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Partition wipe on new Asus Win8 laptop

  1. #1


    Italy
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    Win8.1, Antergos, LMDE

    Partition wipe on new Asus Win8 laptop


    I've just received an Asus S301L laptop, with Win8 Pro preinstalled. The owner wants Win8 wiped and Win7 installed along with Scientific Linux.

    I've disabled secure boot and enabled CSM in the BIOS, thus getting rid of the annoying UEFI boot process, and I'm now able to boot old-style from thumbdrives and whatnot.

    My question is: given this partition configuration as shown by gparted, is it safe to wipe the whole damn thing and repartition from scratch, or will I run into bootup problems with the BIOS not seeing stuff where it wants to see it (like that suspicious FAT32 partition labeled "boot")?

    I imagine this isn't a problem since I disabled everything UEFI, but better safe than sorry, so here I am asking.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by IronMew View Post
    I've just received an Asus S301L laptop, with Win8 Pro preinstalled. The owner wants Win8 wiped and Win7 installed along with Scientific Linux.

    I've disabled secure boot and enabled CSM in the BIOS, thus getting rid of the annoying UEFI boot process, and I'm now able to boot old-style from thumbdrives and whatnot.

    My question is: given this partition configuration as shown by gparted, is it safe to wipe the whole damn thing and repartition from scratch, or will I run into bootup problems with the BIOS not seeing stuff where it wants to see it (like that suspicious FAT32 partition labeled "boot")?

    I imagine this isn't a problem since I disabled everything UEFI, but better safe than sorry, so here I am asking.
    If it was me, I would ask the owner if he was willing to purchase a new hard drive. You could then replace the original drive and install whatever software you wanted. He would then have the original drive in case some type of warranty situation came up.

    If the above is not an option, I would at least make a System image of the drive which included all the partitions, including the Recovery Image partition. Since this partition is not normally included in a System Backup Image, you will need to take extra steps to make sure it is.

    But Windows 7 and some Linux versions will install as UEFI. Maybe one thing you might check, is availability of drivers for Windows 7.. If you are going to install in Legacy mode you will need to remove all current partitions so the drive can be reconfigured.
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  3. #3


    Italy
    Posts : 10
    Win8.1, Antergos, LMDE


    I see no reason to bother with UEFI since legacy mode works fine without having to deal with drivers and additional software, not to mention unfamiliar bootloaders. The whole UEFI thing seems a lot to me like a solution looking for a problem.

    You speak of the warranty. Surely it isn't voided simply by running a different OS?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by IronMew View Post
    I see no reason to bother with UEFI since legacy mode works fine without having to deal with drivers and additional software, not to mention unfamiliar bootloaders. The whole UEFI thing seems a lot to me like a solution looking for a problem.

    You speak of the warranty. Surely it isn't voided simply by running a different OS?
    There is no difference between Legacy and UEFI as far as Drivers and Software. Once the system is booted, they are exactly the same. If you run Windows 8 Secure Boot mode, which requires UEFI, there may need to be special drivers, such as add-in video cards. But if you don't want to use UEFI ... that is up to you and your client. If Window 8 was ever reinstalled, keep in mind the License is embedded in the UEFI bios, and I do not know for sure if it would automatically activate if installed as Legacy.

    Warranties are of course specified by each OEM. Just running another OS should not void the warranty, if you can restore the system enough to satisfy the warranty conditions.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can wipe all the partitions and have no issues installing Windows 7. If you do reinstall Windows 8 or 8.1 it will recreate those special hidden partitions automatically during setup anyway.
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