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How to boot new laptop from external USB drive ?

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    All 3rd party software, bootable CD/DVD/USB disks, which fully supports Windows 8/8.1, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft, will boot with Secure Boot ENABLED.

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    Good info here!
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    I found out this laptop does have the option to disable secure boot, and we disabled it.
    That solves the "security policy" issue when trying to boot from the external DVD with a Macrium Rescue disc.
    However, it hangs when trying to boot into Macrium, so we can't get to the Macrium window.

    I downloaded the Macrium ISO from whs's Skydrive at
    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
    I burned the bootable ISO DVD with the Win 8 built-in burner and ImgBurn, both discs hang.

    With Win 8 do we need to use a bootable USB flash drive for this?

    I found this tutorial, so that would be my next attempt to try and get a "Recovery ability" on this laptop.
    MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Do not use the Windows 7 version of Macrium Rescue disc, which will use WinPE3, you need WinPE5.

    Click image for larger version
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    i think i got your problem
    you should get to the BIOS and the change the priority of the booting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaref View Post
    i think i got your problem
    you should get to the BIOS and the change the priority of the booting
    No you are completely wrong. You need to change BIOS to boot from USB if that is what you want to do and you must also turn off secure boot if your boot CD or USB is not signed by MS.
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    Thanks to everyone for helping.

    I created several "boot media" on my old W7 desktop and can boot from them:
    - A CD with the Rescue.iso created by Macrium and burned with Imgburn
    - A CD with the Macrium WinPE 5.2.iso downloaded from whs Skydrive and burned with Imgburn
    - A USB Flash drive with YUMI with both ISOs

    I had to rename Macrium WinPE 5.2.iso to MWPE52.iso to get the YUMI bootloader to work.

    I couldn't get her Lenovo W8 laptop to boot from any external media.

    I suggested she take it back to Best Buy and let them figure it out.
    She has 15 days where she can return it, and that time is running out.

    I don't have a problem with MS or any vendor protecting against piracy.
    But if the protection prevents honest people from using a PC easily, I do have a problem with that.
    IMHO It should not be this difficult for a user to create a "recovery system", for both a restore to factory condition, and restore last good system backup image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Thanks to everyone for helping.

    I created several "boot media" on my old W7 desktop and can boot from them:
    - A CD with the Rescue.iso created by Macrium and burned with Imgburn
    - A CD with the Macrium WinPE 5.2.iso downloaded from whs Skydrive and burned with Imgburn
    - A USB Flash drive with YUMI with both ISOs

    I had to rename Macrium WinPE 5.2.iso to MWPE52.iso to get the YUMI bootloader to work.

    I couldn't get her Lenovo W8 laptop to boot from any external media.

    I suggested she take it back to Best Buy and let them figure it out.
    She has 15 days where she can return it, and that time is running out.

    I don't have a problem with MS or any vendor protecting against piracy.
    But if the protection prevents honest people from using a PC easily, I do have a problem with that.
    IMHO It should not be this difficult for a user to create a "recovery system", for both a restore to factory condition, and restore last good system backup image.
    You need to make the "boot media" on a Windows 8/8.1 x64 installed PC.
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    The media was created on the Win 8.1 laptop that she is using.

    I don't have Win 8.
    I tested the best I could, on my Win 7 PC to see if I had issues creating and using Macrium bootable media.
    I'm helping this person remotely via Teamviewer, so I don't have hands on access to the Win 8 laptop.
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    I have tested Macrium bootable media, made on a Windows 8.1 PC, will boot fine.

    To check.
    1) USB Boot mode must be UEFI.
    2) Must be made with WinPE5.
    3) USB drive must be formatted to FAT32.
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