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I bought a new Samsung SSD 840 Pro and replaced my old drive in my Lenovo ThinkPad W520. I installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 on my machine.

Apparently it didn't install UEFI boot; I checked the BIOS setting and it says Legacy. I went into my BIOS and turned the UEFI boot to default. Still it's not booting on UEFI. I guess I need to install it again.

My question is, what are the steps I should follow from here to install a fresh copy of Windows 8 to boot on UEFI?

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You need to install it while UEFI is enabled. There is only on step required to do what you want install Windows while UEFI is enabled. – Ramhound Nov 30 '12 at 17:54
So, since I set UEFI to default in bios, If I install fresh copy of Windows 8 I don't need to do any special configuration? – HardCode Nov 30 '12 at 18:33
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Unfortunately, there's no answer to this question that applies to all systems. The problem is that different firmware designers have chosen different rules to determine when their computers boot any given medium in BIOS/legacy mode vs. in EFI mode. Your description of your firmware suggests that setting the firmware to "UEFI" should do the trick, but it might not be that simple.

Another point is that the Windows installer may detect your existing partition table and refuse to install even if you successfully boot the installer in EFI mode. Thus, you may need to completely wipe the partition table, or even create a fresh GUID Partition Table (GPT), before you begin the EFI-mode installation.

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I changed the bios to UEFI only and install the windows 8 again, like you said it did wipe the partition and recreated. Now I see my windows is UEFI mode when I run the comand msinfo32! – HardCode Dec 1 '12 at 17:19

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