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USB Drive - Boot from within Windows 8

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by SevenT View Post
    Hi Brink,

    Thank for your reply. I think win 8 have lock some think. My current win 8.1 is not actived. And when i do as your link it doesn't go to bios when turn on and press f2. It still go to windows.

    But when i logged in my pc, and press Shift + Restart > troubleshoot > advanced option > uefi firmware setting . It log into bios. I already enable F12 boot.

    Another thing is when i choose boot from HDD in your step 3. Or when i try to safe mode, it still run into windows. So my normal way to renew win is use command prompt to select file in my hdd. But this way can't format the system (C) drive and it's leave a old file win?

    Any solution?

    Did you create a bootable UEFI USB flash drive?

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    Why isn't your Windows 8.1 activated?

    Are you able to reset Windows 8.1 at boot?

    Reset Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2015 at 23:49. Reason: added quote

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  2. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    This UEFI is a bitch. I have still not figured out how to boot my Linux system from a flash drive. That is not an installation iso but a running system.
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  3. #12


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    windows 8.1


    I'm created successful bootable usb by rufus.

    I just reinstall my windows from Command Promp from Shift + click Restart and it's succeed. It now can format the system hard drive. Maybe i remember wrongly.

    But i still hope we can slove this problem for other user.

    I hope UEFI is good but we can't ghost it . What the hell when you paid a lot of money for better thing and use ghost and backup whole computer. @@
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  4. #13


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news SevenT.

    We'll hopefully help solve this for each user one by one.
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  5. #14


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I hope UEFI is good but we can't ghost it . What the hell when you paid a lot of money for better thing and use ghost and backup whole computer. @@
    If you mean making an image by "ghost it", then that is possible with many programs like Macrium, AOMEI or others. But the easiest is with this command:

    wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:X: -include:C: -AllCritical -quiet

    You have to replace "X" with the volume letter of your backup device.

    Recovery is thru F9 or Restart when holding the Shift key down or your installation/recovery disc. Then you drill down this chain:

    Language setting
    Troubleshoot
    Advanced Options
    System Image Recovery
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  6. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I hope UEFI is good but we can't ghost it . What the hell when you paid a lot of money for better thing and use ghost and backup whole computer. @@
    If you mean making an image by "ghost it", then that is possible with many programs like Macrium, AOMEI or others. But the easiest is with this command:

    wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:X: -include:C: -AllCritical -quiet

    You have to replace "X" with the volume letter of your backup device.

    Recovery is thru F9 or Restart when holding the Shift key down or your installation/recovery disc. Then you drill down this chain:

    • Language setting
    • Troubleshoot
    • Advanced Options
    • System Image Recovery
    Doesn't that command using -AllCritical basically just create a system image?

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../cc742083.aspx
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  7. #16


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Yes, it is just making a Windows image including all partition needed for proper operation. I think it is the easiest to make a proper Windows image - but that may be just me.
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  8. #17


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok good. That's what I was thinking.
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