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Partition resized, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

Question: Partition resized, Windows 8.1 not booting, UEFI

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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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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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!

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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I resized my c: and d: drives to allocate more space to the c: drive. When it finished and rebooted I was unable to use most of my programs. They would open only after giving me various error msg's. All of which stated to run chkdsk. I tried to ru chkdsk but it didn't work or rather would not run. I decided to reboot my latop and have it run chkdsk upon boot up. When it restarted I saw the ASUS screen, then the screen with the cursor in the top left and then a black screen. I have tried rebooting and pressing the F8, F10, F12, and F5 keys. None of which take me to the boot menu or anywhere for that matter.

I have created the recovery on a USB. But i have no way of getting my laptop to boot from the USB. I can also make a recovery cd but still have no way of making the laptop boot from the disk drive.

Any help? Thoughts?

Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 resized c: partition. Powers up and that's it.

Try hitting the delete key, repeatedly after a reboot.

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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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just says control alt delete to restart, disk read error

the files are all in tact, I removed the disk and put it in another computer... it just can't boot. any suggestions?
 

Answer:resized clusters via partition magic, now windows xp won't boot

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i used 'drive snapshot' software to resize the partition from 30gb to 15gb roughly. the program said it was possible, it said success. it happened exactly like this:

http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/resize.htm

but now in disk manager in win xp, it still says C: is 30gb, yet its 15gb at the same time. in diskpart i can't make another partition either. ARgh!


 

Answer:Resized a partition, but not quite? plz help

Uh,

I think if you format the main OS partition you have to do a full system dump in order for changes to take affect. It's what I had to do when I got my new PC.
 

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I have got similar probel like this.

I had 80 gb single partition with vista NTFS

then i resized it to 69GB NTFS + 2gbFAT(WINXP) + 7 gb spare
now I made 2nd partition active & installed xp and which is running perfectly

now i want to switch to vista [which i am unable to do]
another thing when i installed partition magic 8 it is unable to resize 2 gb partition of winxp...
shows alert

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Error
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Disk 1 (76316MB 10337c 240h 63s) appears to have partitions created using a different
drive geometry (255h 63s). This serious problem can lead to data loss.
No partition manipulations should be made to this disk using this
product or the operating system's products. You should back up
the data on this disk, delete all partitions, create new partitions under the new
drive geometry, and then restore your data using the backup.
---------------------------
OK
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Is it due to vista resized partition unable to detect in PM 8

how can i make vista bootable again?

how can i resize my partition from 2gb fat to 5 gb(FAT32)
Kindly reply
Amitdotchauhan gmail com
 

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Hello,

I have a samsung f3 of 500gb (465Gio)
Windows 10 64 family
I tryed to use kde partition manager to resize and move C: (ntfs partition 1 gpt)

I did a move to the right it was about 328.98 Mb in size. and kept 0 at C partition end.

Problem is i stopped process at 20%, now my C partition is raw.

Check disk is not working on it.
It does say something about first mft sector (on efi gpt disk ?) damaged.
Tryed second sector for ntfs if i remember but couldn't recover, damaged or something.

I have a kubuntu 15.10 live dvd 64bit, and used command: apt-get install testdisk.
Next i runed testdisk in kjonsole with sudo rights.

I would like an advice about what to do.
Before i closed kde partition, i saw a unallocated 328.98Mb space, and normal Ntfs C:

I launched it again, and it was Raw on C.

I will try to n ot touch the hard disk , if someone has a good advice, on how to use test disk, i can't do a screenshot of my partition table.

Thanks you very much.

ps i tryed to put efi then msr at start of hdd, and Recovery win Re at end of the system partition.

I didn't touched those partition yet, but i know i could done a copy of each to put them at start of the 328.98mb unnalocated space.

Oh i forgot a thing i sayd i didn't touch partitions, but i did it even if i known it should lead me to errors.
I tryed to convert in win re mode with fs tool my C: to ntfs (automatic windows repair trigered from win re partition) but i wanted to try.

Thank you very much in advance

Answer:Kde partition manager, resized and move C: raw now.

In dolphin i try to check folder of this disk, i have:
failed to open $MFT/$BITMAP: no such file or directory
Failed to load $MFT no such file or directory

In test disk i maybe did an error.
I loaded the disk with efi gpt, next ntfs, pressed advanced recover boot, and choosed the main mft because the mirror and main was not matching.

Maybe it was the mirror version i had to select.

Anyway now the c: partition is set as unformated if checking on kde disk manager.

I tryed ntFsdisk it find a ntfs partition, but ask me to go to windows and run chkdsk to fix the ntfs .

But even if i had important data on the hard drive, it's a good experience for me, i keep learning my way

And one thing:

Never stop a partition move to a way or another.
For me extand or grow a partition with windows 10 disk manager is totally safe.

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Hi.

I use EASEUS Partition Master 8.0.1 Home Edition on windows 7 sp1.

I have resized several times my different partions with no trouble.

But now i had increased one of my drives and now i can t acces and open it because of this error :

http://up.iranblog.com/images/q3butas4t6yrog2ae94.png

i can t format it because of the data in it and with any possible access to the drive, i have not enough space on my hard drive to copy data to another drive.

so, how can i with out formatting it, resolve the problem ?

thanks.

Answer:Alert to format the resized partition

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
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I have just resized the partitions on my daughter's PC with partition expert. The primary partition C: drive which was 20GB and very full was increased to 50 GB taking the space from a hardly used logical drive D: which now has a 25GB capacity. The resizing was 'Committed' and there are no operations outstanding. Partition manager shows the size of both partitions correctly. However, in Windows selecting 'My Computer' and then displaying the properties of each drive shows the D: drive correctly (25GB) but C: is still shown as 20GB. If I right click My Computer and select manage and then disk drives both drives are shown correctly in the visual (rectangular boxes) display but in the upper window C: shows as 20GB. I have rund chkdsk on both drives and there are no errors reported. Can anyone advise how I can get the resized C: drive to show the free space now assigned to it?

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I have this broken partition on my computer. If I open it in the disk administrator it says that it is formatted. The problem is that it isn't formatted correctly and that I can't read it, change it's properties or delete it. If I try to do anything with it the tool says that the file is not found.

I really want to delete it to get the space back. What can I do? The problem is likely that my harddrive has recorded somewhere that a partition exists while it in reality doesn't. Is there a way to make my computer realize that it is actually unallocated space?

Here's the eventlog error code: [email protected]

Answer:I have a broken partition that cannot be deleted, formatted or resized

You may need to use a 3rd party tool to delete the partition from outside of Windows.
Most folks here like Partition Wizard on a bootable CD (ISO file).
Free Partition Magic alternative, partition manager freeware, partition magic server, partition magic Windows 7 and free Partition Manager software for Windows 7/8/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.

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I have this broken partition on my computer. If I open it in the disk administrator it says that it is formatted. The problem is that it isn't formatted correctly and that I can't read it, change it's properties or delete it. If I try to do anything with it the tool says that the file is not found.

I really want to delete it to get the space back. What can I do? The problem is likely that my harddrive has recorded somewhere that a partition exists while it in reality doesn't. Is there a way to make my computer realize that it is actually unallocated space?

Answer:Broken partition cannot be deleted formatted or resized

Run Disk Check
What tool are you using? Use Disk Mgmt or Partition Wizard installed version to make use of its Check File System feature.

If it fails Then run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan.

Report back results.

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I accidentally resized the partition which has the lenovo drivers, i read on one post that when u resize that you cannot use the one key recovery, is there any way to revert this changes?













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:I accidentally resized the partition which has the lenovo drivers

You can still try creating Factory reset DVDs (you need 3 or more of these) using OKR in case you need to reset to factory defaults but once the partition is resized, resetting to factory defaults by booting to OKR won't work.





Lenovo Y470: i7-2670QM | 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM | Nvidia GeForce GT 550M | 500 GB 7200 RPM Seagate HDD | ASUS PCE-AC56 802.11ac Network Adapter | Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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Hello, I was doing some disk management but accidentally resized and formatted the EFI partition. I tried repairing using disk image but it wasn't able to fix it. so I installed
Windows 8.1 (same OS I was using) in an unallocated partition in the same disk. So right now I'm able to access my disks and personal files. then I tried using
MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover partition but also didn't work. since I'm able to access my old windows data files, can I do anything to get the EFI data back? Or does system restore points I created earlier solve this problem?

Thank You!

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Hi every one ;first let me tell you what i did :first i tried to resize the c drive via 3rd party tools.after restart it said it will do it i waited,restarted and w,n 8 entered an infinite loop,i said what the heck i will install the win 7 64 bit,used an usb dvd to do it(i had the win 7 boot dvd),i then saw that c was splinted in two as i intended,i formatted the partition which win 8 was installed in win7 setup menu,then select it to install win 7 ,it said you can't do it,i said why,it said because of the partition is in gpt format,i thought that im screwed for sure,i restarted it and it began to repair win8 like nothing has happened, just like when i first started the pc as first bought it,now everything is good except solidworks  2013 couldn't installed properly,i can't uninstall it nor repair it ,i tried the okr but it couldn't find the partition that has the backup(20gb partition).as stated in the subject i can't recover nor make backup image.importantly i didn't touch the other 4 partitions didn't even look inside them they are untouched.pressing okr key while pc shutted opens the pc no problem but wont let me recover the factory settings.can you help me please. i check the forum but couldn't find a solid solution.except for solidworks everything is good but i want to be able tto recover my pc in coming days.is there a way to make the okr program "see" the recovery partition as i said before i didn't do anything, it should be undamaged.thanks for every one who has ... Read more

Answer:y500 sli resized c and okr wont reccognize the hidden partition

guys i have been reading all i could find but still i couldnt find any answer for that.anybody knows the answer pls just say it im frustrated by this. i dont have win 8 dvd and i dont want to lose my pre installed win 8 licence

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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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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 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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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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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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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,

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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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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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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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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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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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 am tring to install windows 10 lenovo g50-70 but it stucks on partition saying your partition is GPTso i have format the window drive others have MY OFFICE DATA,  so i could not clean partitions with cmd.Now plz help me to install windows 10 64 on GPT drive through UEFI mode, what`s the method???

Answer:how to install windows 10 lenovo g50-70 gpt partition with UEFI

Hi there, Aladil           -
 
Thank you for writing in to the Lenovo Forum - happy to have you here today.
 
You can't install to a GPT drive because you are booting in legacy mode. You'll have to boot in UEFI mode.
 
If you want to install in legacy mode you'll need to convert the drive to MBR - or at least clean it so the installer can partition it MBR-style.  Boot the install media, hit SHIFT+F10 to get a command prompt window, and run DISKPART:  list disk, select disk, clean, exit, exit.  Then let the installation continue.
 
Update us how it goes.
 
 
 
 
Regards,
 
Tap that kudos button if I helped  If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! 

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I am trying to create an autounattend file to install Windows 10 as a UEFI install. I am encountering one problem when it comes to creating the partitions in the unattend file. Windows 10 creates 4 partitions, 3 of which (MSR, EFI and OS partitions) I have no trouble with as they are roughly the same as Windows 8.1 just different sizes but the new 4th partition, a 450MB "Recovery" partition, I can't seem to create.

When installing Windows 10 it lists the partition type as "Recovery" but using WADK there is no option to set "Recovery" as the partition type, the only options are EFI, MSR, Extend, Logical or Primary.

Can anyone tell me the exact attributes/settings required to create the new 450MB "Recovery" partition in an unattend answer file?

My searches on the web so far have not turned up any helpful information regarding this new partition created by Windows 10 so hopefully someone here can help me.

Answer:Windows 10 UEFI install, partition setup

Originally Posted by DannyTabTec


I am trying to create an autounattend file to install Windows 10 as a UEFI install. I am encountering one problem when it comes to creating the partitions in the unattend file. Windows 10 creates 4 partitions, 3 of which (MSR, EFI and OS partitions) I have no trouble with as they are roughly the same as Windows 8.1 just different sizes but the new 4th partition, a 450MB "Recovery" partition, I can't seem to create.

When installing Windows 10 it lists the partition type as "Recovery" but using WADK there is no option to set "Recovery" as the partition type, the only options are EFI, MSR, Extend, Logical or Primary.

Can anyone tell me the exact attributes/settings required to create the new 450MB "Recovery" partition in an unattend answer file?

My searches on the web so far have not turned up any helpful information regarding this new partition created by Windows 10 so hopefully someone here can help me.



As far as I know, the recovery partition is just a normal primary partition.

Why are you setting any up - the install package does it all for you ie just delete all existing partitions and let it do its own work?

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I have Asus UEFI motherboard with 2TB hard drive. By following tutorial on this forum I created UEFI bootable USB.

In this tutorial UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with I found that requirements is "A blank, partition-free, hard disk".

My drive has 2 partitions C and D. I want to install windows on C and preserve files on D. Could I do this? Why do we need to have partition free disk?

Answer:How to preserve partition when using UEFI for Windows 7 installation?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by SpecialOne


I have Asus UEFI motherboard with 2TB hard drive. By following tutorial on this forum I created UEFI bootable USB.

In this tutorial UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with I found that requirements is "A blank, partition-free, hard disk".

My drive has 2 partitions C and D. I want to install windows on C and preserve files on D. Could I do this? Why do we need to have partition free disk?


There is no problem at all in making two partitions before you install Windows. Just be sure and make what will be your C: big enough to hold Windows (30 GB) and any other programs that you will put on it. You can then put all of your Documents, Pictures etc on the D: drive. This is the preferred way to set it up. == This will help you with the install Clean Install Windows 7

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I've downloaded Windows 7 and made a bootable USB drive. I installed Windows on a couple of PC's and my HP laptop. I've noted that when installing on laptop, I've had some issues. In BIOS settings, the boot mode was selected to UEFI and no matter the boot sequence, it just wouldn't boot from USB (note: there was a USB Hard Drive and a USB Generic Volume option and I've checked the 'boot from USB device option' above). I've solved the problem by switching to Legacy boot. It booted from USB with no problems and Windows got installed correctly. I've done the same thing on an another HP laptop, (same thing, UEFI wouldn't boot from USB, while Legacy would) only this time to see that all of the partitions are formatted as GPT and I get a message saying that Windows can't be installed on a GPT partition. I am presuming that this is due to the legacy boot mode (my overall knowledge is very low, so if any of this doesn't make sense please forgive me).
I was wondering if there is ANY way I can install Windows 7, or higher, I don't care, on this laptop? Thanks for your time

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I've downloaded Windows 7 and made a bootable USB drive. I installed Windows on a couple of PC's and my HP laptop. I've noted that when installing on laptop, I've had some issues. In BIOS settings, the boot mode was selected to UEFI and no matter the boot sequence, it just wouldn't boot from USB (note: there was a USB Hard Drive and a USB Generic Volume option and I've checked the 'boot from USB device option' above). I've solved the problem by switching to Legacy boot. It booted from USB with no problems and Windows got installed correctly. I've done the same thing on an another HP laptop, (same thing, UEFI wouldn't boot from USB, while Legacy would) only this time to see that all of the partitions are formatted as GPT and I get a message saying that Windows can't be installed on a GPT partition. I am presuming that this is due to the legacy boot mode (my overall knowledge is very low, so if any of this doesn't make sense please forgive me).
I was wondering if there is ANY way I can install Windows 7, or higher, I don't care, on this laptop? Thanks for your time

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I am trying to create an autounattend file to install Windows 10 as a UEFI install. I am encountering one problem when it comes to creating the partitions in the unattend file. Windows 10 creates 4 partitions, 3 of which (MSR, EFI and OS partitions) I have no trouble with as they are roughly the same as Windows 8.1 just different sizes but the new 4th partition, a 450MB "Recovery" partition, I can't seem to create.

When installing Windows 10 it lists the partition type as "Recovery" but using WADK there is no option to set "Recovery" as the partition type, the only options are EFI, MSR, Extend, Logical or Primary.

Can anyone tell me the exact attributes/settings required to create the new 450MB "Recovery" partition in an unattend answer file?

My searches on the web so far have not turned up any helpful information regarding this new partition created by Windows 10 so hopefully someone here can help me.

Answer:Windows 10 UEFI install, partition setup

DannyTabTec said:

I am trying to create an autounattend file to install Windows 10 as a UEFI install. I am encountering one problem when it comes to creating the partitions in the unattend file. Windows 10 creates 4 partitions, 3 of which (MSR, EFI and OS partitions) I have no trouble with as they are roughly the same as Windows 8.1 just different sizes but the new 4th partition, a 450MB "Recovery" partition, I can't seem to create.

When installing Windows 10 it lists the partition type as "Recovery" but using WADK there is no option to set "Recovery" as the partition type, the only options are EFI, MSR, Extend, Logical or Primary.

Can anyone tell me the exact attributes/settings required to create the new 450MB "Recovery" partition in an unattend answer file?

My searches on the web so far have not turned up any helpful information regarding this new partition created by Windows 10 so hopefully someone here can help me.



As far as I know, the recovery partition is just a normal primary partition.

Why are you setting any up - the install package does it all for you ie just delete all existing partitions and let it do its own work?

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I am tring to install windows 10 lenovo g50-70 but it stucks on partition saying your partion is GPTso i have format the window drive others have MY OFFICE DATA,  so i could not clean partitions with cmd.Now plz help me to install windows 10 64 on GTP drive through UEFI mode, what`s the method???

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Hello !
The EFI partition contents is related with a specific windows installations or with PC's UEFI ?
For example :
Let's have 2 PC :
- Different hardware
- GPT (Different / or Same ) Partition scheme
- Same version and editions of Windows 8.1

What can we say about EFI partition contents on these 2 PC ?
Thank you !

Answer:Efi partition is related to windows installation or UEFI

The EFI partition is the System Boot Files Partition (ie System partition)

GPT is a different partition format (allows more then 4 primary partitions, MBR only 4 primary partitions)

Very limited X86 support for GPT partitions and UEFI - system depending

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Hello all. My first post on these forums. Hope I don't break any rules in it
I'll try to be short and clear in describing my problem, but please bare with me here as it's not the simplest of issues (not to me anyway).
I got a (at the time new) MSi laptop several months back with just a regular Windows 8 Core x64 on it and a UEFI boot system (or whatever is the name for "BIOSs"). At some point I had problems with the settings - I couldn't open any of my computer's settings - and I researched long and hard to no avail. So I installed Windows 7 32-bit (the only disk I had). Now, I'm trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro. I noticed that after the installation of 8.1 Pro my system was still running in 32-bit, so I made a bootable USB stick with the retail version of Windows 8 Core with no key just to get the system back to x64. It worked just fine. I cannot, however, boot in UEFI mode. I believe the partition got wiped somewhere in the Windows 7 installation. Whenever I enter UEFI by pressing the DEL button (I cannot see the UEFI firmware settings tile under the Troubleshoot option) I see the boot mode is LEGACY and when I change it to UEFI, save and reset, it doesn't boot, giving me a "No media found" error. I don't care about my settings/files as long as I get UEFI back with Windows 8.1 Pro running.
I googled long enough to know I'm not going anywhere if I don't ask someone with expertise on this matter.
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Answer:UEFI Partition Wiped After Windows 7 Installation

Yes that is correct, when you load a different OS on the hard drive. All previous partitions are wiped off of the hard drive. Only way to get it back, is to reinstall Windows 8.x.x.

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Hello, I would like to know how to make a partition to install Windows 7 from there forever. So far I've used a USB formatted with 'Rufus', but as I usually format very often, I want boot the computer from the partition, to do everything faster.

It is important that the installation has support for UEFI mode install, so I'm not interested in MBR / Legacy.

Regards.

Answer:I need make a partition recovery for Install Windows 7 UEFI/GPT.

Here is the forum tutorial on how to install UEFI Windows 7, I assume this is what you are looking for.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Okay, so the other week i received a new Clevo P650SE laptop. The laptop only had a 500GB 7200RPM HDD with Windows 10 to begin with, so yesterday i added my Samsung 840 EVO SSD. As i wanted this to now be the primary drive, i made another new installation of Windows onto here. After doing this, the system now displayed a boot selection at startup with the choice between the new Windows 10 installation on my SSD or the old one on the HDD.

As i no longer wanted to use the HDD for running Windows, i decided it would be best to delete Windows from this drive. So i booted onto an Ubuntu USB and wiped the entire drive of it's data in GParted, which included three different partitions. This seemed perfectly fine to me at the time, because i had a the new installation from the SSD showing up in the boot manager.

However, when i rebooted the machine and attempted to boot into the new installation on the SSD, it gives me this message:

"The boot configuration data from your PC is missing or contains errors.
File: /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BC Error code: 0xc000000f"

I have tried everything to recover the system but nothing has worked. Startup repair from my Windows USB doesn't do anything, the system reset wouldn't operate because it stated that the partition was locked.

Nothing with the Command Prompt is helping me either, i have done 'bootrec /fixmbr', 'bootrec /fixboot' and 'bootrec /rebuildbcd', but the last command returns the following error:

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Answer:Windows won't boot in UEFI mode, deleted EFI partition.

You have to make a Windows USB that has UEFI support on it.

You can best use RUFUS for this and use "partition scheme for UEFI".

This should work.

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Hi guys.

Thanks for looking at this thread.

I have a few questions about dual booting windows 7 and windows 8 preinstalled (UEFI) on my Dell laptop.

1. Can I install a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop, if so how?
2. Will installing a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop break it?
3. Can I use EasyBCD for UEFI?
4. How do I create a UEFI windows 7?

Thank you

Answer:Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

Really no point in dual booting since they are essentially the same OS like 7 to Vista.

Choose one and stick with it, Windows 7 will be supported till 2017 (mainstream) and 2020 (security).

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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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Is there any way I can restore what was in that partition?

Answer:Accidentally formatted UEFI System Partition, now Windows won't boot.

   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can Order ASUS recovery disks from here:
http://us.estore.asus.com/index.php?..._detail&p=2860


Using the Start up disk.

Try doing a start up repair:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do start up repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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Hi,I'm attempting to create a VirtualBox machine of my physical laptop which is running Windows 8.1. I've created a separate partition where I installed Windows 10 so I can dual boot.I've been following these instructions:http://joaodrp.com/blog/2016/03/19/migrating-a-uefi-gpt-windows-8-10-machine-to-a-virtualbox-vm/In VirtualBox, I have sucessfully gotten the VHD file attached to the virtual system and I used an DVD ISO Installation of 8.1 and booted into the advanced recovery area where I can use the command prompt to make changes to the vhd. The command prompt should allow me to rebuild the mbr record which is outlined in the instructions. One of the issues is that this Laptop's physical drive's recovery partition was deleted. I've thought about creating a new one but I'm not sure if I need to or not.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!COMPUTER SPECS:Operating System   Windows 10 Home Single Language 64-bitCPU   Intel Core i5 3230M @ 2.60GHz   Ivy Bridge 22nm TechnologyRAM   8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)Motherboard   Hewlett-Packard 181C (U3E1)Graphics   Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])   Intel HD Graphics 4000 (HP)Storage   698GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA)   45 ?C   931GB PHD 3.0 Silicon-Power USB Device (USB (SATA))   45 ?C   931... Read more

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I was reading about Bitlocker and noticed this:






Because pre-startup authentication and system integrity verification must take place on a partition other than the encrypted operating system drive, BitLocker requires that your computer has at least two partitions:

An operating system partition (usually drive C) that is formatted with NTFS.A system partition that is at least 350MB. This is where Windows stores files needed to load Windows at boot. The system partition must not be encrypted and should also be formatted with NTFS for computers that use BIOS firmware and with FAT32 for computers that use UEFI-based firmware. This drive is often hidden in Windows Explorer. You can configure one or more partitions for your data (drive D, E, etc.) and enable BitLocker on them.



Securing Windows 10 with BitLocker Drive Encryption Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

On my UEFI PC's (on which Windows 10 was installed in UEFI mode), Windows created a 450MB NTFS recovery partition and a 99MB FAT32 no name partition. Which one of these are they talking about above, and does this mean that I cannot enable bitlocker because there is not a 350MB+ FAT32 partition?

Answer:Windows 10 System Partition Requirement UEFI - NTFS or FAT32

A system partition that is at least 350MB



You have a 450MB Recovery Partition, and a FAT32 File system partition, so you are good to go.

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Hi,I'm attempting to create a VirtualBox machine of my physical laptop which is running Windows 8.1. I've created a separate partition where I installed Windows 10 so I can dual boot.I've been following these instructions:http://joaodrp.com/blog/2016/03/19/migrating-a-uefi-gpt-windows-8-10-machine-to-a-virtualbox-vm/In VirtualBox, I have sucessfully gotten the VHD file attached to the virtual system and I used an DVD ISO Installation of 8.1 and booted into the advanced recovery area where I can use the command prompt to make changes to the vhd. The command prompt should allow me to rebuild the mbr record which is outlined in the instructions. One of the issues is that this Laptop's physical drive's recovery partition was deleted. I've thought about creating a new one but I'm not sure if I need to or not.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!COMPUTER SPECS:Operating System   Windows 10 Home Single Language 64-bitCPU   Intel Core i5 3230M @ 2.60GHz   Ivy Bridge 22nm TechnologyRAM   8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)Motherboard   Hewlett-Packard 181C (U3E1)Graphics   Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])   Intel HD Graphics 4000 (HP)Storage   698GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA)   45 ?C   931GB PHD 3.0 Silicon-Power USB Device (USB (SATA))   45 ?C  ... Read more

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Hey all,

Got a tough but to crack here, would appreciate some suggestions, as I haven't played much (at all?) With UEFI to date. I've been happily running I'm BIOS mode and putting off learning anything new.

So heres the deal.

I now have a UEFI only disk installed in my rig.

My old win10 partitions exists only as a backed up disk image.

Is there a good way I can restore my old BIOS mode disk image onto my UEFI only disk and have it boot?

My first try was to do a fresh win10 install so it created all the efi and boot partitions, and then to remove the new main partition and replace it with the old restored image.

That didn't work at all, even after attempting boot repair using the install disk.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Hindsight being 20-20 I should have converted the existing disk to UEFI before yanking it out and making my system UEFI only, but I didn't know that at the time.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Matt
 

Answer:Restoring BIOS-type Windows partition image to UEFI only drive?

I've never heard of an "UEFI only" disk. Do you mean a GPT disk?

When you say restore your HDD in "bios mode" that makes me think you are trying to restore a MBR disk to a GPT disk.

If that is the case the GPT disk will need to be zeroed to wipe the partition scheme but I would think that should be handled with the backup software during the restore.

What did you take the disk image with?
 

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We got a new Dell machine with the Vista preinstalled. Employee wanted Ubuntu (how do ya blame him?) so he resized partitions and installed Ubuntu, but now Vista won't boot.

What can we do to get Vista to be happy again?

This howto:
http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/about78184.html#dualboot
says:
"DO NOT resize the Vista partition during the installation of the Linux distribution! Due to the change in NTFS versions, no Linux partitioning program, nor standard Windows partitioning programs, can properly alter the partition that Vista is installed to."
But we're too late for that...
 

Answer:Dell with Vista, resized NTFS partition for Ubuntu, now cannot boot Vista

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Hi
Well my windows 7 has refused to boot up after i tried to create a new HDD partition. I actually wanted to install windows xp as a dual boot system with windows 7. The partition was created succesfully but when i restarted my system, the windows 7 did not boot up. I only get a blinkind dot and it does not allows me to so anything next. I have tried startup repair from the DVD but it could not detect the problem. Please suggest me something.
Your help will be appreciated.
Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 not booting after HDD partition.

Try this:

You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Startup Repair

System Repair Disc - Create

System Recovery Options

Repair Install

When Windows is booting OK,Have a read of this tutorial:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7.

EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

A bit more reading.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...wont-boot.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...dual-boot.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

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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.)

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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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Okay, I made my windows partition hidden in Partition Magic and now I can't boot it. I have another partition but there's no OS installed on it.
Also I don't have a floppy disc drive, so how do I activate and boot my windows partition?
 

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Hey guys, C0RE O5IVE here again, I know it's been a while since my last thread but hey, I'm back! With another issue, relatively similar to my last one just a different chipset now ...

So basically here's the story. I installed ArchLinux 7 months back, enjoyed it for some time and then since recently I thought that it would be time to head back to windows since I am a programmer and I just like the windows development stack more than anything. So I deleted my partition in arch linux using gparted and completely fixed it up to NTFS after booting into partition wizard from a usb. I used the windows recovery method to boot into a repair disc illustrated here: https://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EB...ble+EasyRE+USB -- Then I did the bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr + bootrec /fixmbr like usual. Now I'm stuck with an issue, and I've attempted the yumi windows install with the ISO and its just not working. So at first, I just removed the old grub loader in effort to get the windows 7 bootloader back but now when I boot I get this error: "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key". Though when I pop in my windows 7 sp1 32-bit install disk and slap any key it just stalls there with a blinking cursor without ever loading. I have no idea what could be the issue here. I even tried formatting 2 seperate usbs as windows 7 boot cd's with YUMI usb installer and UNET. I have no idea what I can do now. Any suggestions guys? As always, all help is appreciated!

Cheers,
~ C0REO5I... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 Not booting after partition mess

It's never going to repair if you dont first Mark the Win7 Partition Active

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which runs all necessary repairs of which bootrec is only one.

If media continues to fail to boot even after resetting BIOS to defaults, use the latest official Win7 ISO for your licensed version burned to disk or stick with the tool provided in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start which also includes everything else that can be done to start it.

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I have this audio latency problem on Windows 7 x64 and x86. These partitions were both on the same hard drive. XP doesn't have this problem but that is on my other hard drive. So, I'm thinking maybe the hard drive with the windows 7 partitions is bad, so I'm trying to test a Windows XP partition on that hard drive to see if it's the hard drive itself that's bad or Windows 7.

Well, the problem. I've made an entry in the boot menu but when I select "Windows XP WD", WD standing for Western Digital, it boots into the other XP partition that's on the other hard drive. This is with the Seagate hard drive first boot priority. When I make the WD hard drive first priority, it just goes to this black screen and stays there forever. Also, the drive letters are different on Windows 7 and XP. Example: XP is on partition D but when I'm booted on XP it is partition J but that's a minor problem that I'm not worried about at the moment.

Also, I cloned the XP partition to XP WD, so maybe they're conflicting? See attachment for settings. I've deleted my x86 partition, if you're wondering where it went.

Answer:Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition

Did you install Windows 7 last and was it a 'clean' install or an upgrade?

You can also go to Start > Run, type msconfig, click the Boot tab and set your default here.

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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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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 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
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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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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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Oh god, what you reserved for me?

I'll Explain at beginning, but if you think that will to bore, can jump to [LAST PROBLEM]. (i have a bad english, sorry by any error).

[KALI SEDUCTION]

A few days ago i've downloaded the sexiest Linux version, the Kali Linux. It will be useful to me because I wanna learn some moves to "mandar aquele" (do a very hard moves in my land called Bananal). I never installed a O.S to dual boot before this and I get some tutorials on youtube to start.

[MY PARTITION METHOD WAS WRONG (?)]

In tutorial, the teacher do a Primary Partition to install the new O.S, but I havesn't seen it and I do a Logic Partition, I get my "D", divided it, give a Letter (maybe "F:/"), 30.000kb of space, and i finish it.

CHECK: 01.PNG

[INSTALLING KALI]
When I installing Kali, he asked a place to install itself boot. The unique parts on screen free for it was C:/. I thinked "well, i f*cked up everything, but i'm thug life bro". After it, I install something about the Kali Boot in C:/, were are probably located the boot of windows 7.

[1? BOOT PROBLEM (I SOLVED IT ALONE)]


As I thought, my notebook not boot. Just show a window for me do boot selecion drivers. Ok, then i take Windows 7 DVD install, reboot it to repair my system and selected something likes BOOT FIX or BOOT REPAIR. I do it one time and I restart de machine. When I restart, the boot shows a Kali Boots Selection Screen, here I have some options:... Read more

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So backstory time. I built a desktop and threw in my laptop HDD and installed the proper drivers, and everything was perfect. Then I decided I should probs get rid of my Music partition and instead integrate it into my main Windows one (not even sure why I made a separate partition). So I went into another Windows install on a separate HDD and copied over my music to transfer back to my HDD, since I don't have enough space on it. Then here's what seems to have messed it up: I deleted the Music partion (which was to the left of Windows) and extended the laptop Windows HDD inside a different Windows drive. Now when I try and boot with either System Reserved or Windows as active, it takes 5-10 minutes on "Preparing Windows" after I sign in, it just boots to black desktop with a mouse. ctrl+alt+delete pops up right, but task manager doesn't open; ctrl+L also locks the PC. It has the same results with Safe Mode with Networking enabled. /ScanOS shows no Windows OSes. I have no restore points made, so I gotta figure out what to do. I have 8.1 Pro that I will upgrade to as soon as Windows works again, as the OEM code from the laptop doesn't work on the desktop. Honestly, if you can tell me a way to keep my programs and Appdata working fine on a fresh Pro install, it'll work perfectly.

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Hello.After Windows 10 came out, i noticed that my laptop working and booting not in UEFi mod.First i tried to go into OS settings (windows 10) and put there uefi setting on restart. Its booting without uefi at all.Tried to press f2,f1,f8,f7,f12, del keys - nothing.Tried to update bios from lenovo site - still nothing, i cant access uefi bios.Tried to install Windows 8, Windows 8.1 - cant boot into uefi of get uefi bios.What I'm doing wrong, direct me please? p.s. I'm using lenovo Z580.

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i just updated my system to windows 7
first thing that i notice is that everything
seems to have gotten smaller .

ex: if you click on file,view , or any other window
the text seem almost ureadable and also the warning boxes are smaller . event the look of the fonts seem diffrent .

i tried resizing the dpi settings and is better but the
warning dialog boxes are still small and tool bar are also

is this the way win 7 is supposed to look like ?
are there any way to change it ?

Answer:windows 7 resized ?

Change your screen resolution.

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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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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.

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

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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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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Hello,
I have Installed Windows XP like ages ago and then there was some error with the XP back then while booting up so I called up my technician, He dual booted my system with Windows 7 Ultimate.

I've stopped using XP since a while so I thought of removing I from my system, The XP files and Windows 7 were on two different partitions of same HDD. So I used Minitool Partition wizard to remove the Partition in which XP files were there. It even prompted a message saying that I may not be able to boot if I format the specific Partition. I clicked on continue and it showed me that the specific partition is in use and the asked me to restart it and minitool will delete it by itself while restarting. And after it deleted the XP partition, my system can't Boot Windows 7 now. I just don't get it.

I've even lost my Windows 7 OS DVD to try repair the OS. Can anyone help me to Boot into my Windows 7 without losing any data from that Partition.

Answer:Windows 7 not Booting after removing XP partition from Dual Boot

Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

Without an install dvd or a system repair disc, you can`t do that. You can easily make a system repair disc on another Windows 7 PC, all you need is a blank cd and a cd burner. But it has to be the same bit version (32 or 64) and Service Pack version as the version you are trying to repair.

Others may have another method. They will post it.

Or call your Tech

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

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On a new Asus Win 7x64 laptop (Zenbook Prime UX21A), I was repartitioning the SSD with EaseUs and it seemed to be going well until restart. At that point, EaseUs gave a failure message and then Windows gave a failed to start/Windows Boot Manager mesage, with the error code 0xc00025. The Info is the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible, presumably the SSD's main partition.

Since there is no CD drive, I've been trying to prepare a USB system repair (on my desktop Win 7x64). I followed the directions of two YouTube videos, including one suggested on these forums - Windows 7 - Create a System Repair Disc on a Bootable USB Flash Drive without Burning a CD - YouTube. However, at some point each procedure varied significantly from what my computer showed and so the USB stick didn't boot. I also tried the CD creation tutorial at System Repair Disc - Create, and followed up with the Win 7 USB-DVD tool, but the CD created is UDF format, not ISO, which is what the tool is looking for. The boot and source folders are in ISO, but I'm guessing a full bootable ISO disk (or stick), rather than separate ISO files, is what's needed. I've been working on the assumption that a system repair disk or stick made from a retail version of Win 7 will work on an OEM installation, but really don't know. I also tried running a repair from my desktop's full Win 7 installation disk (converted to ISO), but the laptop said the repair versions are different.

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Answer:Laptop SSD partition led to Windows not booting - Win Boot Mgr error

I suggest creating a USB installation stick using this tutorial here:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
All repair disk options can be accessed through the installation "disk".

When you say "I was repartitioning the SSD", what did you do exactly?

Are you aware that your "disk" is (most likely with an Ivy Bridge) formatted GPT?

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So i just recently created two partitions on my home pc, one keeping windows xp and i installed windows 7 on the other one. I completely got all my programs and stuff back on windows 7 and it was all set. I decided i should delete the other partition containing windows xp so the windows 7 one could have all the harddrive space. I went into the partition program i was using, changed the windows 7 partition to primary instead of logical ( i think that's what it was, i can't really remember ) then deleted the windows xp one. It had to reboot my computer, then after it was finished deleting and stuff it rebooted again but now it just takes me to a black screen that says press a key to reboot. I got a copy of a windows xp recovery disk, and tried to boot from that but nothing. I even tried switching the boot sequence, but still no luck. I really hope someone can get back to me on this one, i've just stumbled upon this site and figured someone has to have some sort of advice on this disaster haha. I'm not even too sure if this is the right spot to post this, but i hope someone can help!

|Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Deleted wrong partition dual booting windows 7 and xp

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Had win7 and XP working on dual boot with easyBCD for months. Then had to wipe another drive so removed all connections in PC and wiped totally unrelated drive, linked everything back up again, and now windows 7 won't boot up and the boot menu has gone.

I have three hard drives - one backup, one for XP, and one with three partitions including win7.

When i set the BIOS boot order to the XP drive it boots up ok, when i set the order to win7 drive it gets to 'verifying dmi pool data' then asks for a boot cd.

I have rebuilt the MBR using partition wizard. As you can see, the XP drive is active and primary. I cannot seem to set the win7 disk to be primary or active. It also tells me it cannot find a windows installation on the drive even though it is loaded onto E:

I have tried loading the win7 dvd and running the start repair several times but it does nothing.

I don't get what happened as all i did was remove all the hard drive connections, then connect them back up a few hours later.

Any ideas? I have spent four hours on it already and need help before i smash the thing up!

Answer:Windows 7 and XP dual boot - Win 7 partition not booting anymore

fixed it! woohoo

this worked for me....

go here Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
and get the VBCDE and follow instructions here Dual-boot Repair Windows 7/Vista
for automatic repair.

fixed my setup in half a second. machine booted back into windows 7 directly, then used easyBCD to add the winXP option to the boot menu and back in business. Both XP and Win7 on boot menu and both working fine. Woohooo!

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I have been given the challenge to make a way to install Windows without any installation media and without having to even touch the computer while it's installing. So far I've made a .wim image with the help of this guide and I've made an Autounattend.xml file with the help of this guide. I put the install.wim image in the \sources directory on a flash drive and the Autounattend.xml file in the root of the flash drive, and it does exactly what I want it to - all except it's not on a partition. So I move it to a partition and add a boot entry using EasyBCD. It boots fine, but it acts like the Autounattend.xml file isn't even there. So right now I have the choice of hands free installation with media, or manual installation without media. My main question is why the Autounattend.xml file isn't working when I boot the same media from a partition. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Problems booting an unattended Windows installation from a partition

Is this some sort of school project? I can't vouch for anyone else, but I would feel terrible if I gave you information that basically did the project for you.

Usually people do this with Windows PE. Have you checked it out?

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Hello. So i got automatic repair after changing boot order from UEFI USB KINGSTON to P1 Samsung SSD 840 EVO. I am able to get through to Windows 10 but after restart after automatic repair. So i am needing 2 boots now.

Screen:
And my question is this related to my switch between UEFI and NON UEFI device or that doesnt matter?

My motherboard is Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2.

System was working fine few days on P1:Samsung SSD ( MBR ). Problem appear when someday i just change again ( maybe my 5 switch ? ) boot order from UEFI USB KINGSTON to P1:Samsung SSD ( MBR ). So is this related to this or that doesnt matter?

Answer:Windows 10 Automatic Repair - switching between UEFI and non UEFI devi

First of all, you dont need to change the boot priority in order to boot from the USB. Use the "Boot Menu" key for this purpose.

In a UEFI system, the disk should boot as a UEFI disk.
If you load the defaults in the BIOS, does it boot back to the SSD? Let us know.

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Is there an easy / standard way to repair the EFI partition on a Lenovo G580? While attempting to boot to EFI by anymeans, the machine is just cycling on to Windows and ignoring the request.  E.G. From Windows, shift-restart is correctly offering the recover options / advanced boot options, but when I pick UEFI, it just cycles back to Windows. I can't usethe diagnosics disk because EFI is set to secure boot and, being unable to access the BIOS, I can't turn it off.  

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I want to keep my RecoveryPartition, but also want to partition the 750GB HDD into three partitions.
What tools may help, what are the cavetats, where are the minefields?
Is there a tutorial somewhere?

Answer:UEFI Bios, Win 8 and big HDD - How to partition the HDD

The Windows built in partition tool can do that.

Lots of third party options for this as well but 3 partitions 750GB nothing special to create three partitions there.

Although in my opinion Windows 8 is simply NOT dual boot friendly at all, something to keep in mind.

Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Help Forums

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accidentally i delete my efi partition. now i cannot boot up to windows 8
any advice what should i do?
sorry before

Answer:EFI / UEFI partition Deleted

Found this , talks about protecting and recovering a UEFI partition...it's not a simple process unfortunately...

Protecting and Recovering a UEFI System

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Although the windows eventually return to normal after a few days it's still really annoying. My problem is that some sites will start opening new windows all over my desktop and the size of the windows are smaller than what I like. After I close all the new small windows I go to a totally different site and now it opens in the same small window. Does anyone know how to prevent this from happening, or at least how to change the size of all opening windows to full size?
I have a second question that may or may not be related. On the explorer tool bar the only things I have checked are standard buttons and "lock the toolbar". When the new and resized windows start popping up the toolbar settings have been changed to unlocked and the address bar and links are on. My security settings are set to med. high yet it still seems like my computer is being taken over.
I'm currently using CWS shredder, Hijack this & X-cleaner & I'm running XP pro. Any help would be appreciated.

victory65
 

Answer:Windows in explorer get resized.

Even if your av is up to date it's worth doing an online scan here http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
plus installing SpywareBlaster (it works in background) http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html Plus to stop popups you need PopUpStopper http://www.1-popup-stopper.com/
 

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Win XP SP2. Is it possible to have Windows remember the size of a non-full page window when it is shut down?My Program Files folder is launched in such a window and I drag the window to a larger size to display all folders without the need to scroll. Unfortunately, on relaunch, Program Files doesn't remember this setting.It's not even a minor irritation really but I am curious to find out whether what I am trying to do is possible.Thanks in anticipation. db.

Answer:Memorising Resized Windows.

When it is dragged to full size select file>close next time it opens it should be full size......

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This seems to only happen on my WIN 10 Pro system (Its only 2 months old). I have never seen this happen on my WIN 10 Home system. It seems to occur when I have a sized window and I minimize it. After a period of time not using that window, it gets re-sized ! I've been looking for an answer for the last 2 months, but have not found a solution.

Here is a B4 & After pic of my desktop of Windows File Explorer. Anybody have any Idea's what setting needs to be fixed ?

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This seems to only happen on my WIN 10 Pro system (Its only 2 months old). I have never seen this happen on my WIN 10 Home system. It seems to occur when I have a sized window and I minimize it. After a period of time not using that window, it gets re-sized ! I've been looking for an answer for the last 2 months, but have not found a solution.

Here is a B4 & After pic of my desktop of Windows File Explorer. Anybody have any Idea's what setting needs to be fixed ?

Answer:What is causing my windows to be resized ?

That's strange! Try running sfc /scannow from an admin command prompt. Is there anything in the error log which gives any clues? You could also try updating to the latest graphics driver.

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I am not sure if this subforum is the right place, if not, pleases help me transfer to the right forum...

I recently just build a new setup with Asus P8Z77-V LK, this motherboard comes with UEFI boot and legacy BIOS boot support.

So I tested install windows 7 in both mode, and I didn't find any advantage of UEFI consider it is a new technology been promoted quite a lot for recent years.

The benefit I found is: a graphic BIOS setup, which is useless to most users if you don't OC. Even you did, I still find using keyboard to navigate through the menu is much easier than mouse.

Faster boot time? very negligible, could be 31 seconds compare to 28 seconds. As I timed use my stopwatch, the value could include a few seconds human error as well.

Support boot from > 2.2TB HDD? nowadays most user use SSD as boot drive so this really doesn't matter.

GPT disk partition? don't see any benefit here compare to legacy MBR...

Anyone can enlighten me what is the advantage of UEFI here?

Thanks a lot!

Answer:What's the benefit of UEFI and install Windows in UEFI mode?

Thanks for adding information about EFI BIOS which present a problem for many during installation and repairs.

For this reason alone, I would advise disabling EFI BIOS in BIOS boot order or choosing Legacy BIOS in BIOS setup, installing normally to an MBR disk.

Wiping a HD already formatted as GPT disk with Diskpart Clean Command can clear the way for it to install as MBR. Sometimes it also takes runnning the command "Convert MBR" to change disk from GPT.

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I have been running with a SATA 200GB drive for about 6 months or more as a secondary drive with a much smaller (80gb) IDE drive as my primary..

I left an 85GB partition free on my SATA drive to copy my primary drive C (IDE partition) to when I was ready to deal with it.

I used partition magic 8.0 to copy my drive C to my unallocated space. When I set up the copy sequence in PM it says "warning drive may not be bootable", Proceed or cancel. I do proceed.

I remove my IDE drives, and even removed my DVD writer drive. (power from all of them.)

When I power on, just as PM had said, it says please insert a boot diskette.

I've considerred reinstalling windows, but according to other forums and discussions I would then need a floppy with MB SATA drivers and I don't have a floppy drive, and hate to get one just for this one operation. If I boot into windows after everything has been copied via PM, everything is there on the SATA drive, a mirror image of my drive C. But, I can't boot off of it.

My guess is the master boot record (mbr), needs to be created or made active or something. (yes I made the new partition active, no difference.)

Is this a boot issue due to windows xp MBR (or something else windows xp related) or is this a boot issue due to trying to boot off of a SATA drive?

Lastly, Is it an absolute requirement that I have to reinstall windows using a floppy and mb drivers to load the sata drive and go through that who... Read more

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