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ASUS K75DE Windows 8 & 7 dual boot, unexpected BIOS prob

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    Win 8, Win 7, Ubuntu 12.10

    ASUS K75DE Windows 8 & 7 dual boot, unexpected BIOS prob


    Alright guys, here is the scoop. I just got a refurbished ASUS K75DE laptop, and it came with Win8 on it. I am wanting to run a dual boot with Win7, so I disabled fast-boot just fine, and went into the UEFI BIOS and disabled the secure boot.

    While I was there, I did like I have always done and set a BIOS boot-up password. I then proceed to boot to my Win7 installer USB Flash drive, but I was running low on battery power so I aborted the install and shut the computer down to try again later.

    Now however when I get into BIOS to select boot priority, all options are grayed out except for system time and a few other non-essentials. At the bottom of the first BIOS screen it says "User Level : User" and I can't seem to find a way to reverse this issue. So now I'm stuck, can't boot to anything but the HDD because it is first by default.

    I know this is a Windows 8 forum, but I have literally spent 6 hours Googling this problem and have made no gains. I did update my BIOS version to the latest because someone said they couldn't change any boot order options, but it made no change.

    Please help! Any ideas might prove helpful. I've been posting all over the net on forums seeking a solution. Any info or clarification you need, just let me know.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You might have to call Asus on that, I use Asus MBs and that's never happened to me. You should have been prompted to enter your password upon entering the BIOS. There should be a way to enter the password you set.

    Can you re-install your current BIOS? That might reset it.
    Last edited by XweAponX; 15 Dec 2013 at 16:04. Reason: type-O
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    Win 8, Win 7, Ubuntu 12.10


    The password portion works, I have to enter it on every boot now, like I should. But I cannot disable the password, only change it, and there is also the issue of not being able to change any other BIOS options.

    I've looked for a BIOS reinstall option, but all I can find are ways to update it.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ok - Change the password to nothing, that should release it. Enter the old password in the Old Password area, then leave the rest of it blank.

    You can re-install a BIOS the same way as updating it. Download the BIOS file, and either use the BIOS utility on the MB, or use the executable file from within Windows. There may also be a valid BIOS update as well.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Now however when I get into BIOS to select boot priority,
    No need, use the One Time Boot Menu.

    Try clearing your BIOS. to Factory Defaults.

    How To Clear CMOS (Reset BIOS)
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I know his laptop, I set one up and getting into BIOS is easy. But your advice is sound, I;ve done it myself a few times.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I own a K75DE, and yes as stated, go to change password and leave the new password field blank. ESC is the key for the one time boot option.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Your going to want to make your recovery media as installing Windows 7 is going to break the link from the F9 key to the recovery utility. Its likely also going to make Windows 8 unbootable. Normally you would install the Windows 7 first then Windows 8. Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yes, good advice Alpha - Do that, guy.

    I only had it for a week, so I'm maybe not as familiar as Alpha probably is.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The only problem is mine didn't come with any utility to burn a recovery disk set. Tech support sent me a Windows 7 utility that wouldn't work in Windows 8. My only option was to use the Windows 8 Recovery utility in control panel and check the option to copy the factory recovery partition to the thumb drive. Once I swapped in my SSD that thumb drive was pretty well useless, it wouldn't Reset to the SSD so I had to do a clean install. New ASUS laptop has no recovery disk utlity!
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