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MSDart for Windows 8 does not recognize OS

  1. #1

    Posts : 57
    Windows 8

    MSDart for Windows 8 does not recognize OS

    I have the version of MSDART for Win8. (I forget which version number that is.) I have created the USB boot disk for it.

    It will boot into the MSDART environment, but many of the tools don't work (such as regedit, system restore, SFC, etc.), as it doesn't seem to recognize my installed (legal) Win 8 Pro (all the latest updates). (I forget what the error message is, but something about not having found an OS.)

    I thought it worked earlier, but I don't recall for sure.

    I wonder if it could be due to the following. The computer (Lenovo X230 notebook) came with Win8 installed on the installed HDD, which is listed in the BIOS as Drive 0. I installed an mSATA SSD, and did a clean install of the OS on it, and formatted the HDD, which I use for storage. The BIOS clearly lists the SSD as the boot drive, and it boots up fine from it. (It is listed in the BIOS as drive 2, however.)

    When I boot into MSDART, I can still use Explorer in it. I noticed (although I had chosen the option to keep the same drive letters as the OS, but I guess since it did not recognize the OS) that the hard drive is listed as Drive C: in it, and the SSD is Drive D:.

    Therefore, I am wondering whether MSDART only looks for the OS on the HDD (listed as Drive 0 in the BIOS), even though the BIOS also lists the SSD as the boot drive?

    Is there a way to fix that strange behavior?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    How did you make the ISO or CD/DVD?
    What version Legacy x32, Legacy x64, or UEFI x64?
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  3. #3

    Posts : 57
    Windows 8

    I forgot to mention, my Win8 Pro OS is X64, and yes, the BIOS is UEFI.

    I don't recall how I made the USB boot disk, although I am sure I followed the given instructions in doing so. If there were options to choose X64 and UEFI, I would have chosen them, per my system.

    By the way, I do not have SecureBoot enabled, although I don't think that would make any difference for an MSDART Win8 UEFI boot.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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