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UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

How to Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1

This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows 7 or Windows 8 or 8.1 installation bootable USB flash drive for UEFIfrom either a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 installation ISO or DVD.

Requirements:
  • At least a 4GB USB flash drive
  • 64-bit Windows 7 ISO or DVD (If you want to install Windows 7)
  • 64-bit Windows 8 ISO or DVD (If you want to install Windows 8)
  • 64-bit Windows 8.1 ISO or DVD (If you want to install Windows 8.1)
  • 32-bit is not supported.
  • Set the boot mode to use UEFI and not CSM (Compatibility Support Module) in your UEFI firmware settings.
  • Temporarily disable Secure Boot in your UEFI firmware settings. Some motherboards will not boot from a USB unless you do this first. When the Windows installation is finished, you can enable secure boot if you like.
  • If you have fast boot or ultra-fast boot enabled in your UEFI firmware (if supported), then you may need to temporarily disable it until Windows has finished installing to be able to boot from a USB flash drive at boot.

EXAMPLE: UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive
NOTE: This is it listed in the motherboard's boot menu.

UEFI_USB_Boot_Menu.jpg





OPTION ONE

To Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive using Free Program "Rufus"



1. Download the latest version of Rufus at the link below, and save it's .exe file to your desktop.

Note   Note
This is a standalone exe file that doesn't install anything to your PC
For Rufus FAQs, see: FAQ · pbatard/rufus Wiki · GitHub





Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way



2. Connect your USB flash drive if you have not already.

3. Run the rufus_v###.exe file, and click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.
NOTE: ### = latest version number.

4. Set Rufus with the settings below: (see screenshot below step 5)


  • Under Device, select the USB flash drive you want to format and use.
  • Under Format Options, check Create a bootable disk using, click/tap on the browse icon icon.jpg to navigate to and select your 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 ISO file, and then make sure that Standard Windows installation is selected (dotted).
  • Under Partition scheme and target system type, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer.
  • Under File system, select FAT32.
  • Under Cluster size, select the (Default) (ex: 16 kilobytes or 4096 bytes) it has listed.
  • Under Format Options, check Quick format.
  • Under Format Options, check Create extended label and icon files.
  • Under New volume label, you can enter any name you like for the USB flash drive, or leave the default name.

5. When ready, click/tap on Start. (see screenshot below)


Rufus_UEFI.png


6. Click/tap on OK to confirm. (see screenshot below)

Rufus-confirm.jpg


7. Rufus will now start creating the bootable UEFI USB flash drive. (see screenshot below)

Rufus_working.jpg


8. When Rufus is "DONE", you can close Rufus. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: It could take a little while to finish.

Rufus_Done.jpg


9. You are now ready to do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 using UEFI with your bootable UEFI USB flash drive.






OPTION TWO

To Manually Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive



1. Connect the USB flash drive.

2. Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

3. In the elevated command prompt, type the commands below one at a time and press Enter after each one. (see screenshot below step 5)

  • diskpart
  • list disk

4. Make note of the Disk # (ex: Disk 4) for the USB flash drive. (see screenshot below step 5)

It is critical that you use the correct disk #. If you do not, then you could delete the wrong drive below and lose everything on it


5. In the elevated command prompt, type the commands below one at a time and press Enter after each one. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Substitute # in the first command with the actual disk # from step 4 above. For example: select disk 4


  • select disk #
  • detail disk (this is to verify that you selected the correct disk before using "clean" below)
  • clean
  • create partition primary
  • format fs=fat32 quick
  • active
  • assign
  • list volume
  • exit

Create_UEFI_USB-1.jpg


6. Make note of the volume letter (ex: K) for the USB flash drive in the command prompt. (see screenshot above)

7. Do step 8, step 9, or step 10 below depending on if you are using a Windows 7/8/8.1 ISO or DVD.

warning   Warning
It has been reported that using the downloaded Windows 8 upgrade ISO does not always give you an UEFI bootable USB option in the boot menu.

If this happens to you, then use the ESD-TO-ISO.exe program created by our member Simon (SIW2) below to create an ISO that will work with UEFI. Afterwards, start this tutorial over using this new ISO instead.

See OPTION TWO here: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

download






8. If Using a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 ISO File in Windows 8
NOTE: For a Windows 7 ISO or Windows 8/8.1 ISO file.


A) Open File Explorer, navigate to the .iso file, right click or press and hold on the .iso file, then click/tap on Mount. (see screenshot below)



W8_ISO.jpg


B) The mounted .iso file will now automatically open. Select all files in it, right click or press and hold on the selected files, click/tap on Send to and the Removable Disk for your USB flash drive letter (ex: K) from step 6 above. (see screenshot below)



Copy.jpg


C) This could take a bit to copy the ISO contents to the USB.

D) When finished, go to step 11 below.

9. If Using a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 ISO File in Windows 7
NOTE: For a Windows 7 ISO or Windows 8/8.1 ISO file.


A) If you have not already, you will need to download and install the latest alpha version of the free program 7-Zip.
NOTE: You can use any program that performs the same function to extract or mount an ISO, but I just find 7-Zip easier to use.

B) Open Windows Explorer, navigate to the .iso file, right click on the .iso file, then click on 7-Zip and Extract files. (see screenshot below)




W7_ISO-1.jpg


C) In the Extract dialog, click on the browse button, select the Removable Disk for your USB flash drive letter (ex: K) from step 6 above, and click on OK, and OK. (see screenshots below)



W7_ISO-2.jpg


D) This could take a bit to copy the ISO contents to the USB.

E) When finished, go to step 11 below.

10. If Using a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 Installation DVD


A) Insert the Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation DVD into the CD/DVD drive.

B) In the Computer window, open the DVD. (see screenshot below)



DVD.jpg


C) Select all files in it, right click or press and hold on the selected files, click/tap on Send to and the Removable Disk for your USB flash drive letter (ex: K) from step 6 above. (see screenshot below)



Copy.jpg


D) This could take a bit to copy the DVD contents to the USB.

E) When finished, go to step 11 below.


11. If Using 64-bit Windows 7

Note   Note
Thanks to theog for this step

You do not need to do this step unless you are creating a 64-bit Windows 7 UEFI USB flash drive.

If you are not, then go to step 12 below instead.




A) On the USB flash drive, "copy" the efi\microsoft\boot folder up one level into the efi folder as efi\boot. (see screenshot below)



11A.jpg


B) If you have not already, download and install the latest alpha version of the free program 7-Zip, then run 7-Zip.

C) In 7-Zip, navigate to the sources\install.wim\1\Windows\Boot\EFI\bootmgfw.efi on the USB flash drive, select the bootmgfw.efi file, copy it to your desktop, click/tap on OK, and close 7-Zip. (see screenshot below)



7-Zip.jpg



D) Rename the bootmgfw.efi file on your desktop to bootx64.efi.


E) Copy/Move the renamed bootx64.efi file into the efi/boot folder (step 11A) on the USB flash drive.



efi-boot.PNG


F) Go to step 12 below.

12. You are now ready to do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 using UEFI with your bootable UEFI USB flash drive.






That's it,
Shawn


 

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visibility

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This is great and I am very appreciative of the effort you have put into creating this tutorial. But I have a problem.
I have followed the instructions letter for letter for a clean install of Win 8 on a new system except I formatted the USB as NTFS. Why? Because another guide that I am following in the latest edition of Australian APC mag says to do so. But here's the problem: I insert the USB drive and reboot but the drive does not appear in the BIOS/UEFI boot menu. The USB controller is working because my USB keboard and mouse are working fine. I have tried all available USB ports. Consequently I have no access to the USB. I doubt that this is a FAT32/NTFS issue but please correct me if I'm wrong. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Brink

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Hello visibility,

Yep, the USB flash drive will need to be formatted as FAT32 to install with UEFI at boot.
 

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pparks1

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Will confirm that you have to use fat32. I created an uefi boot following this guide and it worked just fine.
 

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Hello visibility,

Yep, the USB flash drive will need to be formatted as FAT32 to install with UEFI at boot.

Thanks Brink. So I re-created the bootable USB flash drive with FAT32 and I was able to commence installation with UEFI. But the same problems arose that led me to your tutorial in the first place - black screening before the installation completes. I won't repeat my woes here becuase I have another post where they are covered here.

Thanks very much for your help and patience.
 

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aneesh

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Its a great tutorial. Just what I was looking for. I did everything you mentioned. But whenever i start the booting process, I get the following error:
The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.
File: \windows\system32\winload.efi
Error Code: 0xc0000359


I tried many times and always get the same error. Is it something I am doing wrong?
 

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btyanks

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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and to windows 8 as well. I wanted to create a bootable windows 7 usb drive and I followed every step. I went to boot from the usb drive using the secure boot and then I get into a red screen that says, "Secure boot violation. Invalid signature detected. Check Secure boot policy in setup." I'm not sure what is causing this error. If you can help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks!
 

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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and to windows 8 as well. I wanted to create a bootable windows 7 usb drive and I followed every step. I went to boot from the usb drive using the secure boot and then I get into a red screen that says, "Secure boot violation. Invalid signature detected. Check Secure boot policy in setup." I'm not sure what is causing this error. If you can help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Hello btyanks, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You will need to disable secure boot to be able to install a 64-bit Windows 7 with UEFI. :)

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps, :)
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Brink

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Its a great tutorial. Just what I was looking for. I did everything you mentioned. But whenever i start the booting process, I get the following error:
The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.
File: \windows\system32\winload.efi
Error Code: 0xc0000359


I tried many times and always get the same error. Is it something I am doing wrong?

Hello Aneesh, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Sorry about the late reply.

Is this for Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Where did you get your ISO file from?
 

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aneesh

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oh sorry about that.

it's for windows 8. the thing is i got this new laptop recently lenovo G580 with windows 8. i wanted to change the partition size. i used easeus partition master to do so. but during the process the computer crashed and i had to format the whole drive and lost everything. also i live here in Nepal and i had this laptop delivered to me from the US by my relative. the other thing is that initially my hard drive was formatted in GPT but i converted it to MBR to install windows 8 from a dvd. so key stored in BIOS was also not detected. and i was thinking maybe if i installed in UEFI mode the key will be detected.

is UEFI firmware stored in harddisk?

and about that ISO file, its a 6 in 1 iso. may be something wrong with iso?

i would really appreciate any of your help.
 

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Brink

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Aneesh,

The product key is imbedded in the UEFI firmware chip on the motherboard.

Most likely, the 6 in 1 ISO will not work to install using UEFI. That could have something to do with the key not being detected as well.

If you have Windows 8 installed, activated, and running how you like using "Legacy BIOS", then I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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theog

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oh sorry about that.

it's for windows 8. the thing is i got this new laptop recently lenovo G580 with windows 8. i wanted to change the partition size. i used easeus partition master to do so. but during the process the computer crashed and i had to format the whole drive and lost everything. also i live here in Nepal and i had this laptop delivered to me from the US by my relative. the other thing is that initially my hard drive was formatted in GPT but i converted it to MBR to install windows 8 from a dvd. so key stored in BIOS was also not detected. and i was thinking maybe if i installed in UEFI mode the key will be detected.

is UEFI firmware stored in harddisk?

and about that ISO file, its a 6 in 1 iso. may be something wrong with iso?

i would really appreciate any of your help.

Did you make the Lenovo Windows 8 USB Drive Recovery?

Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo Think system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload
 

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OK, great! I just spent a week assembling my new system, installing Windows 8 and all programs on the new SSD and now I read this.

Windows 8 was installed via USB stick the normal way, has created 2 partitions and thus is not UEFI enabled. Would it be benefitial to start all over again? Compared to the old computer the start-up is already superfast and besides that I tend to use Sleep and so I hardly ever reboot. Would it still make sense to reinstall? Are there any other benefits besides even faster boot? If yes, would it, as an alternative, be possible to make a backup using the included Windows 8 tools, reinstall Windows in UEFI mode and then restore my current C: drive? Would that then be an image or just all folders on C: selected? TIA.
 

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Brink

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Hello Guiri,

To be honest, I haven't noticed much difference using a UEFI vs "Legacy BIOS" installation with Windows 8.

If you wanted to use UEFI, you would have to start from scratch again. Restoring an image would just replace the new UEFI installation with what you have (non-UEFI) when you created the image. You could manually copy and paste anything (ex: music, documents, etc...) you do not want to lose to another location as a backup, and copy it back afterwards though.

If you're happy with you current installation, then I wouldn't worry about UEFI unless you just wanted to.

The video below can help show you more about UEFI vs Legacy boot.

[video=youtube;dRMIvY7BiL4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRMIvY7BiL4[/video]


Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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KenVolder

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I create a UEFI Windows 7 Install USB flash drive.
I select the USB drive and the initial loading windows progress bar finished, it hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen.
(Secure boot disable, Fast boot enable.)
Is there something wrong with my steps?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    Memory
    4G
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia
    Browser
    firefox

Guiri

Member
Member
To be honest, I haven't noticed much difference using a UEFI vs "Legacy BIOS" installation with Windows 8.

If you wanted to use UEFI, you would have to start from scratch again. Restoring an image would just replace the new UEFI installation with what you have (non-UEFI) when you created the image. You could manually copy and paste anything (ex: music, documents, etc...) you do not want to lose to another location as a backup, and copy it back afterwards though.

If you're happy with you current installation, then I wouldn't worry about UEFI unless you just wanted to.

The video below can help show you more about UEFI vs Legacy boot.
Thanks for the reply, Shawn, and thanks for the video link.

Although I was aware that UEFI is a mousable BIOS and has some other advantages, the video was very helpful in getting more insight.

What I do not understand, however, is why Windows 8 is not able to check for itself what the best way to install is on a modern motherboard, or at least give the option to choose (and explain why to choose one over the other). I still don't get that you have to make changes to a bootable USB stick in order to make a UEFI install possible at all (although I must admit that I didn't read the whole thread, and maybe it is mentioned somewhere?). Also, I think it is a pity that board manufacturers still don't explain well what all the options in the BIOS do (but maybe that's just to scare away less-knowledgeable people).

Although I would not be worried about getting my docs etc. back after a new install, I tend to spend a lot of time reinstalling all programs and tweaking their settings. I don't have any experience with the built-in functionality to save and later import settings, and I am not even sure if that would work for self-installed programs. I think I'll leave it as it is.

My current boot (non-Fast, from button press to lock screen) is 20 seconds and as I said, I normally use Sleep for weeks, unless away for longer than a few days or Windows Update requests a restart.

I'll also try Fast Boot. At first I wanted to avoid that in order to prevent wearing out my SSD but I since learned that I should not be too worried about that.
 

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Brink

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mvp
I create a UEFI Windows 7 Install USB flash drive.
I select the USB drive and the initial loading windows progress bar finished, it hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen.
(Secure boot disable, Fast boot enable.)
Is there something wrong with my steps?

Hello Ken, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

You'll want to disable Fast boot as well until installation is finished.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
To be honest, I haven't noticed much difference using a UEFI vs "Legacy BIOS" installation with Windows 8.

If you wanted to use UEFI, you would have to start from scratch again. Restoring an image would just replace the new UEFI installation with what you have (non-UEFI) when you created the image. You could manually copy and paste anything (ex: music, documents, etc...) you do not want to lose to another location as a backup, and copy it back afterwards though.

If you're happy with you current installation, then I wouldn't worry about UEFI unless you just wanted to.

The video below can help show you more about UEFI vs Legacy boot.
Thanks for the reply, Shawn, and thanks for the video link.

Although I was aware that UEFI is a mousable BIOS and has some other advantages, the video was very helpful in getting more insight.

What I do not understand, however, is why Windows 8 is not able to check for itself what the best way to install is on a modern motherboard, or at least give the option to choose (and explain why to choose one over the other). I still don't get that you have to make changes to a bootable USB stick in order to make a UEFI install possible at all (although I must admit that I didn't read the whole thread, and maybe it is mentioned somewhere?). Also, I think it is a pity that board manufacturers still don't explain well what all the options in the BIOS do (but maybe that's just to scare away less-knowledgeable people).

Although I would not be worried about getting my docs etc. back after a new install, I tend to spend a lot of time reinstalling all programs and tweaking their settings. I don't have any experience with the built-in functionality to save and later import settings, and I am not even sure if that would work for self-installed programs. I think I'll leave it as it is.

My current boot (non-Fast, from button press to lock screen) is 20 seconds and as I said, I normally use Sleep for weeks, unless away for longer than a few days or Windows Update requests a restart.

I'll also try Fast Boot. At first I wanted to avoid that in order to prevent wearing out my SSD but I since learned that I should not be too worried about that.

You're welcome.

Hopefully the next generation of UEFI motherboards and OS will be more seamless with each other without having to jump through a few hoops first.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about installing with UEFI until you just happen to need to reinstall anyways, and if you wanted to.
 
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

KenVolder

New Member
I create a UEFI Windows 7 Install USB flash drive.
I select the USB drive and the initial loading windows progress bar finished, it hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen.
(Secure boot disable, Fast boot enable.)
Is there something wrong with my steps?

Hello Ken, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

You'll want to disable Fast boot as well until installation is finished.

Hi Brink,
Installation finished success, I logged Win 7 success after I set Fast boot enable but it hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    Memory
    4G
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia
    Browser
    firefox

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
What happens when you leave Fast boot disabled?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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