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Windows 8.1 Retail DVD UEFI install issues

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Retail DVD UEFI install issues


    I purchased a retail version of Windows 8.1.
    I also at the same time purchased a Western Digital Black 4 TB HD.

    In order to format the HD as GPT and get the full 4 TB in one partition I have to install Windows 8.1 (x64) with UEFI.

    My Computer:
    ASUS p8z77-v pro - Bios 2104 (latest!)
    XFX AMD 6950 2 GB
    G.Skill Memory (12GB)
    Intel i5-3570k (Ivy Bridge)
    LG BluRay
    ASUS PB278Q (dual link DVI)

    I followed the tutorial I found here, which is to boot off of the DVD in UEFI, so I pushed F8 and picked that in the boot menu.

    I get a blank screen. Eventually the computer reboots.

    I've got into the CSM settings and set them in every possible combination from "Combined" to "UEFI only". No help.
    I've changed the Secure boot option to "Other OS". No help.
    I've deleted and reset the Secure boot keys. No help.
    I've removed my video card entirely and switched to the motherboard's AV out. No help.

    Is there something I'm missing?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Is there an option to just set your BIOS to UEFI defaults? If so, try the install after setting same and don't worry about any other option until the install is completed.

    I've removed my video card entirely and switched to the motherboard's AV out. No help.
    I assume you also moved the monitor cable to the integrated mobo connection and set you BIOS garphics to onboard/integrated?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Is there an option to just set your BIOS to UEFI defaults? If so, try the install after setting same and don't worry about any other option until the install is completed.
    I set it to auto, and it'll boot, but it boots in legacy mode. MBR formatting only, and I'm limited to 2 TB partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    I assume you also moved the monitor cable to the integrated mobo connection and set you BIOS garphics to onboard/integrated?
    Yep. Even on integrated graphics I still have to press F8 to bring up the boot menu and select the UEFI option.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1


    Wait for Theog to respond. He'll be around shortly...
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I've got the same motherboard. CSM to enabled and make sure Secure boot is showing at least UEFI. I will normally use Del to get into the bios and select the Boot Device Menu from there. They just added an F2 boot option, but I don't remember what is it for.

    Since you seem to have seen the UEFI option in the Boot Device Menu, the system should boot, unless there is some type of problem with the DVD. I have not tried to use a 4 TB hard drive. You might also try removing the video card and using onboard video if you continue to have problems.

    You will probably not be able to run Secure Boot with the video card, unless it is capable. The onboard video will allow Secure Boot, if you wanted to test.

    If you want, use a camera and attach the pictures using the paperclip on advanced replies.
    Last edited by Saltgrass; 28 Oct 2013 at 19:06.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    One more thing, the memory you have is a odd amount. How is it configured?

    Which DVD version do you have, the full Retail x64 DVD of the 2 DVD set, or the OEM x64?
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  7. #7


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    Windows


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    One more thing, the memory you have is a odd amount. How is it configured?
    4 GB x 2 + 2 GB x 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    Which DVD version do you have, the full Retail x64 DVD of the 2 DVD set, or the OEM x64?
    Full retail box.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Is the HDD plug in to a SATA3 version port & cable?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you can't get it to boot correctly, you might think about transferring the install files to a Flash Drive. Considering the debacle Microsoft had with the Windows 8 .iso file created from the download, the DVD may have the same problem with UEFI. The Windows 8 Retail DVDs worked fine, but I haven't tested the new ones.

    When you were able to select UEFI, it still installed as Legacy? I have seen that with one DVD I made and messed up the boot images.

    This system has been working normally prior or is this a newly built system?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 11
    Windows


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Is the HDD plug in to a SATA3 version port & cable?
    It's plugged into one of the grey Z77 6GB ports. The BluRay is in one of the Blue Z77 3GB ports.
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