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Q: UEFI imaging

I will be buying a Win 8 machine and am trying to understand something.
I think if you create a Windows image you can use the feature within Windows to recover it.

I have Macrium. Will I be able to still use the Linux rescue disc to recover a Macrium image if I disable the UEFI feature and launch CSM. Can I then work in the UEFI and when restarting, find the rescue disc to recover an image made with Macrium?

Preferred Solution: UEFI imaging

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: UEFI imaging

The two bootable disks below will boot with Secure Boot & UEFI ENABLED, as they use WinPE4 to boot.

Click here: Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Also any 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot, which is signed by Microsoft, as they use WinPE4 to boot.

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Ok, here's the skinny: Found an HP 2000 in a storage unit I bought. O/S is Win8. Tried to reset to factory, but that image isn't working. Upgraded to WinX, now computer runs GREAT! Here's the issue: I made system image backups from windows, and macrium. This is a UEFI bios with secure boot.I can't get a disk to boot from the DVD. I turned off secure boot, tried again.... No go. Switched to Legacy. Macrium will boot the CD, but I'm not sure it will image from a macrium image with an EFI partition. I stopped there, cuz I don't want to run the risk of ruining a good image, or making one that won't boot. Question: How do I get the BIOS set up to work with my image options? Thank You. I'm not used to UEFI.

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Here is my situation:

I have upgraded a few days ago my daughter's PC from Windows 7 home premium to Windows 10 Home. The upgrade (a clean install) was done on a brand new SSD (Samsung 860 Evo 250gb). After the upgrade, I loaded several programs and created an image of my C: drive with Macrium reflect v7.2 free.

When I installed the Samsung Magician software I realized that AHCI mode was not activated. So I went into the UEFI and turned AHCI mode on. I saved and rebooted the PC. On reboot what I got was a blue screen of death (BSOD). In the process, I lost my Boot manager and had a hard time reboting. Now, everything is screwed up. Sometimes the PC boots and sometimes it does not. It is a mess. It is not reliable at all. When it boots though, everything works normally. Every time, I just do not know if I will be able to reboot or not.

I did not know that I should have enabled the AHCI mode in the BIOS (or UEFI if you prefer) BEFORE installing Windows 10.

To solve the problem, I am thinking of running a restore with Macrium Reflect as I have an image of the boot drive dated the day PRIOR to the day I changed the AHCI mode in the UEFI. BEFORE I restore, I want to change the UEFI setting of AHCI mode to ON.

My question is this:

Question 1
If I do just that, will it save my butt ? I mean not have to re-install everything.

Question 2
Will windows install the necessary drivers for the AHCI mode (after the image is restored) or will it turn AHCI mode back to IDE... Read more

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I'm having nothing but epic failures when I try to image a Windows 8 box with Secure Boot enabled, that was installed using UEFI and has GPT partitions.

I can install using standard MBR, and disable Secure Boot and UEFI in the BIOS and I can restore that no problem.

However, I have been playing with Aomei, Macrium, EaseUs, etc to handle my image restores and not having any luck at all. Basically it's this thread that explains my issues almost perfectly.
Home user: Need Win 8 Disk Imaging solution with UEFI-compatible Startup Disks

I want to install Windows 8, using UEFI with Secure Boot, install patches, software, etc, then run sysprep, shut down, image and then deploy the image on the same make/model down the road.

The only real success thus far has been to load Windows 8, and then run imagex to capture a new wim and then install using that WIM. But that's a whole install, I'd rather just lay an image back down.

I've spent 4 full days working on this, and no luck

A:Anybody have luck imaging 8 with UEFI, GPT, Secure Boot?

I assume you can now get the recovery media to boot - but the restored images don't boot ?

I am pretty sure Paragon paid versions do that fine - I have no idea if the free version does.

In any case, it is only free for personal use.

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I have a paid for version of Acronis True Image Home 2010 that I have used for years with my Windows 7 box and it's been good.

I've also used Macrium Reflect Free, and today I tend to use AOMEI ddata backuper as it's free for personal and commercial use.

I have a new Dell laptop (with Windows 8), and thus far I have disabled the UEFI boot options and Secure Boot and use a classic setup. However, if I wanted to have a play with these other options to see what impact they would have on system performance, does anybody here know which of these drive imaging software packages would work?

I also have a desktop at work with all of these options (and that's likely where I will experiment). On that box, it's simple to drop in a test hard drive and whack away until I get it working. My laptop has an msata drive and I don't have any spares of these drives lying around.

A:Which imaging apps support UEFI, GPT and Secure Boot?

I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
Which is signed by Microsoft.

The only two 3rd party software that I know of, that fully supports Windows 8 is PARAGON 12 & SSR Desktop Edition, both are signed by Microsoft .
Paragon 12 & SSR have support for Windows 8 uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.

PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning

or could consider SSR Desktop Edition

* Now Released * Symantec System Recovery 2013 | Symantec Connect Community

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Hello, I have a Y720 tha comes with a 1x 129 GB M2 SSD and x1 HDD, in UEFI mode. I'm currently trying to replace the M2 SSD with a newly bougth Samsung 960 EVO M2 where I would like to install Windows 10 also in UEFI mode, as it has better power management than Legacy. But I have tried booting the Windows 10 installer USB stick and the laptop does not recognize in bios. I have created the usb stick with RUFUS 2.18 (latest), choosing UEFI + GPT and Fat32 file format. Before that I also tried restoring a system backup image I created from the former M2 using AOMEI Backupper but I couldn't boot the USB utility to do so either (the same happened: Bios does not recognise it, despite creating it choosing UEFI mode) Things I have tried: 1. Disabling secure boot (although the Secure Boot Status staed "Enabled", so I used the "REset Secure Boot mode" option too...)2. Chaging Optimal OS Setting to disabled in seetings, but still no use3. Using the Novo Button on the right part of the laptop. Of course, changing boot mode to Legacy would allow me to install Windows from USB ....but in Legacy mode, which I'm trying to avo So ...is there a way to boot a UEFI usb stick to install Windows in UEFI mode from it?  thanks!

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Hello all,

This is my first post. I am a Windows 7 user and now (against my will) Windows 8.

I bought an ASUS N76 laptop pre-loaded with Windows 8 so these are the new generation n76 series. The old ones come with Windows 7. Anyway...

I attempted to boot a Windows 7 ULT 64 install DVD but the install hangs on the Windows logo/flag. So...

- Windows is loading files is shown and hidden
- The animated Windows logo appears and then it just hangs....go figure

I have no idea what is going wrong. I went into the UEFI setup and the only option for my BR is EUFI boot.

I also added a "boot option" asking the EFI to boot "efi\microsoft\boot\boot.efi" or "\efi\microsoft\boot\boot.efi" but when selected (from Boot Override), the screen goes blank for a few seconds, the BR starts spinning and I am thrown back at the EFI so it looks like it cannot find the file. For path, I selected the BR device and at the end has a "\".

I have secure boot disabled. (yep, I have an option for that). So now I am left empty handed and I am stuck with Windows 8. I even put in a brand new SSD hoping I would install W7 on it but I can't even start the setup!! Argh....

I am very experienced with MBR and BIOS but I am a complete newbie to UEFI. I don't know what is going wrong and why the setup hangs....Ther... Read more

A:Asus N76 UEFI - W7 64 Install Hangs on Logo (DVD UEFI Boot)

Win8 PC's have Secure BIOS which must be disabled to install any other oS, then you can install in UEFI mode following these steps: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

If you want to bypass UEFI and install normally to an MBR drive the procedure is related here: MS new "Secure Boot" locked BIOS arrives

Other info on EFI:
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube
The 30-year-long Reign of BIOS is Over: Why UEFI W... - Input Output

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What is UEFI Boot Source means and why some people disable this feature?


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Trying to understand handshaking between UEFI & Win 7. Have Win7 Pro sp1 64 installed on SSD, mb=Asus F2A85-V Pro. Example: boot to flashdrive to do Acronis backup of SSD; remove SDD, insert spinner; boot again to flashdrive to do Acronis restore to spinner (to test backup); remove flashdrive, boot to UEFI, set UEFI spinner as default, save & reset; spinner starts boot (#1), Win logo shows briefly, reboots (#2) and shows Win repair/normal screen; choose normal; Windows desktop shows; new driver is loaded for spinner and asks for reboot (that part I understand); reboot (#3) starts and again briefly shows Win logo before yet again rebooting (#4) to the Win repair/normal screen; again choose normal & all is happy. But then I remove the spinner, insert the SSD, and have to go through the whole deal again. Why so many reboots?

Similarly, if I change any hd/flashdrive configuration, my UEFI boot selection is lost & I have to reset it again - sometimes with the multiple reboot scenerio, sometimes not. Sure wish I could force that the UEFI selection stay there as long as the selected drive is installed.

A:UEFI boot keeps changing; UEFI/Win7 handshaking confusion

Hello and welcome diana look I am having a little difficulty in following the train of the thread.

Now do you mean you just backed up the SSD to a USB stick ? then tried to transfer that USB stick back up to the spinner? If it was just a back up then I don't think it is going to work because it is only a backup.

To make the spinner the boot device I would be cloning the SSD to the spinner. I wouldn't mucking around with sticks as I cannot see why that is necessary.

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Windows 10 Pro
GA-X79-UD5 rev 1.0
40GB DDR3 Quad
512 SSD
GTX 1060

Upgraded Video Card from GTX 560 Ti to GTX 1060 Strix, machine boots but no video output or just black/blank screen.

Did a bit of online research and realize that two ways of fixing this
1. Change PCI setting to Legacy in BIOS/UEFI
2. Update to latest BIOS.

I decided to try and update BIOS to latest BETA (13w) using @bios from Windows. Everything went ok, reboots fine and still does now with Windows loading no problem, BUT i can't get to BIOS/UEFI???

All i get is the UEFI empty blue screen, no menus/options, just blank screen...

So i thought maybe i can reverse back to previous BIOS from windows but program wouldn't allow this. I tried sticking BIOS file in USB but the problem is i can't get to BIOS.

I Have tried running backup BIOS as board has two, but still same problem.

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The short answer to the headline?s question is that a UEFI scanner is all about helping you protect your computer against people who seek to take it over by abusing its Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). A successful attack on a system?s UEFI can give the attacker complete control of that system, including persistence: the ability to secretly maintain unauthorized access to the machine despite rebooting and/or reformatting of the hard drive.

As you can imagine, this form of persistence is not a virtue and can prolong the pain and inconvenience of a malicious code infection. If your security software only scan drives and memory, without scanning UEFI, it is possible to think you have a clean machine when you don?t, that?s why we recommend a security solution that scans it, like ESET.

Why does my device have a UEFI?

Computing devices work by executing code: the instructions that we call software and which make the hardware ? such as a laptop or smartphone ? do something useful. Code can be fed to the device in several ways. For example, it can be read from storage on a disk, held in memory, or delivered via a network connection. But when you power on a digital device it has to start somewhere (bootstrap), and that first piece of code is typically stored in a chip on the device. This code, referred to as firmware, may include a ?power-on self-test? or POST to make sure things are working correctly, followed by the loading into memory of the basic in... Read more

A:Fighting persistent malware with a UEFI scanner, or ‘What’s it all about UEFI?”

Isn't it the same as Avast's Boot time scan?
Edit: No it's not

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I need to change some setting in my UEFI/BIOS but it is stuck in ready only mode.
All options are blanked out except for "exit". How can I get it to let me edit the settings again?

A:Cannot change UEFI settings / UEFI stuck in read only mode

You may have to disable the "Secure Boot" option first.

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Hi all,

Currently having a wake on lan issue with a certain computer.

The machine is setup correctly but the windows boot information is stored in a 100mb UEFI partition, and when the computer wakes on lan, it will not boot windows, just sit at a blank screen.

When it wakes on lan it is trying to boot from the legacy device (same blank screen happens if you choose to boot from it from bios)

ive tried updating the bios but no luck, all settings seem to be as they should be.

Is there some trick to get it to load the UEFI MBR, or is there a safe way other then reformatting the machine to move the MBR over to the legacy device itself?

Thanks for any help.

A:Boot UEFI from wake on lan, or convert UEFI MBR to legacy.

Back up your files, unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup to enable Legacy BIOS. Next check BIOS Boot order for an EFI Boot Disk: remove it, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SEL DIS 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

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Hi guys,Just got an Aspire ES1-523. Was setting up for dual boot of Win10 and Linux Mint 18. Shrunk Win 10 partition from within windows to make room for Linux partitions. Got system to boot from UEFI USB and used gparted from Linux Mint Live to make and format new partitions, then installed Mint using new partitions for"/" and "swap".All seemed fine until reboot... Now boots to UEFI setup and exit from UEFI setup goes to boot and boots UEFI setup. I'm locked in a bit of a loop...How can I get the boot loader to point to Win 10 boot manager or grub2 boot manager instead of UEFI (bios) setup???

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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!

A: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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Hello to the forum. Thanks for the welcome. And thanks for pointing me in this subforum.

I have a notebook toshiba satellite L850-1HU with UEFI

Default is win 8 os, recently upgraded to 8.1.

Now I need to win 7.

I have a professional license N sp1 x64 and then supports UEFI

Is possible to combine the systems in dual boot and both in UEFI mode?

I see from your guides that for installation the UEFI is necessary partition in a certain way.
What should I do if I want to leave intact the UEFI partition of win 8 (5 partition)? I just make only space for win7(1 partition) that will use the same 4 partition UEFI of win 8 or i make other 5 partition???
And which of the two systems will handle the boot? I can decide I?

and the warranty? restores factory work?

If I change hdd, and install win 7, when I put the old hdd, it works as before removing it?

Sorry for the confusion! I hope you manage to understand me and help!

Ciao forum! E grazie! Saluti dall'Italia!

A:Satellite L850 & Win 8 UEFi: How dual boot UEFI win 7 ?

If I change hdd, and install win 7, when I put the old hdd, it works as before removing it?

Yes. This is how I do any OS tests\'dual boot'\experiments etc with zero chance of damage to the original boot OS\hd. Am keeping a bunch of old HD's for the purpose. The downside is the slight risk for some mechanic\connection problems, just be careful, remember to power down! So if you don't find it troublesome to switch HD's, IMO go ahead and try that route.

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A few months ago I purchased a new Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Small Form Factor desktop computer. It has Windows 7 Professional preinstalled.  I am thinking of updating to Windows 10. My M73 has a regular BIOS.  Can it be changed to UEFI, and would there be an advantage in doing so?Also, I am planning to install an SSD and move the OS to the SSD and use the HDD for extra storage. I think this would be a significant improvement to the system speed and faster boot up.  I have done it on older desktops I own.Thank you in advance to anyone with good advice.

A:M73 ThinkCentre: Can BIOS be changed to UEFI, and is there an advantage to UEFI?

M73 SFF (&Tower) does have a UEFI setting, it is not the default (compatibility mode).   I changed it to UEFI to boot a MemTest86 CD to run the latest v6 tests:  What's New in MemTest86 for the UEFI platform (Version 5 and later)? 
This describes the differences well:   differences-between-uefi-and-bios

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I am in the process of doing a number of clean installs. I am trying to make a decision as to whether or not to utilize the UEFI and Secure Boot modes which are available on the MBs.

It seems from an initial attempt, that I cannot simply use UEFI/GPT without turning on Secure Boot...that is one must NOT use CSM (turn it off) and USE Secure Boot. You cannot use UEFI without Secure Boot.

Is this correct? I am considering us9ng UEFI without Secure Boot because I hear it is faster.

However, I am concerned that I will run into all sorts of trouble turning Secure Boot on with respect to double booting Win 10...and additionally with creating images with Acronis.

I have been in the habit of creating a new PC with an extra drive with a cloned OS...then disconnecting the drive so that if the first OS drive fails, the person can boot up quickly with the other drive. I am concerned that there will be a problem with Secure Boot.

I mean, how many times have I been infected with a root kit.....some virus that take over at boot time...Answer...never since I started with PCs in 1991!

So, anyone really think Secure Boot is worth it?

A:UEFI/Secure Boot or not to UEFI/SB, that is the question..

Originally Posted by Andrew124C41

I am considering using UEFI without Secure Boot because I hear it is faster.

Secure Boot does not affect the speed of your computer.

Originally Posted by Andrew124C41

However, I am concerned that I will run into all sorts of trouble turning Secure Boot on with respect to double booting Win 10...and additionally with creating images with Acronis.

Windows 8/8.1/10 are compatible with the Secure Boot.

I don't know about Acronis True Image but Macrium Reflect is compatible with the Secure Boot.

Originally Posted by Andrew124C41

So, anyone really think Secure Boot is worth it?

It is a very important security feature.

Microsoft designed Secure Boot to protect the computer from low-level exploits and rootkits and bootloaders. A security process shared between the operating system and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI, replacing the BIOS), Secure Boot requires all the applications that are running during the booting process to be pre-signed with valid digital certificates. This way, the system knows all the files being loaded before Windows 8 loads and gets to the login screen have not been tampered with.

If a bootloader has infected your computer and it tries to load during the boot-up sequence, Secure Boot will be able to undo all the changes and thwart the ... Read more

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Dear Friends,

Long time reader of this forum but a first time poster, so please forgive me if this question has already been asked and answered.

Laptop: ASUS UX31A-DB71, latest BIOS: 218

Originally my laptop came with Windows 7 and when i looked at disk management my disks were formatted with UEFI schema. One of my friend gave me a UEFI bootable USB drive loaded with Windows 8. So, i thought why not give it a try. So, I created a backup of my OEM Windows 7 and saved the iso files in a seperate external HD (created twice just to be sure . Now, i decided to load the Windows 8. Booted into the BIOS and there is an option to select the USB drive along with the UEFI option for that USB drive. I selected the UEFI option but some reason it does not boot into UEFI. So i decided to select the standard USB install and this option let me install windows 8. In the process of installing i formatted the partitions and made a single partition and installed Windows 8 on it. I am guessing now the drive is not GPT but MBR. I also noticed that his installation USB disk had an option to select either 32bit or 64bit of Windows 8...I find this kind of odd. Would Microsoft create a same iso file with both versions? I am guessing he created the USB from a illegitimate source.
I am planning on purchasing Windows 8 Pro version as an iso but wanted to be confident that it would work with UEFI architecture.

1. Why would the system NOT boot from UEFI?
2. If I download the legitimate iso fr... Read more

A:UEFI USB Disk - Does not boot from UEFI Windows 8.

Welcome. Begin with Clean Install - Windows 8. See the UEFI links in the tutorial: How to Install Windows 8 Using "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface" (UEFI). You also will want to see this tutorial link: How to Do a Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.

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Hi everyone
Some people might like to test the possibilities of UEFI systems even though their current machines aren't equipped with it.

It IS possible to do this in a Virtual machine even if the HOST system is a non UEFI machine.

Edit Manually the VM configuration for the VM you want to test this feature with.

Add the following like to the .VMX (machine configuration file)
firmware = ?efi?

Note that you must do this BEFORE installing the VM and you can't change it afterwards.


A:Testing UEFI on a non UEFI system - Can be done in VMWARE

Thanks for the reminder Jimbo.

I had this posted a while back, works even on Player:
VMware Player with UEFI

Works like a charm.

There were no post reactions back there but I guess those who need this can easily and silently test it out.

You've mentioned it:

Note that you must do this BEFORE installing the VM and you can't change it afterwards.

Very important indeed because we know how easy it is to change settings on the go; unfortunately this settings aren't meant to be changed afterwards.


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Hello, i have HP Pavilion g6 1360su with Insyde H2O F.6A. I have downloaded and installed the HP UEFI Support Environment from here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-119351-1&cc=bg&dlc=bg&lc=en...=. Is my PC compatible with Windows 8 UEFI?

A:Is my PC UEFI Compatible and how to install Windows 8 UEFI

Please help me. The tool has created a new partition called HP_TOOLS. It's ok but how to do a clean install without deleting it. What should I do?

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Hello everyone
I am trying to make Windows 10 scripted installation with UEFI boot.
Every things works with normal Legacy mode in our environment and k2000.
I have made WINPE 10 boot file as a normal procedure with k2000 Media Manager (like in legacy mode). And uploaded it to k2000. Of cause I have re-cached my drivers when making new a boot source. 
I have setup our new DHCP so it can boot with UEFI and it works!, and I can see my boot sources when boot up the client in UEFI mode. 
Here comes the tricky part I can choose my newly created Windows 10 boot source with Dell's own WINPE10 drivers. Then it loads the Boot source file that I created but It stop at the Windows 10 logo it never loads the deployment menu like in legacy mode, so I cannot deploy a scripted installation.
I am stuck what could be wrong or what have I missed ? Please help


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I bought a new Asus desktop which came pre-installed with Windows 8. I've decided to ditch windows 8 and to install a SSD with windows 7 64 bit.

I noticed that my motherboard can handle UEFI and I went ahead and created a bootable USB with Win 7 64bit. When I go into BIOS I can see that it identifies the USB drive as a UEFI enabled device. I went ahead with the clean install of win 7.

This is where I'm confused. I followed the steps on this link
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

When it comes to seeing 3 partitions I only see 2.

I tried msinfo32 to see "BIOS mode" but even that option is not there. All I see is "BIOS Version/Date" and "SMBIOS Version"

I have a working Windows 7 but just want to know if I did the installation correctly or not.

A:UEFI USB Win 7 installed. How to check if it really is in UEFI?

If you correctly formatted the USB as shown in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
and booted it as a UEFI-labeled device, then deleted all partitions and let it create new, it should be UEFI.

Is there a partition labeled EFI in Disk Mgmt?

When you click on the Disk # panel to the left of the drive map, does it offer to convert to GPT or MBR? Dont' convert it, just look to confirm if it's GPT meaning UEFI install.

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Hello together, i have a problem with our System X3650 M4 Server, Machinetype Model: 5462G2G. I downloaded an imm and an uefi update file from the lenovo website.First i updated imm through the imm2 website remotly.Update did go as planned, i restarted th imm2 and after about 5 minutes the new imm2 was working an accessible,Then i tried to update the uefi bios from version 1.01 to 2.31 , also via the IMM2 -> Servermangement -> Server Firmware -> Firmware upgrade option.I Uploaded the new file lnvgy_fw_uefi_tce128i-2.31_anyos_32-64.upd, then started the upgrade process. It went through fine, and after the sucess information i was prompted to restart the OS.After 30 minutes, the server was still in System State = running in uefi mode.When i checked back to the server management -> Server firmware rab, it said UEFI Primary, Status pending, Version 2.31.Then i "powered off" the server, and restarted it 5 minutes later. All status boxes are green, but system status is still in "system running in UEFI " Mode, it wont start with the OS (VMware) Does anyone have an idea how to fix the problem. The Server also has a secondary bank with the old bios version  1.01 , how can i switch back to this backup BIOS? Many thanks in advance, i am getting a bit desperate here. The server should be operational tomorrow morning again.

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that failed Windows 10 anniversary update until UEFI secure boot was turned off. It apparently then completed but I cannot re-enable secure boot without the same boot problem advising
Recoveryyour pc/device needs to be repaired / during Windows 10 anniversary updateAn unexpected error has occurredError Code 0xc0000185you'll need to use recovery tools.   Is there a solution to enable UEFI secure boot ?
 I am using a Dell XPS 8700 pc with an SSD drive. The Windows 10 update was installingthen after one of the reboots the error above  The pc was running prior to the update and had UEFI OS , secure boot enabled,  no prior problems.I attempted to do any of the safe mode boots but none would proceed.Disabling the UEFI safe/secure boot mode apparently let the install continue and the das it did before with I believe completion of the installation of Windows 10 anniversary update.PC now shows Windows 10 home Ver 1607 ..
The problem returns if I enable UEFI secure boot and the PC stops. I would like to determine a wayto locate the problem or issue. related to the secure boot.  Using the media creation tool may justrepeat the problem once secure boot is re-enabled.
 Dell lists that they have tested XPS 8700 with this update and have not indicated problems no mention of secure boot issue.

A:XPS 8700 needed UEFI secure boot disabled to complete Windows 10 anniversary update can't enable UEFI secure boot now

If your computer was running WIndows 10 without any issues prior to downloading the Anniversary update, then you would not have had to change any settings in the bios to install the update.The UEFI and Secure Boot settings are to enable booting with a USB or DVD to install Windows.
Disable Legacy Boot Mode and Enable UEFI
Start the computer and TAP the F2 key to enter the bios. Once in the bios Press F9 to Restore the bios to the Default Settings. F10 to save changes and exit. You could have a hardware problem. To run a hardare diagnostics on the computer you would start the computer and TAP the F5 key. Insert a cd/dvd in the optical drive for running the diags.

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that failed Windows 10 anniversary update until UEFI secure boot was turned off. It apparently then completed but I cannot re-enable secure boot without the same boot problem advising
Recoveryyour pc/device needs to be repaired / during Windows 10 anniversary updateAn unexpected error has occurredError Code 0xc0000185you'll need to use recovery tools.   Is there a solution to enable UEFI secure boot ?
 I am using a Dell XPS 8700 pc with an SSD drive. The Windows 10 update was installingthen after one of the reboots the error above  The pc was running prior to the update and had UEFI OS , secure boot enabled,  no prior problems.I attempted to do any of the safe mode boots but none would proceed.Disabling the UEFI safe/secure boot mode apparently let the install continue and the das it did before with I believe completion of the installation of Windows 10 anniversary update.PC now shows Windows 10 home Ver 1607 ..
The problem returns if I enable UEFI secure boot and the PC stops. I would like to determine a wayto locate the problem or issue. related to the secure boot.  Using the media creation tool may justrepeat the problem once secure boot is re-enabled.
 Dell lists that they have tested XPS 8700 with this update and have not indicated problems no mention of secure boot issue.

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A year later, and I discover again that I STILL cannot boot from a non-UEFI CD on my UEFI Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit Dell Optiplex 7010 MT even though "Enable Legacy ROMs" is ENABLED in the BIOS and Secure Boot is OFF.

My original details are here - Cannot boot from CD-DVD in LEGACY mode - NOT Secure Boot NOT UEFI - General Hardware - Desktop - Dell Community

That thread from a year ago describes the issue but then goes off on a tangent into my (successful) experience in establishing dual-booting, but THIS ISSUE remains. My Dell Optiplex 7010 MT (which is now dual-booting Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit) will NOT BOOT a legacy CD that is not UEFI even though "Enable Legacy ROMs" is CHECKED in the BIOS and Secure Boot is OFF. (My BIOS is A20.)

What is the fix??

Please reply here, not in my old Dell thread above. Thanks.

A:STILL cannot boot a non-UEFI CD on my UEFI Win 7 64-bit - any fix ??

Update - I have now made TWO bootable CDs of Macrium Reflect. These two CDs show the problem.

First, in my old Dell Optiplex 755 Win XP Pro SP3 32-bit machine, I installed Macrium Reflect Free and made a bootable CD with the included Win PE. I assume it will boot in my XP machine. However, that CD will NOT boot in my other PC, which is my Dell Optiplex 7010 MT that dual-boots Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit, even though the BIOS in this Dell Optiplex 7010 MT ENABLES Legacy ROMs.

Second, in that other PC (my Dell Optiplex 7010 MT that dual-boots Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit and Win 10 Pro 64-bit), I again installed Macrium Reflect Free (with 64-bit architecture) and made a new bootable CD (with the lowest level of Win PE, which is 3.1), and that CD WILL boot in that second machine.

Why are we being tortured this way? I have other bootable CDs from my XP days - is there any way to get them to boot in the second (Win 7 Pro 64-bit) PC?


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I will be replacing (Upgrading) the motherboard (and CPU) in my desktop in the near future. The current Win 10 is not UEFI. Can it be converted to UEFI (GPT) or do I have to do a "clean" install to get UEFI? I assume the answer is NO, but wanted to check.

A:Convert Non UEFI to UEFI?

Yes it is possible. see this

Convert BIOS to UEFI

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Hey guys,

Just a question - When you Image a Drive and Restore from it does it cause any Errors like the Activation key or Registry ...etc?

Also If not is there any software that you could Recommend to use?

Many Thanks,

A:HDD Imaging?

The image should be a complete replica, its like a picture.
I would suggest macrium reflect.

If you have any questions on Macrium, I will get the help of an expert in the area to answer your questions.

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can someone recommend a real simple computer imaging program. i dont want anything that takes up alot of resources like ghost or similar.

i just want something easy to use and that can be bootable.

i do backups periodically for a few PC's and want something thats easy to create an image and drop and image;

Thanks in advance

A:PC imaging

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

Farstone Driveclone Express
Macrium Reflect
Paragon Drive Backup Express
Clonezilla (Bare-metal restoration from image)
Dubaron Diskimage
EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Drive Image XML
Partition Saving
PCI CloneMaxx
copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

Commercial Apps:

Paragon Drive Backup
Easy Image
[email protected] Disk Image
O&O DiskImage
Acronis True Image Home
Farstone Drive Clone (Drive image, snapshots, file/folder backups.)
EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
Drive Snapshot
ShadowProtect (Also online backups.)
Keriver Image
Avanquest Copy Commander
Paragon Drive Backup
R-Drive Image
Norton Ghost
HDClone Pro or Enterprise
Terabyte Image for Windows
Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup

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I'm continuing to learn about imaging, a topic I've previously neglected. In addition to a couple of images I've made using the Win 10 facility (strangely accessed via File History?) I've just made another with a program called DataNumen Disk Image:

This no-brainer (the kind of tool I like!) makes images in ISO format. The Win 10 images I made were about 110 GB in size (roughly the capacity I've used on the SSD C: drive) but the DataNumen ISO is reported as 257 GB. The SSD is '256 GB' so am I right that the ISO has to be the same size, empty space and all?

Is that the key downside of this utility?

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

A:Imaging to an ISO?

Hi, I can't speak for that particular program- disk images are usually compressed, and most programs support different compression levels. So a base image may be about half the size of the source data, as a very rough guide.

Subsequent updates will be faster and smaller:
differential images are directly related to the base image, being the changes from the base image.
incremental images are typically smaller than differential images, relying on all incremental images subsequent to the base image and reflecting the change since the previous incremental image, assuming there is one.

Expect there to be a boot medium provided- which you need e.g. if your PC is unbootable.

Macrium Reflect (free/commercial) is often recommended here; Veeam Endpoint has been mentioned (free/commercial); others use Aomei or Easeus Todo Backup, some the rather bulky (my opinion!) Acronis TI, and there's O&O Disk Image and Paragon.

I've found some bugs or issues with Aomei in particular cases.

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Q: Imaging

My Macrium image shows 13 GB and my EaseUs shows 25 GB . What could be the problem?
Thank you


EaseUs Todo free I use.. think its default is no compression.. then it has a medium and also high compression options.. They do make a huge difference in backup file size.

just looked .. main image is 20gb.. where as my c drive is 52 .. on medium compression. It does amazingly fast incremental image backups. Little while ago less than 2 minutes. And 30 seconds on a file/folder no compression backup incremental separately.

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Q: Imaging

My Macrium image shows 13 GB and my EaseUs shows 25 GB . What could be the problem?
Thank you


EaseUs Todo free I use.. think its default is no compression.. then it has a medium and also high compression options.. They do make a huge difference in backup file size.

just looked .. main image is 20gb.. where as my c drive is 52 .. on medium compression. It does amazingly fast incremental image backups. Little while ago less than 2 minutes. And 30 seconds on a file/folder no compression backup incremental separately.

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my ide drive died but I have images to restore - can I restore these images on SATA drives if my imaging program provides for HIR (Hardware Independant REstore)?

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I have two questions...one is, is there a tutorial on how to use ghost in Windons XP, I do have Ghost but I need a tutorial so I can practice to image the OS .
My second question is how can I go to DOS to use ghost from my PC I try to reset my pc but can't find the way to go to DOS
Thank you guys!!

A:Imaging Os

Hi, it depends on what version of ghost you have to get a tutorial. You dont need dos you need to know how to use sysprep.http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457073.aspxhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577

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Is it possible to image a HD on to multiple DD (Double density) cdrs? I mean image it EXACTLY... with hidden diagnostic/boot partition and everything. I need to back up a drive onto cd and if anything goes wrong I don't have the win cd anymore for it and don't want to put Me on it, (which I unfortunately have) and so backing up on a different disk doen't preserve the hidden partition. I am hoping to make a sorta "quick restore" so that I can use the cds as the image drive possibly with the HD software that came with the drive, should I need it someday.

A:HD imaging

YES YOU CAN!! Programs like Ghost and most others do support disk spanning. You could just create the image and just use a program like Winrar or WInAce to chunk it up and save it across multiple CD's. There are lots of options. Why do you need that hidden partition anyway,,,just save your C: drive as an image.

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Which program would you guys reccomend to image my HD onto a external?

A:HD imaging?

Greetings aznmagic2015,

Try either of these articles that will assist you.

1. How to Backup your boot hard drive here.

or this one...

2. How to copy your operating system from one hard drive to another here.

Have a look at both of them and post back with any further thoughts/queries/concerns.

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Hi I'm planning to create an image for my XP through sysprep. I was wondering what imaging tool should i user?

I would be interested in saving my image on an external usb hard drive.

A:Imaging XP

Hello Animesh. Here is an article that discusses this scenario in detail including the free and paid alternatives available for the job. Please read it and see if you get what you need. If not, then let me know and I will try to search for it again.

Good Luck.

-- Novic

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Q: Imaging

I may be asking in the wrong area,this is more of a program question...I hope someone can help.
I have a few pics in me e-mail account that are JPG files.When I move them to 'MY Picture' files they become bitmap images and can't be up/l to my internet group. How do I change my settings to compensate for the change,or can I ???
Thanks for any feedback.


Gee Whiz
When you are moving these Jpeg's from you e-mail to your pictures folder right click on image select save as and make sure you select the jpeg format not the bmp.

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Q: imaging

I see where macrium is charging now. I have all my images with them but 80$ per pc per year is steep for a retiree. It will be a lot of work to switch.
Aomei and paragon are free but they soon will follow Acronis and macrium if I have any business sense.
I was thinking about Win 7 native imaging program but i read it has limits like only one backup.
Maybe I can retrieve the last macrium image which is clean and update it then image it with both Win and Aomei. If the latter changes I still have Windows. Any observations?


Care to point us to where you got that information on Macrium?

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Hello Everyone im new to Tech Forum and have a burning question hope its in the correct place.

I am used to running images of operating systems from disk but i have been tasked to role out images of Win 7 Student onto Netbooks.

I know i will will to do this over a network which i have set up a basic network running static IP to cut cost of running a server OS with DHCP installed.

The company have asked me to take the Netbooks to XP Pro from Win 7 Starter and then upgrade to Win 7 student for cost and licencing.

This has completely baffled me and i may be being blind or looking into it more complicated than it really is but any advise would be much appreciated.



A:Win 7 imaging

Hello and welcome, Dan.

I think I understand what they want done. Take a look at the chart here: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

As far as I know, 7 Student is just like 7 Starter but with a student discount. Because of this, you can't really upgrade from Starter to Student. If you were using a full installation instead of an upgrade, you could simply install the new Windows 7 Student over the current Starter version.

Rolling back to XP means that you can perform an "upgrade" to any version of Windows 7, but it's more like a clean install.

If you still have questions, feel free to ask.


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Q: imaging

I want to put images in forums and blogs of my own making. Do anyone know how and what software or free websites that I can make them in? Thanks!!


The free Microsoft Paint program is usually a standard part of any MS-Windows and allows you to save your creation as a GIF or JPEG files that are typically used for posting on sites. If you need to create better graphics than what can be done in Paint, it might help if you gave us an idea (and maybe links to examples) of the kinds of graphics you wish to create.

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A new 2015 Toshiba laptop with Win 8.1 acquired to day, four hours ago
- my faithful 2012 Toshiba is near on its knees after a bad experience with Kaspersky that has screwed 2 Win7 PCs

For about 2 years I have been subscribed to Imaging threads at sevenforums.com ... but never the time to try it.
- and a coward worried about stuffing it up.

Q1: Can a Win8.1 PC be imaged along the lines of Win 7 ... or is it a different process in Win8.1 ?
Q2: Am I right in assuming that Win8.1 can be downgraded to Win7 ?
Q3: Toshiba came with 2 year warranty ... this might influence on downgrading to Win7 and/or imaging Win8.1 ?

While the new Tosh is still in the box I assumed this would be the best time to create an image etc
- like step off on the right foot for easier maintenance in the longer term
- and I thought my grandkids were going to inherit my Win7 machines

I would appreciate any advice ... thank you

A:Imaging Win 8.1

Before doing an imaging I'd use the built-in procedure the OEMs provide to create the factory restore discs that can be used to put the computer back to its as-shipped/as-received condition if the HDD fully crashes and the restore partition on it can't be used. There usually is a prompt during setup to create those discs or look for a Folder on the Start menu probably with the name of the brand or maybe one of the popular CD/DVD burning programs. Or you have have a choice of creating a USB Thumb/Flash drive instead of DVDs

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I have a desktop with Windows 7 & a 1TB HDD, and everything is on the HDD. If I want to add an SSD & put the OS & some programs on it is there an easy way to do that? Perhaps copying all the data folders to an EHD & then making an image of the stripped down HDD & restoring that to an SSD? And then putting the data folders back onto the HDD?

Or do I have to start from scratch & re-install a fresh copy of Win7 to the SSD?

A:Re-imaging to an SSD

If your present drive is 1 TB and it is one big partition you may be better off reinstalling Win 7 on the SSD instead of trying to image the original drive. The original 1TB may have to much data on it and won't fit on the SSD.

Yes install a fresh clean copy of Win 7 and programs on the SSD.

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For many years I have successfully used Terabyte Unlimited's Image For Windows to write and restore images of Windows operating systems. Not being an MS product, perhaps this esoteric question is inappropriate. But since an answer to my problem has not been forthcoming in other forums - over many months - and it is alleged that Win 8 design may be the cause, I fish for insights here...

With the advent of Windows 8, an image created on a SATA drive while running Win 8 will, when restored, "dirty" the NTFS on that partition, and occasionally badly corrupt other partitions as well. This has occurred in every incarnation of W8, from CPV through RTM. Very knowledgeable Terabye support cites the following cause...

" The corruption issue via hibernation (fast startup) has to do with booting
> between windows versions when one hibernates and shares partition with the
> other windows version, in that case coming out of hibernation, that windows
> version doesn't remount the partitions and instead assumes nothing has
> changed on any of the partitions (a flawed design).

So, using Windows 8 toggles, I disabled hibernation, hybrid sleep and fast start up - to no effect. Corruption persists - every time. And the two Windows versions here do not share a partition; they are on entirely separate drives. (How can two O/S share a partition?)

Though the image passes validation, the fault seems to occur during imaging, and only becomes evident upon restor... Read more

A:Imaging 8 with IFW

hi, i have more or less the same problem. i multi boot with terabyte bootit and many operating system and the 'dirty' partition thing has just started since installing windows 8.
windows 8 itself only found a problem 1 time and i had the new blue screen but it never managed to repair anything.
i image the partitions with acronis true image and that has always been ok from either windows.
i seems that the quick start is just too quick and does not unmount/mount/check other partitions properly.

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my old hard drive that has been my OS drive for years wont cut it.
I have an image of my OS but i don't know how to 'image' or install it on the SSD without my cd drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:Imaging a NEW os to ssd.

You might be able to save the file to a pendrive... can't you use a dvd drive?
Where do you have that image??

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