

Cheers,

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After installing a round of usual updates (Microsoft Security updates, Virus definition updates), my computer asked to restart so it could finish applying the updates. Nothing suspicious there, as this is pretty normal. However, when it restarted, my computer booted to the motherboard's UEFI (ASRock motherboard) for whatever reason. I just selected "Save Changes and Exit" to continue booting into Windows. However, now my computer goes into the UEFI every time it starts up. How do I make it go directly to Windows again?

Answer:Computer is now booting to the UEFI instead of directly to Windows

  
Quote: Originally Posted by arrowM


After installing a round of usual updates (Microsoft Security updates, Virus definition updates), my computer asked to restart so it could finish applying the updates. Nothing suspicious there, as this is pretty normal. However, when it restarted, my computer booted to the motherboard's UEFI (ASRock motherboard) for whatever reason. I just selected "Save Changes and Exit" to continue booting into Windows. However, now my computer goes into the UEFI every time it starts up. How do I make it go directly to Windows again?


Welcome to Sevenforums,

An update might have changed/reset the way in Bios the primary disk boot. Check in your Bios settings for disk options if its set to AHCI, IDE, or RAID mode.

Choose AHCI if you're not doing any RAID0/1/5/10

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It might be worth it to make a sticky referencing the Windows 7 tutorial for creating USB flash installation media, specifically the part 11 about moving the EFI files around. I have been bashing my head trying to figure out why my laptop refuses to acknowledge ANY USB Media (never tried CDs) and the conclusion I came to was that my laptop had booting from USB disabled, NOT that the ISO still doesn't have working boot files when flashed with Rufus.

It would've been nice to know before caving and upgrading (and subsequently downgrading) my Windows 8.1 install.

I am sorry that I'm ranting about this, but I honestly did try searching the problems and such, and not finding anything I assumed that it was a problem with my specific hardware.

I'm sure it is obvious where to find it, but it would be nice if in the installation and setup forum there is a sticky with links to relevant tutorials (such as setting up dual-boot, making a USB flash drive, installing the TP in a virtual machine)

Answer:Booting USB installation media on a UEFI system.

I am going to try tomorrow morning and see whether I could install Win10TP with the bootable USB drive, I always use the DVD but would like to try the USB disk.

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How do I set my BIOS to have the DVD boot and install Windows 10 in UEFI mode? I do see a setting on my Asus motherboard UEFI "CSM Compatability" and in there are three options:
UEFI and Legacy OPROM
Legacy OPROM only
UEFI only

Do I select UEFI only option here?

What is the benefit of installing in UEFI vs Legacy? All I understand is that the system sets up more partitions.

Answer:Booting a Win 10 DVD in UEFi Mode for Windows installation

Anyone? :-)

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard (on a bootable USB) to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up again on the minitool wizard USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting to windows & have not been able to get into windows since.

I've gone through the BIOS, tried disabling secure boot, swapping between UEFI First and Legacy First, but cannot get the windows dvd (I've tried the windows 8.1 dvd (don't have the repair disc)) to see the partitions or even refresh or reset, it gives the error "the drive where windows is installed is locked" or "unable to reset your pc. a required drive partition is missing", but the minitool wizard sees the partitions just fine. I've tried several discs such as hiren's cd just to try to get to a GUI (mini windows) but always get a bluescreen (trying to load the GUI). I tried GParted, also no luck.

I tried the System recovery from the Novo Button Menu, but all I get is "Default boot device missing or boot failed" it then demands installation media which I already know won't help with recovery.

Would it be right to assume (since at least some tools can see the partitions) that it is simply a problem with how the partition table is being identified? If that's the case, is there any softw... Read more

Answer:Partition resized, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

I always recommend a person do a complete disk image using Macrium or Aoemi before moving partitions but that being said see this page. If you can get to a command prompt using the Windows install disk use the diskpart commands shown. If it does not work then I think you are looking at a reinstall.

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Hello notebook "HP EliteBook 8570w Workstation" not auto booting from UEFI mSATA SSD.How can I change the BIOS to boot notebook from the UEFI mSATA SSD?Now I have to manually select the file bootx64.efi

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Hi,I am currently trying to install Ubuntu alongside my windows installation but have had with no success. The issue is that I am trying to make a UEFI Ubuntu installation but I can't get the USB to boot at all. I have made the bootable USB using Rufus 2.15 with the following settings:Partition scheme: UEFI GPTFilesystem: Fat32ISO image: 64 bit version of Ubuntu 16.04 (written as ISO image, not DD)Regarding my BIOS settings I have turned off secure boot, USB ports are always turned on, USB boot is enabled, CSM/Legacy is off. Furthermore I have turned off fastboot in Windows.Trying to boot via USB-FDD, USB-CD or USB-HDD does not work, it just proceeds and initializes the Windows operating system. Therefore I would like to hear if any of you have had any success dual booting a UEFI Ubuntu installation alongside your Windows installation. Help would very much be appreciated.Thanks in advance/Rvillebro

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Hello,I have a Lenovo G475 laptop and I would like to know how to enable the (U)EFI mode in the BIOS menu and is it possible to access advanced features?I want to UEFI boot an operating system.InsydeH2OBIOS Version: 41CN24WW(V2.00)EC Version:   41EC24WW(V2.00)Thank you.

Answer:UEFI Booting/ Enabling BIOS Features

hi lks1981,

Welcome to the Lenovo Community.

The Lenovo G475 only have the old Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) and doesn't have a UEFI as an additional option. Until such time Lenovo allows flashing of the BIOS to convert it to UEFI, you can't yet enable this option.

If you want to transform the BIOS to UEFI (to allow booting from HDD's larger than 2TB and up to 128 partitions or mix MBR with GPT type partitions) , you can try to use Developer's UEFI Environment (DUET), you can find more info here - http://tinyurl.com/d9owxqr

Hope this helps.

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Hi

I have a system recently converted to UEFI using MBR2GPT. Today I created a bootable DVD using Kyhi's Recovery Tools ISO and want to run it up to find out exactly what I've got and how it works. Snag is I can't boot up from CD or DVD - my system just hangs.

I've done some searching on the internet and find that I have to disable Secure Boot in the UEFI firmware. I can't, I haven't got that option - although I have been told that Secure Boot will only appear if I have UEFI Only selected. It doesn't, I've checked. What I do have, however, is a setting called Storage Boot Option Control with the options Disabled, UEFI Only, Legacy Only, Legacy First and UEFI First - in that order. Does that mean anything to anyone? It's a Gigabyte Z97P-D3 mobo. When I converted to UEFI I made no changes (under advice) to my mobo firmware which is set to UEFI and Legacy - the other options are UEFI Only and Legacy Only.

When it comes to the boot sequence, first in the list is Windows Boot Manager followed by the disk model - the CD/DVD reader is second. Swapping them around just results in a flashing cursor on the screen.

My question therefore is: just how do I get my PC to boot from CD or DVD? I have a strong feeling that NavyLCDR would say I should use BCDboot with the ALL switch to copy both the UEFI and BIOS files to the System Reserved partition since currently I only have the files for UEFI in there as far as I am aware. Certainly its only around 10.6MB at present whereas BIOS files... Read more

Answer:Booting from WinPE CD/DVD Whilst in UEFI Mode

Originally Posted by TraceyW


Hi

I have a system recently converted to UEFI using MBR2GPT. Today I created a bootable DVD using Kyhi's Recovery Tools ISO and want to run it up to find out exactly what I've got and how it works. Snag is I can't boot up from CD or DVD - my system just hangs.

I've done some searching on the internet and find that I have to disable Secure Boot in the UEFI firmware. I can't, I haven't got that option - although I have been told that Secure Boot will only appear if I have UEFI Only selected. It doesn't, I've checked. What I do have, however, is a setting called Storage Boot Option Control with the options Disabled, UEFI Only, Legacy Only, Legacy First and UEFI First - in that order. Does that mean anything to anyone? It's a Gigabyte Z97P-D3 mobo. When I converted to UEFI I made no changes (under advice) to my mobo firmware which is set to UEFI and Legacy - the other options are UEFI Only and Legacy Only.

When it comes to the boot sequence, first in the list is Windows Boot Manager followed by the disk model - the CD/DVD reader is second. Swapping them around just results in a flashing cursor on the screen.

My question therefore is: just how do I get my PC to boot from CD or DVD? I have a strong feeling that NavyLCDR would say I should use BCDboot with the ALL switch to copy both the UEFI and BIOS files to the System Reserved partition since currently I only have the files for UEFI in there as far as I am aware. Certainly its o... Read more

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Hi all,

This is my situation:
Running Windows 10 x64 on a UEFI-system.Trying to install Windows 7 x64 on a VHD for dual booting (such as in http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/win...8-using-a-vhd/)

I running into troubles that I think are having to do with UEFI. Secure boot is disabled.

I've tried these things:

Situation 1:
Create a bootable USB using Rufus (GPT partition)When booting I get this error.

Situation 2:
Mount the VHD.Manually install Windows 7 using Dism /apply-image command.Add bootfilesAdd entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).When booting I get a black screen (nothing else, even ''starting Windows'' does not occur).

So currently I have no idea what to do next. Could anyone give me assistance?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Problems dual booting Windows 7/10 (UEFI?)

Hi,






Add entry in Boot Loader (using EasyBCD).



That's what's caused it. So, yes it is UEFI related and GPT related too.

Cheers,

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Hi,

I'm trying to make a Windows To Go image for my PC repair business using Rufus and a Windows 10 Pro ISO from MS Techbench. It boots perfectly fine on most computers except one. The computer I am trying to boot off is running Windows 8.1 with a UEFI bios. It's got a weird "EFI File Navigator" which is a pain in my rear end. When I try booting from it, it gives me an error. A picture of which is attached.


Any ideas?

Thanks.

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!
 

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My win8 is currently installed in MBR. If I want to change to GPT from MBR, must I do clean install?

Answer:About UEFI booting; Is clean install required?

Short answer. Yes.

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Partition resize, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

Just to update, I've gone through the BIOS, tried disabling secure boot, swapping between UEFI First and Legacy First, but cannot get the windows dvd (I've tried the windows 8.1 dvd (don't have the repair disc)) to see the partitions or even refresh or reset, it gives the error "the drive where windows is installed is locked" or "unable to reset your pc. a required drive partition is missing", but the minitool wizard sees the partitions just fine. I've tried several discs such as hiren's cd just to try to get to a GUI (mini windows) but always get a bluescreen (trying to load the GUI). I tried GParted, also no luck.

I tried the System recovery from the Novo Button Menu, but all I get is "Default boot device missing or boot failed" it then demands installation media which I already know won't help with recovery.
Would it be right to assume (since at least some tools can see the partitions)
that it is simply a problem with how the partition table is being identified? If that's the case, is there any software tool that can correct it?
I'd rather fix the problem than reload the whole thing (but it looks like I'll end up doing just that), any ideas?

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Hi all,

Ok, I have a new lenovo ideapad 305 (system is UEFI boot), I used minitool partition wizard to resize the c: & d: drives (to increase space on the D) but didn't touch anything else, rebooted into windows & it seemed nothing had changed, so I booted
up by USB and the partitions were exactly what I had changed them to. Thinking this was really weird, I tried rebooting & have not been able to get into windows since.
I have tried recovery through the windows 8.1 cd but it does not recognise the partitions at all! So I can't even use diskpart or the like, I have tried several boot recovery tools, some see the partitions & some don't, so I guess I need to make the partitions
UEFI-enabled? I'm not fully savvy with UEFI & I've tried every piece of advice I could find, but i'm stuck, any clues?

Thanks for any help!

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So I bought a WD Green 3TB and made two partitions > 40Gb and the rest as second partition. Since the second partition is more than 2.2 TB I had to partition entire drive with GPT.

I was not able to install windows 8.1 from a flash drive on it. Later I realized I had to enable EFI from BIOS, which I did but the BIOS had no option of enabling EFI Boot from USB HDD,

only CD/DVD.

Does this mean I will not be able to install windows on a GPT partition with a USB flash drive or am I missing something?

Anyone using windows on GPT partition installed with a flash drive?

Thanks.
 

Answer:UEFI, Windows 8.1, 3TB and booting from flash drive.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

Try option 2.
 

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Can a HP Notebook AY503TX supports UEFI Boot?Because i am going to do more than 4 primary partitions and hence i need GPT partition scheme. Hence does these model support UEFI booting?

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Hi,

I'm trying to make a Windows To Go image for my PC repair business using Rufus and a Windows 10 Pro ISO from MS Techbench. It boots perfectly fine on most computers except one. The computer I am trying to boot off is running Windows 8.1 with a UEFI bios. It's got a weird "EFI File Navigator" which is a pain in my rear end. When I try booting from it, it gives me an error. A picture of which is attached.


Any ideas?

Thanks.

Answer:Windows 10 To Go Image not booting on Computer with UEFI

Convert the partition to FAT32?

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First of all good day everyone! I have some question to ask after telling you the situation and I will put it with numerical order below.

I have a system running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a A6 6400k processor and MSI A88XM-E35 Motherboard which I think capable of running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit UEFI? And recently I figured out that if that board is UEFI ready, I did installed my Operating System wrong way if I want UEFI. That's because before I bought the Motherboard I was just learned that almost all new motherboard in the market today are capable of a features called FAST BOOT and don't know much about different installation on this new system called UEFI. So when I was installing my Operating System which is Windows Ultimate 7 64 bit, I installed it in traditional way which is booting it from flash drive that I created from winsetupfromusb 1.0 beta 8 and it was formatted also from NTFS and I did not realized that only Fat32 is supported. Then after that I installed drivers from driver pack solution 14.8 but I observed the features fast boot I was looking for looks like not functioning because when I boot the system and observed the time it used when booting is just the same. So I went to my motherboard manufacturers website and saw the Utility driver for Fast Boot Features and installed it but after that I realized the same thing it's not working. That's why I search around the Internet and learned all these things.

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Answer:Some questions about Installing UEFI and data created in the past

Boot into BIOS setup to look for settings for Secure Boot to disable, CSM, Legacy BIOS or UEFI. Report back settings choices for any of those, or similar. Pictures can help.

Download the latest official 64-bit installer for your licensed version from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 but use only Option One here to write it to stick: UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows.

Boot the stick as a UEFI device from the BIOS Boot Menu, following these steps for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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I plan on running the BIOS in UEFI only mode and with a GPT formatted SSD drive. I have a couple questions about this setup.I have been playing around with an old 60 HDD formatting it GPT and also putting the BIOS is UEFI only mode. My first question is should I leave the SSD drive as a simple disk or change it to dynamic? The other question is: I noticed when I loaded Win7 SP1 x64 on my 60gig HDD while in UEFI/GPT mode the install took a whopping 35gigs of space!! Is this normal for a Windows 7 install to use so much disk space on a GPT disk? Something just doesn't seem right, but maybe it's correct. I let Windows do the formatting of the drive during setup.Anyway, any insight would be greatly appreciated!thanks!Paul

Answer:W520: Clean WIN7 install w/ UEFI and GPT Questions

I have two identical W520 systems sitting side by side.  i7-2920XM, 16GB RAM, and 500GB 7200rpm HDD.  On both of them I installed Win7 ultimate 64-bit from Microsoft DVD - one in legacy mode and the other in UEFI, and Windows created all of the partitions automatically starting from a completely clean HDD.  then I installed lenovo-specific drivers and Windows update, repeat until everything is installed.  I have a couple benchmark tools installed as well but they are small.
 
After the install, the legacy system has 415GB free of 465GB (according to windows).  The UEFI system has 414GB free of 465GB.  The difference is the extra partition that UEFI needs to boot. 
 
As far as boot times, the UEFI system boots about 1/2 second faster (24 seconds vs 23.5 seconds), according to the Microsoft Velocity test tool.  In my opinion, it is statistically insignificant.
 
The only thing a UEFI installation is going to give you today, is frustration when you can't make the fingerprint software or bitlocker work.  We don't have fixes for those issues yet.  See the following link for more info and FAQ.
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/General-Discussion-Knowledge/What-is-UEFI-and-when-was-it-introduced-on-...

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OK, here's the deal... I've cloned the HDD onto an SSD, but I can't get it to boot.-- keep getting a notice to install the OS.  I know the clone is (should be) ok, because this is the SEVENTH SSD I've cloned over the past three weeks.  The only difference with this one is that it has the UEFI interface (with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit), and for some reason it won't recognize the OS on the SSD. The UEFI is set for: "Legacy Boot with Secure Boot disabled" (when booting either drive).The original drive is MBR.  I tried cloning the drive as MBR and GPT, but neither will boot.I tried cloning a different SSD to make sure it wasn't the SSD.I tried disabling the "UEFI Boot order"  (by unchecking it), but that didn't do anything. What I did notice was... When the original HDD is installed the UEFI BOOT MENU shows the drive in the list TWICE, once as UEFI (#2), and once as Legacy (#4) (with DVDRW as UEFI #1, and Legacy #3, then Boot from file as #5). HOWEVER, when the SSD is installed, the only option it gives me is UEFI.  If I DISABLE (uncheck the option) for the "UEFI Boot order", all it will show is the Legacy CDRW in the Boot Menu. I remembered having a similar problem with about a year ago on my own Windows 10 laptop having the same issue when installing a cloned SSD and then I was able to use the Windows Repair to fix it.  So I created a Windows 7 repair disk (CD), but it won't boot from the disk (it just comes to a blank screen--I've f... Read more

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So basically back in the days a simple as F8 boots you to safe mode or F12 could bring up boot menu where you could boot from a flash drive or an optical disc , use a tool like hirens boot cd to undo the mess or just do a windows upgrade and you are good .

Now what's the new trend as UEFI bioses just lock you out from both bios and boot menus unless you legitimately pick those from inside OS menus , a friend had his windows 10 falling into some boot loop and all i could think of was to unscrew the hard drive and work on it externally , is that the trend really or am i missing something ?

Answer:How to access/fix a non booting Windows 10 on a laptop with UEFI bios?

Originally Posted by nIGHTmAYOR


So basically back in the days a simple as F8 boots you to safe mode or F12 could bring up boot menu where you could boot from a flash drive or an optical disc , use a tool like hirens boot cd to undo the mess or just do a windows upgrade and you are good .

Now what's the new trend as UEFI bioses just lock you out from both bios and boot menus unless you legitimately pick those from inside OS menus , a friend had his windows 10 falling into some boot loop and all i could think of was to unscrew the hard drive and work on it externally , is that the trend really or am i missing something ?



It can be tricky getting to Bios if UEFI, particularly if fast boot is enabled.

There are several tricks to force getting to bios

1) See if bios has jumper settings you can change to make it boot to bios

2) Remove CMOS battery which often forces a jump to bios to reset date/time

3) Remove hard drive, and boot with a windows 10 installation flash drive or dvd inserted. As it will not detect hdd, it will boot from usb drive or dvd next, and using repair options, you can get to the bios via the repair menus. This is probably easiest to try first.

Once you get to bios, you can set boot order to boot from usb drive or dvd first. Then replace hdd and boot from flash drive or dvd. I always set the boot order to boot from flash drive first on any new pc, so I do not get caught.

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I have installed Windows 10 pro on my self built PC using an Asus Z170-A motherboard. I used a USB in UEFI mode made using the Windows media creation tool. Motherboard BIOS updated.

I have these drives:

N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G has GPT partitions
P5: WDC WD40EZRZ-00WN9B0
P6: ASUS BW-161HT

Sometimes they show up in the boot order in the UEFI bios other times not depending whether I have CSM or Secure Boot set. Whatever shows it boots OK as long as Windows Boot Manager is there.

Sometimes just "Windows Boot Manager" shows. Once I saw Windows Boot Manager (N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G)

I never have seen the drives as:
UEFI: N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G (has GPT partitions OK)
UEFI: P5: WDC WD40EZRZ-00WN9B0
UEFI: P6: ASUS BW-161HT
Should I see these? What should I see?

What settings should I have for CSM and Secure Boot?

Any help much appreciated.

Philip

Answer:Confused - am I booting in UEFI properly - msinfo32 shows I am but..?

The only time I see UEFI in front of a boot option is when I'm trying to boot from my install media. My boot entry for Windows 10 just shows Windows Boot Manager (Crucial_Ct.......

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I have installed Windows 10 pro on my self built PC using an Asus Z170-A motherboard. I used a USB in UEFI mode made using the Windows media creation tool. Motherboard BIOS updated.

I have these drives:

N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G has GPT partitions
P5: WDC WD40EZRZ-00WN9B0
P6: ASUS BW-161HT

Sometimes they show up in the boot order in the UEFI bios other times not depending whether I have CSM or Secure Boot set. Whatever shows it boots OK as long as Windows Boot Manager is there.

Sometimes just "Windows Boot Manager" shows. Once I saw Windows Boot Manager (N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G)

I never have seen the drives as:
UEFI: N1-Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256G (has GPT partitions OK)
UEFI: P5: WDC WD40EZRZ-00WN9B0
UEFI: P6: ASUS BW-161HT
Should I see these? What should I see?

What settings should I have for CSM and Secure Boot?

Any help much appreciated.

Philip

Answer:Confused - am I booting in UEFI properly - msinfo32 shows I am but..?

The only time I see UEFI in front of a boot option is when I'm trying to boot from my install media. My boot entry for Windows 10 just shows Windows Boot Manager (Crucial_Ct.......

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New Windows 7 install on a computer with only one hard drive. However, I now have another HDD with data on it that I need to plug into my SATA port on my motherboard. Once I plug this other hard drive into the motherboard I am no longer able to boot into windows. When it boots it now takes me to a black screen saying that it can not find the boot device. Once I unplug the new HDD it boots just fine. I'm assuming this has to do with my Windows 7 HDD being given a different ID from Disk 0 to Disk 1. an easy fix would be to change the order of where my Hard Drives are plugged into the SATA ports on the motherboard. The issue is that I can not do this because the Windows 7 Disk is a SATA III 6Gb/s so i need/want it to be installed on the SATA III 6Gb/s Ports and the 2nd Disk is a SATA III 3 Gb/s drive so I can't install it on the 6 Gb/s ports on the motherboard. On my Motherboard it seems to order the SATA III 3Gb/s drives first on the Drive order and the SATA III 6Gb/s at the end of the disk ordering. So, right now what I believe I need to do is Change my EFI/bootloader to point to the new Drive 1 location instead of the old Drive 0 location. Normally this isn't hard with MBR because you would just go to Boot.ini and change it there with no problem. However, I am unsure how to do that with EFI boot stuff and I have not found the specific solution to do this through searching the internet yet.

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Answer:Windows 7 UEFI/bootmanager stops booting after 2nd HDD installed

Have you tried booting into safe mode to see if you can get to windows or you could also try to select the proper boot selection before booting to windiows via boot media selector on my computer when i start computer i have to hit f8 repetedly until it ask me what device i want to boot. These are not solutions just something to try to see if windows will boot with other harddrive at all. Also did other hard drive have a copy of windows installed on it or was it purely a data drive

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"The UEFI secure boot protocol is part of recent UEFI specification releases. It permits one or more signing keys to be installed into a system firmware. Once enabled, secure boot prevents executables or drivers from being loaded unless they're signed by one of these keys. Another set of keys (Pkek) permits communication between an OS and the firmware. An OS with a Pkek matching that installed in the firmware may add additional keys to the whitelist. Alternatively, it may add keys to a blacklist. Binaries signed with a blacklisted key will not load"
Read the rest: mjg59 | UEFI secure booting

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Hi there. I've built a brand new HTPC and it has UEFI BIOS on it. I've tried to install Windows 7 with USB drive that I've made UEFI bootable with Rufus, but it gives me blue screen everytime after Windows goes from "Windows files are loading" screen to a Windows logo animation. The hard drive that I'm using is set to MBR, (I know that I should set it to GPT for UEFI installation). I don't want to have a UEFI version of Windows in my system anymore. How do I install legacy version of Windows 7 from USB stick on UEFI BIOS capable PC with HDD using MBR?

Answer:How to prevent Windows 7 installation from booting in UEFI mode?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Enter your bios and go to Advanced and boot and disable secure boot,
If there is no option to disable secure boot look for OS Type and switch to Other os
After installing Microsoft Update KB3133977 for Windows 7, some users may encounter a "Secure Boot Violation" , which makes the system fail to boot into the operating system.

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hi folks, do you know how to boot a dvd in legacy-mode (without UEFI)? my lenovo B570 UEFI has very little options, so i assume the other options (e.g. booting in legacy mode) are hidden somewhere. i also found a guide from lenovo for the thinkpad series, but the option (see step 3) clearly is missing with my notebook. any ideas?? thank you very much in advance.. -benni

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Good day,

I have an Asus Z68 mainboard with UEFI-BIOS. Windows 7 Professional 64bit is installed in UEFI mode on a GPT partitioned drive (SSD). It worked flawlessly.

Now I added my second, old harddrive, that is still MBR formatted.
Windows won't start anymore, instead I am seeing "Windows is loading files", then a blinking cursor, and that's all.

I have two options in BIOS regarding boot priority:
1) I can boot from the SSD as primary priority
2) I can select an option called "Windows Boot loader", I think this refers to the UEFI boot code that Windows wrote to the UEFI.

If I select the first option, I get the "Windows is loading files screen" and then the "Windows has detected a startup error, do you want to repair the system startup" screen. If I select "Start Windows normally", I get a blinking cursor and then nothing. If I select "Repair startup", I see "Windows is loading files", and then again the "Startup repair screen". It is an endless loop.

If I select the second option, I get "Windows is loading files", then a blinking cursor, and nothing more.

Is there any way to get my Windows to boot again without disconnecting or re-partitioning the old harddrive?

Note that the old harddrive is NOT for booting, as it is just a datastore.

Philipp

Answer:UEFI Booting of GPT partition doesn't work after 2nd HDD was added

Philip,

Have you checked that the BIOS is not trying to RAID your 2 devices, your should find that in Integrated Peripherals (or something similar) in the BIOS

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Hi,
I already have a desktop computer (specs are below) with Windows 7 installed in it and I was interested in upgrading it to a "Triple Monitor Gaming Setup" with a powerful "Graphic Video Card" (E.g: AMD Radeon R9 Series or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti) so that I'm able to play any recent Games on it! The sizes of PC Monitors I want to get are 27 inches!

Now, I have a few questions, here they're:
#1) With the Desktop Computer that I have at the moment, what "parts" do I need to upgrade in order to have a "Triple Monitor Gaming Setup"?
#2) What Monitor brand do you suggest?
#3)Concerning the Monitor, can you please explained to me what the "ms" mean and is it really important? (For example, some led TV are 5Ms and other are 2Ms!!)
#4) I have been told that with a "Triple Monitor Setup", it's not worth buying three monitors that have a higher resolution than 1080p (E.g: 2560x1440) due to the simple fact that most PC Games don't support such a high resolution! Is it actually true?
Thanks in advance and I would appreciate any suggestion,
Yannik; )

Here Are Some Upgrade Parts I Think I Will Need:
- Graphic Video Card:
AMD RADEON: (E.g: R9 SERIES: [R9 295X2], [R9 290X], [R9 280X] and [R9 270X])
----VS.----
NVIDIA GEFORCE: (E.g: GTX 780 Ti) OR (GTX TITAN, GTX TITAN Black and GTX TITAN Z)
- Triple Monitors Mount Stand - Up to 27" or 28"
- Three Monitors 27" or 28": Any Brand (Ac... Read more

Answer:Questions related to Building A "Triple Monitor Setup"?

1) Just your GPU unless you have something like a 500w PSU
2) Asus gets my vote every day of the week
3) Ms refers to the response time in terms of milliseconds. The lower the number the better.
4) Going higher than 1080p may cause you to run into the limitations of the GPU as it has to render 3 images at 1920x1080 for all intensive purposes thats the best part of 6k! But a 780ti 4gb will handle this fine, a 3gb version may struggle on the more demanding titles that are very Vram intensive.

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Answer:Lunascape : All in One browser with Triple Engine and Triple Add-on

I've heard of it, but never bothered to use it nor will I ever.
 

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===========DELL BIOS==============
In many situation, i have to boot to WinPE in uefi mode with legacy support to repair something
i would like to see the uefi boot line in this picture
but when i create a usb boot with a hiden fat32 partition in my usb, i cant see this line? what wrong with my usbi have try to setup MBR and PBR by bootice but nothing change
can someone teach me how to create 2 hiden fat32 partition to boot in this caseaddition
in legacy mode, i use plop boot manager so i can choose with partition to boot but in uefi i cant do this
i want my laptop can automatically recognize my fat32 partition
thanks

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===========DELL BIOS==============
In many situation, i have to boot to WinPE in uefi mode with legacy support to repair something
i would like to see the uefi boot line in this picture
but when i create a usb boot with a hiden fat32 partition in my usb, i cant see this line? what wrong with my usbi have try to setup MBR and PBR by bootice but nothing change
can someone teach me how to create 2 hiden fat32 partition to boot in this caseaddition
in legacy mode, i use plop boot manager so i can choose with partition to boot but in uefi i cant do this
i want my laptop can automatically recognize my fat32 partition
thanks

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So for the last 4 years I have played with linux installs on and off. But something I ALWAYS encounter, is when I eventually get tired of linux (from not being able to play my games), during the removal process I always screw up my bootloader then struggle to fix it. Is there something I can do prior to this that will help?

I'm only interested in UEFI mode anymore since if I use windows it is w10.

If I create a system image of that drive with windows, could I just do windows recovery and get back that drive erasing whatever was on it prior? Would this also set the windows bootloader as the primary?

For example , I want to play with VFIO. First, I want to preserve my virgin windows 10 install on my ssd via a system image. Then I want to wipe it and install ubuntu and then create a VM within Ubuntu running w10. If this all goes south could I wipe the ssd and use the system image to revert back to where I started?

Answer:Safely dual booting linux without corrupting Win. bootloader? (UEFI)

We recommend Macrium Reflect Free and creating a Macrium Reflect rescue drive:
Macrium Reflect Free

It will let you make a backup image of your SSD, and you can restore the entire SSD from the image, or just a damaged EFI System partition. Also when you boot from the Macrium Rescue drive, under the restore menu will be a utility to Fix Windows startup problems which is very good at repairing the EFI System partition and BCD.

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Hi, again...the W520 BIOS seems to have a bug. I've tested it via several Notebooks and PC's and it's the ONLY one NOT starting. I'm using a GPT-partitioned Harddrive WITHOUT UEFI (which is absoluetly legal). The BIOS seems to check the boot flags and wont go furher after boot-select screen showing all present connected drivers. Other drivers (not GPT-partitioned) work fine on W520. The main questions here are: WHY IS THE BIOS CHECKING HARD-DRIVE-BOOT FLAGS??? and WHEN IS THIS GOING TO BE FIXED ON W520-BIOS? I need my PC for work, I try to earn money here..

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This week, I encountered the following strange problem for which I haven't found a final solution so far, though I have found some bandaids. But having a complete solution -or at least a reason why this problem occurs- would be great:
I have a working installation of Windows 7 Professional x64 in UEFI mode. The main disk, SSD #1, contains the following partitions (using GPT): ESP, MSR, system, data. An additional disk, HD #2, with a single data partition (using MBR) is also attached to the system. With this setup, everything works fine.
Now, after adding another disk, HD #3, to the system -my old system disk (bootable, using MBR, one active primary partition and an extend partition with three logical disks)- Windows will no longer boots completely: The boot process begins, the Windows logo is shown. Then, a message is shown in text mode "Windows is loading files" with a loading bar. After a while the boot process stops and I am dropped into the EFI shell. After removing the offending HD #3, Windows boots normally again.

I tried removing HD #2 and only attaching HD #3 together with SSD #1, but this yielded the same problem. Using SSD #1 by itself works fine though. Booting from a Linux live-cd works without problems. All disks and partitions are found and can be mounted. There, I erased the disk signature from the offending HD #3 and now Windows was able to boot and also found all disks and partitions correctly. But after a reboot the same problem reappeared.

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Answer:Windows stops booting in UEFI mode after adding another hard drive

Has HD#3 any active partitions?
What happens if you boot with HD#3 attached only?
How did you erase the disk signature? As far as I know you can only update it

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I have my HD partitioned with 3 primary partitions.

It looks like this:

Partition 1 - Win 98
Partition 2 - Win 2000
Partition 3 - Win XP

When I installed each OS, I hid the other partitions during install. This way, I can boot each one if I hide the others. Now I have unhid them and edited the boot.ini of Windows XP to succesfully load XP and 2000.

However, I cannot seem to get it to load Windows 98.

Here's how it looks:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Windo ws XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Win 98" /fastdetect

Is there something special I have to do to boot Windows 98. As I said, I can hide XP and Windows 98 will boot fine.

Answer:Triple Boot Questions - boot.ini editing

I assume that the entry for XP under [operating systems] is meant to read ..disk(0)... not disk(1) if all your OS's are on the same drive.

Heres a copy of my boot.ini file, I also triple boot win98/2000/XP. Only difference is, I have win98 & 2000 on one hard drive & XP in the primary partition of the second hard drive.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microso ft Windows 2000 Server" /fastdetect
C:\="Microsoft Windows"

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i have windows 7 installed and i want to get windows 8 and ubuntu which are already on a separate hdd.

i had the hdd with windows 8 and ubuntu already dual boot on a separate desktop so i mounted it in the desktop with windows 7 and booted the computer, even though i force the ssd with windows 7 to boot i get to the ubuntu boot manager which i can choose to boot ubuntu or win 8 but not win 7. i disabled that hdd and could boot into win 7.

can i install or rearrange this boot system in bootmanager or a separate boot manager software?

i have a Silicon image SiI 3132 SATAlink controller that boots the 8 and 9th hdd.
its a extra pciex card in the computer on the motherboard.

Answer:triple booting windows 7, windows 8 and ubuntu

Does this PC have an EFI BIOS while the other one doesn't? If so then you'll need to enable CSM or Legacy BIOS to be able to boot the other HD or the image of Win8 you apply to the WIn7 hard drive and try to add to a Dual Boot using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)

Then if it won't start you'll need to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

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I am just wondering where can I find the list for approved minipci wireless network card or disable the UEFI lock for itI am trying to install Killer NIC N1103 on it""ERROR1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in Power off and remove the miniPCI network card.""One more thing is there anyway to disable the UEFI lock so I can boot from my Fedora live usb?

Answer:Thinkpad X130e AMD e300 approved minipci network card and UEFI preventing Fedoraliveusb from booting

Hello,
 
As far as I know, Lenovo offers no way to disable the whitelisting for MiniPCIe cards in the BIOS/UEFI firmware.
 
You may be able to find firmware that does this from a third-party, but I would imagine that installing it voids your warranty.  At least until Lenovo-provided firmware is reinstalled.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hello,

I am trying to make a bootable device for Acronis image restoration. I want to use a usb device. Is there any difference in booting functions for a USB FLASH DRIVE, USB HDD, or USB CD-ROM?

This will be used to restore 40 computers with the same image. These stations do not have an internal cd-rom or floppy drive. Acronis can build bootable cds and i already have one. is there any special formating required to use a flash drive or hdd via usb to load the restoration utilty?
 

Answer:USB Booting Questions

CD-ROM booting is radically different from booting floppies, network or hard drives. There is no way you can convert a bootable CD to something that boots off something else. Well, unless the CD actually contains a single floppy image and nothing else..

Why not simply get a USB CD-ROM drive and use that to boot?
 

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