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  1. #31


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    Thanks everyone.

    Windows Image Backup looks much better so I'll replace the Easeus with that. Still waiting for my Paragon key.

    FYI Secure Boot on this Asus K55 lappy turned off by choosing the BIOS Security setting below it for Secure Boot Control, described as something for "flow control." It is the only SB setting it would let me disable and when I did and booted back in both were disabled.

    Is there any way to modify my NTFS WIn7 64 bit installer flash stick to use it to install the Dual Boot? I see it needs FAT32 otherwise.

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  2. #32


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If you want to do it the efi way - you need FAT formatted usb. Bit of a pain.
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  3. #33


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


    or use the DVD.
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  4. #34


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    Nothing in the Manuals or anything much I can find online refers to the 16gb Recovery Drive it offers to make under Recovery. I went ahead and sacrificed my installer stick for this since i have others, and it confirms it is copying the Recovery partition, but I can't find anything on the web about how this is run to recover to Factory condition.

    I assume its bootable since it formats the stick wiping everything out. Anyone familar with it? I wonder why Asus keeps it such a big secret.
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    It should be bootable.
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  6. #36


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    The Recovery Drive stick completed and even said I could delete the Recovery partition with a link to do so, which of course I didn't do.

    Good thing too since it doesn't show up in boot menu even when CSM and PXE OpROM are enabled in BIOS. I'm not sure how to get it to show up. Is it meant to be run from the Advanced Boot options because nothing there recognizes it either?
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  7. #37


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    The One Time Boot Menu should show the DVD/USB as UEFI bootable.

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    Should also show in Boot Over Ride.
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  8. #38


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    I couldn't find anything about the Asus Recovery Drive stick in their Manuals, literature, online search, etc. So I decide to try their Tech Support. Both chat and phone are atrocious. They have no idea how Recovery Media is generated for the PC model, claiming randomly that it is an 8 System Image, AI Recovery disk creator (not even on the Win8 machines), limited to Windows Reset. No one knows anything about the USB Recovery drive.

    Now I see why our Forums are so successful.

    I have overridden Secure Boot and enabled CSM, but stick still doesn't show up in BIOS or Boot Menu. Just found a buried Tom's post saying to find the Recov Drive stick under Boot Override in Setup. If that doesn't work I'll rewrite the stick.

    Win8 imaging won't save Recovery partition so I'll wait for Paragon to get all partitions in an image.

    Next I tried the UEFI-formatted Win7 flash stick install to a partition shrunk from C, and am getting "error occurred while attempting to read the boot config data" from EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD. Does the file copied to desktop from install.wim and renamed need to be deleted from .wim archive after it is copied to efi/boot?
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  9. #39


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    Use Windows 7 File Recovery Image (see Control Panel) instead.

    It works, all system partitions are included by default and the recovery one is selectable.

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    Too bad they will remove this feature in the next Windows version, because I got used to it.
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  10. #40


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    Spent all day getting Paragon Boot Media made to have a secondary backup of entire HD.

    Now installing Win7 in UEFI mode. When clicking Next after selecting pre-formatted Win7 target partition it warns that "the partitions are not in the recommended order for GPT disk" but lets me continue with install anyway.

    Is this a known issue which might cause problems if I decide to wipe the Win7 and Win8 clean reinstall partitions to Extend C and take back the PC? If the wireless speed (40 kbps Download, 10gb Upload) cannot be resolved in Networking thread I have then I will prob do that anyway.
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