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UEFI settings for ASUS z77 prior to Clean install


lostit411

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Nob question for you experts. After reading many threads about this UEFI stuff, i'm confused. I have a Asus Sabertooth z77 motherboard and will be fresh installing windows 8.1 full to Samsung 250gb ssd. I'm not quite getting what i'm supposed to configure on the MB for UEFI boot prior to installing the windows 8.1. Anyone please explain step by step as to what needs to done in the bios before I install windows please. Oh and I will be using the DVD disk to install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-3770
    Motherboard
    Asus sabertooth z77
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board
    Browser
    IE11
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    Windows Defender

genet

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If you are installing Windows 7/8/10 from a USB flash drive in UEFI Boot Mode, then you need to have a UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 7/8/10 USB flash drive.

Here is more info: UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link


Asus motherboard with UEFI firmware. How to install Windows 7/8/10 64-bit in UEFI Boot Mode.

You do not need to change the default UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings.

Note: You need to select to boot from the UEFI type (marked UEFI in the boot menu) if you want to install Windows 7/8/10 64-bit in UEFI Boot Mode (see screenshot below).

Note: You do not need to change the boot order of drives in your UEFI firmware settings.
- Connect your Windows 7/8/10 64-bit USB flash drive (Note: FAT32 file system) or insert your Windows 7/8/10 64-bit DVD.
- Restart the computer.
- Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (for example, Asus F8 and Gigabyte F12).
- Select to boot from the "UEFI: USB/DVD device name" (see screenshot below).

If you are booting from a Windows 7/8/10 64-bit USB flash drive 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 7/8/10 64-bit DVD in UEFI Boot Mode, then UEFI firmware run \efi\microsoft\boot\cdboot.efi file.

Asus boot menu.png

The Asus motherboard default UEFI firmware settings (see screenshots below).

Windows 7/8/10 64-bit will be able to be installed successfully in UEFI Boot Mode.

Asus UEFI BIOS Utility 1.png

CSM (Compatibility Support Module) > Launch CSM
- [Auto]: The system automatically detects the bootable devices and the add-on devices.
- [Enabled]: For better compatibility, enable the CSM to fully support the non-UEFI driver add-on devices or the Windows UEFI mode.
- [Disabled]: Disable the CSM to fully support the Windows Security Update and Security Boot.

Asus UEFI BIOS Utility 2.png

Asus UEFI BIOS Utility 3.png

Secure Boot > OS Type
- [Windows UEFI Mode]: Execute the Microsoft Secure Boot check. Only select this option when booting on Windows UEFI mode or other Microsoft Secure Boot compliant OS.
- [Other OS]: Get the optimized function when booting on Windows non-UEFI mode, Windows Vista/XP, or other Microsoft Secure Boot non-compliant OS.

Asus UEFI BIOS Utility 4.png

After the Windows 8/10 64-bit installation is completed, you can check if Secure Boot option is enabled in the UEFI firmware. Run the following command as administrator from the command prompt.

powershell confirm-SecureBootUEFI

The result should be True.

Microsoft designed Secure Boot to protect the computer from low-level exploits and rootkits and bootloaders. A security process shared between the operating system and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI, replacing the BIOS), Secure Boot requires all the applications that are running during the booting process to be pre-signed with valid digital certificates. This way, the system knows all the files being loaded before Windows 8/10 loads and gets to the login screen have not been tampered with.

If a bootloader has infected your computer and it tries to load during the boot-up sequence, Secure Boot will be able to undo all the changes and thwart the attack. Having Secure Boot means it is that much harder for attackers to try to compromise the start up sequence.
Tip   Tip
Asus UEFI setups allow for both UEFI and Legacy BIOS (aka CSM) booting to be enabled. In that case, Windows 7 can normally be booted with the motherboard's Secure Boot feature enabled as well, but without actually using it.

Note: If you are dual booting Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8/10 64-bit.

You must select the following option.

Secure Boot > OS Type > Other OS (default: Windows UEFI mode).

Or you get the following error message when you start Windows 7.

File: \Windows\system32\winload.efi
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: The digital signature for this file couldn't be verified.
 
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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

lostit411

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Wow! genet, thank you for your quick reply and good instructions. I will see how it goes and hope I don't foul it up.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7-3770
    Motherboard
    Asus sabertooth z77
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Ariansar

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Thank you Very Much Genet, but I have trouble by Asus ET1620I , This AiO Pc i try all Different Way's To install Windows but after Installation Windows in First Step and Rebooting This is Hanged and can not Running Windows, I try to 4 1620 and all have Same problem , I try by 5 Different image win 10 in Different Version Home, Pro, Enterprise (Update Nov.2015) (I using Rufus 2.6 to make GPT USB Disk)
 

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  • OS
    Win10

eshwar

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Sir I was just purchased ASUS H81M-C Mother Board.I want to install Windows 7 64 bit.For using my Seagate 4TB Hard disk.But I was facing the same problem which you are mentioned in first post last tip.I was facing File:\Windows\system32\winload.efi Status: 0xc0000428 this error every time.I was changed the secure boot to other OS and fast boot is disabled and CSM is disabled.After that also I was facing this error problem.Please tell me the solution for this problem any body.Thank you.
 

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System One

  • OS
    xp

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