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Cannot boot to Windows Repair disk

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Cannot boot to Windows Repair disk


    On my friend's Dell Inspiron laptop, Windows 8 will not boot. I want to boot to the repair disk to restore an image I had created. F12 on boot does not show the DVD drive as an option. I went into Setup/Boot and disabled Secure Boot, still did not show the DVD as a boot option. I went back to Setup and selected Boot List Option>Legacy. Now it shows the DVD drive as an option to boot. I booted the repair dis, went through all the dialogs to select the image I had created, but when it goes to restore it it says it cannot because the image was made in UEFI, and it is now set for BIOS.

    I went back into Setup/Boot and I see that the option Load Legacy Option ROM is now Enabled, it did it on its own. As a test I set it back to the defaults and re did it as above, and again it automatically changes Load Legacy Option ROM, which I assume is what is creating the problem.

    So my question is what do I need to do to boot from the Windows Repair Disk?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Vincenzo; 26 Dec 2013 at 15:30.

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Sounds like a firmware issue. Perhaps there is an update available from Dell. Worth checking their site.

    Load Legacy Option ROM, which I assume is what is creating the problem
    Yes,probably.

    Is there an F12 option for pop up boot menu on that machine?

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  3. #3


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    Yes there is, does not show the DVD drive though.
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  4. #4


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Quite strange. I recall there was Dell update connected with efi booting dvd , can't remember much else about it. Perhaps worth checking Dell site to see.

    Another possibility:Which repair disc do you mean?

    Seems unlikely the cd/dvd does not have efi bootsector.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    It is the Windows 8 Repair Disk. But the issue is not the disk, never even gets that far. Boot from optical disk is not available.
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  6. #6


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


    Is the Windows 8 Repair Disk x64 for UEFI.

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  7. #7


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    Windows 8 Pro


    No it was created on a Win 8 computer running legacy bios.
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  8. #8


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


    You need the Windows 8 Repair Disk x64 UEFI.
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  9. #9


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


    Did your friend make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    Windows 8 Dell Backup and Recovery - Windows 8 - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community
    http://www.dellbackupandrecovery.com/en-us/Index.html

    Downloading and Installing Dell Backup and Recovery 1.5 on Windows 8 - YouTube


    How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
    Manuals | Dell US




    Dell Windows 8 Recovery.
    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 Seconds - YouTube
    Recovering Windows using the Dell Direct USB Key - YouTube
    Dell Direct USB Key Solution - YouTube
    Dell Recovery Mode - Making Recovery CD - YouTube
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  10. #10


    Posts : 299
    Windows 8 Pro


    OK I tried it with a Win 8 repair disk made on a UEFI computer, and it booted from it. I've restored the image. Thanks for your help.
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