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  1. #190


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    Have you tried using USB Pen Drive.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

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  2. #191


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    Windows 7


    No, I didn't try that. I don't have a 4GB or greater USB drive handy (I know, lame) and I was hoping to avoid a trip to go get one.

    Is this a known problem and this is the work around?

    Chris
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  3. #192


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisPappas View Post
    No, I didn't try that. I don't have a 4GB or greater USB drive handy (I know, lame) and I was hoping to avoid a trip to go get one.

    Is this a known problem and this is the work around?

    Chris
    With a bad ISO or bad burnt DVD, yes.
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  4. #193


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    One of the Win 7 installs that I tried was retail packaging Windows 7 Home 64, so I think that rules out a bad ISO or burn.

    Chris
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  5. #194


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    Windows 7


    Okay, I've got an 8GB flash drive. I'll post results in a half hour or so.

    Chris
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  6. #195


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    Okay, I got it to work with the DVD. The solution in this case: The SATA emulation was set to AHCI by default. I changed the emulation to IDE and setup is underway!

    Chris
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  7. #196


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Professional


    Hello thanks for the tutorial.

    I am working a HP Sleekbook which came pre-installed with Windows 8 (this laptop is for my cousin). I followed the tutorial and made the UEFI bootable flash drive, have the win 7 iso image on there. Loaded it into the laptop and it just hangs on the Windows 7 logo animation. Checked the bios settings and all seem fine. What's going wrong here? Any help.
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  8. #197


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    Quote Originally Posted by irfy View Post
    Hello thanks for the tutorial.

    I am working a HP Sleekbook which came pre-installed with Windows 8 (this laptop is for my cousin). I followed the tutorial and made the UEFI bootable flash drive, have the win 7 iso image on there. Loaded it into the laptop and it just hangs on the Windows 7 logo animation. Checked the bios settings and all seem fine. What's going wrong here? Any help.
    Some OEM manufacturers are locking end-users out of the options in UEFI/ BIOS firmware on consumer PC’s, to install other OS's in UEFI mode, so you can only install in Legacy mode, on business PC’s there not.



    Windows Hardware Certification Requirements for Client and Server Systems




    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Mandatory. On non-ARM systems, the platform MUST implement the ability for a physically present user to select between two Secure Boot modes in firmware setup: "Custom" and "Standard". Custom Mode allows for more flexibility as specified in the following:

    It shall be possible for a physically present user to use the Custom Mode firmware setup option to modify the contents of the Secure Boot signature databases and the PK. This may be implemented by simply providing the option to clear all Secure Boot databases (PK, KEK, db, dbx), which puts the system into setup mode.

    If the user ends up deleting the PK then, upon exiting the Custom Mode firmware setup, the system is operating in Setup Mode with SecureBoot turned off.

    The firmware setup shall indicate if Secure Boot is turned on, and if it is operated in Standard or Custom Mode. The firmware setup must provide an option to return from Custom to Standard Mode which restores the factory defaults. On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enabled.

    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
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  9. #198


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    Secure Boot (Windows 8) | HP® Support
    Screenshots in the above link.

    DESKTOP

    Quote Originally Posted by HP
    Disabling Secure Boot

    You may want to disable Secure Boot in order to install new hardware or boot from a CD or DVD. Follow these steps to disable Secure Boot:

    1) Turn off the computer.

    2) Turn on the computer and immediately press the F10 key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Computer Setup Utility opens.

    3) Use the left and right arrow keys to select the Security menu, then use the up and down arrow keys to select Secure Boot Configuration , and then press Enter .

    4) The Secure Boot Configuration warning displays. Press F10 to continue.

    5) Use the up and down arrow keys to select Secure Boot , then use the left and right arrow keys to change the setting to Disable .

    6) Use the up and down arrow keys to select Legacy Support , then use the left and right arrow keys to change the setting to Enable .

    7) Press F10 to accept the changes.

    8) Press F10 again, then press Enter twice to restart the computer.

    9) As soon as the computer starts, a message appears indicating that the boot mode has changed.

    10) Type the four-digit code shown in the message, then press Enter to confirm the change.

    NOTEBOOK.


    Quote Originally Posted by HP
    You may want to disable Secure Boot in order to install new hardware or boot from a CD or DVD. Follow these steps to disable Secure Boot:

    1) Turn off the computer.

    2) Immediately press the Escape key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Startup Menu opens.

    3) Use the right arrow key to choose the System Configuration menu, use the down arrow key to select Boot Options , then press Enter .

    4) Use the down arrow key to select Secure Boot , press the Enter key, then use the down arrow key to modify the setting to Disabled .

    5) Press Enter to save the change.

    6) Use the left arrow key to select the File menu, use the down arrow key to select Save Changes and Exit , then press Enter to select Yes .

    7) The Computer Setup Utility closes and the computer restarts. When the computer has restarted, the Operating System Boot Mode Change screen appears, prompting you to confirm the Boot Options change. Type the code shown on the screen, then press Enter to confirm the change and continue to Windows.
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  10. #199


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    Windows 7 Professional


    I've managed to install Windows 7 on the laptop but none of the drivers are installing cause of the compatibility with the hardware, this is being such a pain, I really need to get this sorted ASAP.

    Cause it's set to GPT, it won't allow me to install certain things, how do I fix this?
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