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Wintel P001, won't boot absolutely anything

  1. #11


    Posts : 10
    Mac OS, Windows


    The thing is it doesnt let me boot absolutely anything. When i plug in a usb and click to boot from it, the screen only flashes and goes back to the boot menu.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 10
    Mac OS, Windows


    I've tried to use a 32bit win 7 & win 8 but no luck. Even if I use MBR usb.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 10
    Mac OS, Windows


    it still wouldn't boot absolutely anything x
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  4. #14


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    I think that you need a 32-bit UEFI bootloader. I do not have a Windows 7/8 32-bit installation media.

    Wintel W8 Review

    ...the system is switching between the 32-bit UEFI firmware (for Windows) and 64-bit UEFI firmware (for Android).
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...or=-2147217396

    While the PC is in UEFI mode, the Windows PE version must match the PC architecture. A PC in 64-bit UEFI firmware mode can only boot 64-bit versions of Windows PE. A PC in 32-bit UEFI firmware mode can only boot 32-bit versions of Windows PE. On PCs that support both UEFI mode and legacy BIOS mode, you may be able to run 32-bit Windows PE on a 64-bit PC by changing BIOS menu settings from “UEFI mode” to “BIOS mode”, assuming the manufacturer supports legacy BIOS mode.
    A PC in 64-bit UEFI firmware mode. Quote from this post:

    - In UEFI Boot Mode, the UEFI firmware scan your computer's hard disks for existence of the EFI System partition, then run \efi\boot\bootx64.efi file in the EFI System partition.

    - If you are booting from a Windows 7/8 64-bit USB flash drive (FAT32 file system) in UEFI Boot Mode, then UEFI firmware run \efi\boot\bootx64.efi file. Note: This file does not exist by default in the Windows 7 installation media, so you need to create this file by using the Rufus program, if you want UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 7 64-bit USB flash drive.

    - If you are booting from a Windows 7/8 64-bit DVD in UEFI Boot Mode, then UEFI firmware run \efi\microsoft\boot\cdboot.efi file.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    A PC in 32-bit UEFI firmware mode: If you are booting from a Windows 8 32-bit USB flash drive (FAT32 file system), then 32-bit UEFI firmware run \efi\boot\bootia32.efi file.

    How to create 32-bit UEFI firmware compatible Windows 8 32-bit USB flash drive.

    Format your USB flash drive. Note: You need to choose the FAT32 file system (see screenshot below).

    When formatting is complete.
    - In Windows 8, mount the Windows 8 32-bit ISO image file by right-clicking the ISO image file and choosing Mount. If you don’t see Mount command from the context menu, go to Open with -> Windows Explorer instead.
    - Select everything in the mounted ISO image file, and copy them into the USB flash drive you prepared earlier.

    Click image for larger version

    edit:

    I downloaded the 32-bit installation media.

    Click image for larger version

    If someone wants to test the UEFI Boot Mode: VMware Player - How to install Windows 7/8/10 in UEFI Boot Mode. -> link
    Last edited by genet; 17 Jul 2015 at 06:59.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    That PC uses x86 uefi software
    Unless you have the option to enable "legacy/csm support" in the bios settings
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Install a UEFI supported x86 OS
    Not sure if Windows 7 x86 is uefi compatible - Windows 8/8.1 x86 is...
    PC does not have enough RAM for x64 OS
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  7. #17


    Posts : 10
    Mac OS, Windows


    Hey guys. Sorry for posting this late I've just been busy a lot recently and finally got time to read your suggestions. I am glad to say that I've just managed to get my PC to work. Basically what i did was, I downloaded WIN8.1 32Bit and burned it through Rufus with MBR UEFI option only (FAT32). Then I copied all files from efi/microsoft/boot to efi/boot using 7-zip. Then I set my BIOS to secure boot disabled and usb support enabled and then wohooo it worked!. Thank you all so much for your help!
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