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    win 8.1

    win 8 Crashed


    Hey all I have been running in circles for quite some time with this problem. I work at a computer shop and have been dreading the day we get a win 8 pc in that has a failed hard drive and no way to access the UEFI settings. This was a horrible design that you have to boot win 8 to be able to access bios settings at all.

    My question is basicly that I have a toshiba brick with usb recovery (not an image) and no way to boot to it to recover to a new HDD. I am howerever able to boot to a cd. I have attempted to use ubuntu to get to bios but have not been able to. Any help on this matter would be great. I am ready to pull my hair out at this point.

    Thanks in advance for any help on the matter.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1


    Can you get into bios F2 by booting from a win 7 disc?

    You can then change it to safe boot mode, change UEFI to CSM, save.

    Then boot it up as win 7 and redo a win 8 upgrade?
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    Posts : 4
    win 8.1


    I have tried every (f) key combination plus del esc all the normal buttons that get you into bios but I have not found 1 that would work. I even went as far as to try and boot a win 8 cd but the boot to uefi settings option is gone???
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    Windows 8.1


    When you boot from a CD what screen Do you get to?
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    Posts : 4
    win 8.1


    Depends on the disk I boot to. If I put in a windows disk it just boots straight to whatever version I put in. I also attempted to boot to ubuntu and was able to boot it but didnt get me any further than I was on windows. Do you know of any command I could use to get there. I am able to boot to the repair options and get to a command line.
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    Windows 8.1


    if you can get to a command prompt type: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy and it will enable the F8 key option during boot.

    After you repair the system, from command prompt type: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard to get it back to normal boot mode.
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    win 8.1


    That would be a great work around but the original hdd is mechanically failed. We had to put a new HDD in and we only have a usb recovery that wont boot. I cant get into bios to change boot from disk to boot from usb. Im going to try and just install a trial version of windows 8 just to get to uefi and then boot to the usb and do another install of the correct OS. Very annoying I dont understand why MS did this at all. This is a massive oversight IMO.
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