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I cannot get into Advanced Startup after Windows Reinstall

  1. #1


    Posts : 86
    Windows 8 Home Premium

    I cannot get into Advanced Startup after Windows Reinstall


    Hello,

    A few days ago I reinstalled Windows due to some problems, all resolved now. However, a new problem has occurred. When I go to Advanced Startup and click "Restart Now" to go into the advanced startup mode, it doesn't work. The computer restarts and simply goes back to the log in screen. I need to boot from a USB drive to test some things, and I cannot do it. I also tried changing the boot order, so my Flash Drive boots first, but it simply skips it and goes straight into Windows.

    The Advanced Startup worked just fine before the reinstall and I need help to get this working again. I looked online and found a possible solution by disabling "Secure Boot" in BIOS. I did it with no avail.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 86
    Windows 8 Home Premium


    No clue what is wrong.
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    UEFI BIOS? Windows installed in UEFI Mode? What's on the thumb drive and is it bootable?
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    I have Ultimate Boot CD on the USB. Unsure what you mean in the other question. I guess my BIOS is UEFI, how do I tell?
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    UEFI BIOS uses Secure boot. If your BIOS is UEFI and Secure Boot is enabled that's likely why you can't boot from your USB thumb drive. Secure boot is blocking it. You'll need to enter the BIOS and see if you can turn Secure Boot off. Then try booting from your thumb drive again. Once done with all that turn Secure Boot back on.
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    Yes, like I said in my Original Post I tried turning Secure Boot off. It did not help. The BIOS does not even recognize my USB drive, but when I log into Windows it is recognized right away. I have "Press F12 for Boot Manager" turned on also. So when I boot I can simply click F12 and select my USB device to boot from. However, the USB device is not recognized at all. I have a feeling the problem is not the USB because I cannot get into the Advanced Startup setting either.

    Charms Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings > Update and Recovery > Recovery > Advanced Startup "Restart Now"

    When I select Restart Now to enter Advanced Startup, the system reboots and goes straight back to the login screen. However, before the Windows Reinstall it would go to Advanced Startup like it was suppose to.
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Do you get the boot to UEFI option shown here in step 6? UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8

    EDIT: Forgot to add, I somehow missed where you mentioned turning Secure Boot off in your first post. My bad.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Win 8.1


    I ve had the same problem, just sorted it out this morning, try using a program called "rufus" makes bootable usb/cd etc.
    If the program you want to put on it is an ISO, you can use it to make your usb bootable.

    And yes you have to disable Secure Boot for it to work (that was my problem)
    Hope this helps

    Regards
    WhiteWolf
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  9. #9


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    No, I cannot get into Step 6. The farthest I can go is Step 3.

    WhiteWolf, thanks. I already know about Rufus and already have my ISO on my USB drive. I used YUMI which I like better.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    OK, I may need to back up a step. Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1? Factory OEM install or did you install Windows manually? Open Disk management and see if there is an EFI partition on your hard drive, if it's there Windows was installed in UEFI mode, if it isn't its legacy mode. What issue made you reinstall windows? Just a short answer to the last one will do. I have some stuff to do but will check back in an hour or so.
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