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UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

  1. #410


    Posts : 22,499
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Sotcitcio View Post
    I use Windows 8 32-bit. What option should I use to create a usb to install Windows 8.1 64-bit with uefi? I read some stuff about bootsect and that I can't create a 64bit usb from 32bit windows. Also, will rufus install any 3rd party software with the windows installation?
    Hello Sotcitcio, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That's correct, you will not be able to create a 64-bit USB with a 32-bit ISO file.

    Rufus will not install or add anything to the USB other that your ISO file.

    If you motherboard supports 64-bit, then you could download a 64-bit Windows 8.1 ISO file using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    Afterwards, you could use that ISO file with the tutorial on the first page here to create a bootable UEFI USB flash drive that can be used to install your 64-bit Windows 8.1 with UEFI.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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  2. #411


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 32bit


    Thank you!

    I already have a new iso from MSDN with Windows 8.1 64-bit and I want to install it on a new system with the Asus H97 motherboard which supports UEFI.

    Could you please answer me what from these settings should I change so I don't encounter any problem on my situation? CSM, Secure Boot and Fast Boot. If I have to change any of these settings, could you tell me why? Should I enable them after the installation too?
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  3. #412


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I downloaded a 64 bit ISO of Windows 10.
    I put it in a folder & extracted it. {I guess I could have extracted it directly to my USB drive. Live & learn.}

    After extracting it I copied the contents to my USB drive. {Formatted as Fat 32}
    I clicked on the Setup.exe & it proceeded to install Windows 10.

    My computer is set to Fast Boot.

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    Hope this helps somebody.
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  4. #413


    Posts : 22,499
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Sotcitcio View Post
    Thank you!

    I already have a new iso from MSDN with Windows 8.1 64-bit and I want to install it on a new system with the Asus H97 motherboard which supports UEFI.

    Could you please answer me what from these settings should I change so I don't encounter any problem on my situation? CSM, Secure Boot and Fast Boot. If I have to change any of these settings, could you tell me why? Should I enable them after the installation too?
    Hello Sotcitcio,

    I have updated the notes at the top of the tutorial to help answer these questions better. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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  5. #414


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 32bit


    Ok, thanks : )
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  6. #415


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7


    Hello Brink,

    I recenttly downloaded Microsoft's official Windows 8.1 x64 ISO: Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English) - November 2014 update roll up -en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_6051480.iso with SHA1: A8B5DF0B0816280AE18017BC4B119C77B6C6EB79

    Now, there are several things I'd like to know:
    • I'd like to ask if I can just burn this Official Microsoft's Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) ISO to a DVDdisc(with imgburn for instance) and no tweaking is required and it's UEFI bootable ready and can install in native UEFI? And also can I just use the said ISO as is to create a bootable UEFI USB flash drive using either method of your guide and no more tweaking in the ISO and to its content is required?

    (Because as I've read from what you've said: here that using a downloaded Windows 8 upgrade ISO does not always give you an UEFI bootable USB option in the boot menu and that ESD-TO-ISO.exe program by Simon (SIW2) needs to be used to create an ISO that will work with UEFI.)

    • I know it contains Core & Pro editions but, I'd also like to know if it also contains Pro with Media Center edition?
    • Does the generic keys still work with it?
    • Since I am not sure if the said ISO from MS contains Pro with Media Center edition, So during OS installation, when prompted with a product key, what if you enter the Pro with Media Center generic key (GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT),will that work?
    • Also, as I've read several of your wonderful tutorials, you always specify that Windows 32-bit OS does not support UEFI. But, according to Microsoft (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824898.aspx), Windows 8.1 32bit does support UEFI. So, what do MS mean?


    I just don't have a UEFI system now. I'm just trying to create a Windows OS installer that has UEFI support for when I buy a new system. And even in VMware and Virtual Box (which also afaik only supports other OS for UEFI emulation and not for Windows OS), I cannot test in UEFI emulation because my current processor doesn't support vt-x or hardware virtualization feature and so I cannot install 64bit guest OS -- something that UEFI requires afaik. (I can't even install Windows 8.1 32bit in virtual box as it just gives an error even when I already enabled PAE/NX in its settings).

    Thanks!
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  7. #416


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by son goku View Post
    Hello Brink,

    I recenttly downloaded Microsoft's official Windows 8.1 x64 ISO: Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English) - November 2014 update roll up -en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_6051480.iso with SHA1: A8B5DF0B0816280AE18017BC4B119C77B6C6EB79

    Now, there are several things I'd like to know:
    • I'd like to ask if I can just burn this Official Microsoft's Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) ISO to a DVDdisc(with imgburn for instance) and no tweaking is required and it's UEFI bootable ready and can install in native UEFI? And also can I just use the said ISO as is to create a bootable UEFI USB flash drive using either method of your guide and no more tweaking in the ISO and to its content is required?

    (Because as I've read from what you've said: here that using a downloaded Windows 8 upgrade ISO does not always give you an UEFI bootable USB option in the boot menu and that ESD-TO-ISO.exe program by Simon (SIW2) needs to be used to create an ISO that will work with UEFI.)

    • I know it contains Core & Pro editions but, I'd also like to know if it also contains Pro with Media Center edition?
    • Does the generic keys still work with it?
    • Since I am not sure if the said ISO from MS contains Pro with Media Center edition, So during OS installation, when prompted with a product key, what if you enter the Pro with Media Center generic key (GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT),will that work?
    • Also, as I've read several of your wonderful tutorials, you always specify that Windows 32-bit OS does not support UEFI. But, according to Microsoft (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824898.aspx), Windows 8.1 32bit does support UEFI. So, what do MS mean?


    I just don't have a UEFI system now. I'm just trying to create a Windows OS installer that has UEFI support for when I buy a new system. And even in VMware and Virtual Box (which also afaik only supports other OS for UEFI emulation and not for Windows OS), I cannot test in UEFI emulation because my current processor doesn't support vt-x or hardware virtualization feature and so I cannot install 64bit guest OS -- something that UEFI requires afaik. (I can't even install Windows 8.1 32bit in virtual box as it just gives an error even when I already enabled PAE/NX in its settings).

    Thanks!
    The Microsoft multi edition ISO contains Core and Pro. Once you install Pro you can use Add features to add MC. There is no Pro with Media Center that you can install directly. You cannot install with a MC key, it has to be a Core or Pro key. As far as I know you can just burn a DVD and install in UEFI from that. I haven't done it myself, I do all my installs from thumb drives. I haven't burned a DVD in a dogs age. I haven't had to modify the contents of my ISO's for UEFI installs. It's all in how you create the bootable thumb drive as to whether it works or not. There is no need for generic install keys with the latest Microsoft ISO's. They will install with and activate with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 keys, even OEM embedded keys.
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  8. #417


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by son goku View Post
    I'd like to ask if I can just burn this Official Microsoft's Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) ISO to a DVDdisc (with imgburn for instance) and no tweaking is required and it's UEFI bootable ready and can install in native UEFI?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by son goku View Post
    And also can I just use the said ISO as is to create a bootable UEFI USB flash drive using either method of your guide and no more tweaking in the ISO and to its content is required?
    Here are more options. How to create UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 8.1 64-bit USB flash drive. -> link
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  9. #418


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Microsoft multi edition ISO contains Core and Pro. Once you install Pro you can use Add features to add MC. There is no Pro with Media Center that you can install directly. You cannot install with a MC key, it has to be a Core or Pro key. As far as I know you can just burn a DVD and install in UEFI from that. I haven't done it myself, I do all my installs from thumb drives. I haven't burned a DVD in a dogs age. I haven't had to modify the contents of my ISO's for UEFI installs. It's all in how you create the bootable thumb drive as to whether it works or not. There is no need for generic install keys with the latest Microsoft ISO's. They will install with and activate with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 keys, even OEM embedded keys.
    Thanks alphanumeric! For your UEFI bootable thumb drive, did you create yours with the guide from this thread using Rufus or Diskapart?
    Also, do you mean that with the msdn ISO en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_6051480.iso, I need not worry about the ESD-TO-ISO program, and that the en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_6051480.iso is not affected by it and I can just use the said ISO as is to create a UEFI bootable thumb drive (provided that I create a correct UEFI bootable thumb drive)?

    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by son goku View Post
    I'd like to ask if I can just burn this Official Microsoft's Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) ISO to a DVDdisc (with imgburn for instance) and no tweaking is required and it's UEFI bootable ready and can install in native UEFI?

    Yes.
    Thanks for the confirmation genet!

    [QUOTE=genet;478537]
    Quote Originally Posted by son goku View Post
    And also can I just use the said ISO as is to create a bootable UEFI USB flash drive using either method of your guide and no more tweaking in the ISO and to its content is required?
    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Here are more options. How to create UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 8.1 64-bit USB flash drive. -> link
    The 1st option from your guide ("1. How to create UEFI Boot Mode compatible Windows 8 64-bit USB flash drive, which is only bootable in UEFI Boot Mode.") seems to be missing something. It says that you just need to format the flash drive in FAT32 and then copy (extract) the contents of the Windows 8.1 ISO to the USB flash drive. But, I think it's not going to be bootable because the flash drive is not marked as 'active'.

    While the 3rd option ("3. How to create Legacy BIOS Boot Mode compatible Windows 7/8 32/64-bit USB flash drive, which is only bootable in Legacy BIOS Boot Mode.") Correct me if I'm wrong but, isn't it that as writen in Rufus in Partition scheme and target system type: MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers -- shouldn't it be for both UEFI and legacy BIOS bootable, provided that you set the file system as FAT32 instead of NTFS?
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  10. #419


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I create mine with diskaprt for my wife's Acer Laptop. It is very fussy as how the thumb drive is created. That laptop never ever lists a UEFI install option for the thumb drive. It did install in UEFI mode though.
    Option 2
    select disk #clean
    create partition primary
    format fs=fat32 quick
    active
    assign
    list volume
    exit
    My ASUS laptop on the other hand is fine with NTFS formatted drives, even for UEFI installs. I use the Windows 7 DVD download tool to create its thumb drive, and install thumb drives for my two desktop PC's. They don't have UEFI BIOS. Up until we got the Acer I always used the Windows 7 DVD Download Tool.
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