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EFI BIOS not working

  1. #1


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    EFI BIOS not working


    Alright everyone, got a new problem!

    I'm currently upgrading a PC from Windows 7 to 8.1.1. That in itself isn't the issue, but getting it to run with EFI BIOS. The motherboard is about three years old and just updated the BIOS version. It has UEFI BIOS, recognizes UEFI flash drives, but for the life of me, I can't figure out why it's not installing Windows with GPT partitioning and EFI extensions!

    I'm installing a 64 bit version of Windows, BIOS versions are at their defaults. There are no options for CSM or Secure Boot as it's an older motherboard. I'm guessing it's not UEFI 2.0+, as that's why Windows 8 isn't installing as such.



    Any ideas? Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Andy,

    You might see if this may be able to help any.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That did kind of help, some comments mentioned how even macs didn't have UEFI 2 on some early model from 2011 and late 2010. It seems the motherboard doesn't support UEFI BIOS v 2.0 or higher, therefore Windows 8.1 doesn't install as such even though the USB drive will be detected as a UEFI device.

    I think that solves that! Thanks!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Yup. I just installed 8.1 x64 on a 2006 MacBook Pro and I had to use mbr as the UEFI I have is 32 bit.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Well, at least you can always install it without UEFI.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    That did kind of help, some comments mentioned how even macs didn't have UEFI 2 on some early model from 2011 and late 2010. It seems the motherboard doesn't support UEFI BIOS v 2.0 or higher, therefore Windows 8.1 doesn't install as such even though the USB drive will be detected as a UEFI device.

    I think that solves that! Thanks!
    Yea I have 2 similar MB they will run a GPT data disk, but I can't install a OS UEFI GPT disk
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