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Having tried a multitude of imaging software such as BootIt Bare Metal, Active Disk Image, O&O DiskImage, etc none of them appear to be able to boot using their bootable media. I am unsure if this is because if I am doing some incorrectly or the device from which I am creating the bootable medium.

I have installed Windows AIK and ADK on a device that is running Windows 7 32-bit. The device does not feature UEFI nor Secure Boot. I am using this very device to create a bootable medium (WinPE) that will allow me to boot a device that is running Windows 8 64-bit and features UEFI & Secure Boot.

The intention of the bootable medium is to create an image or clone of the device that sports a pre-installed version of Windows 8 along with its native recovery partition.

Having trawled the interwebs, it appears that the bootable medium needs to be created on a device that has a 64-bit version of Windows installed so that I can boot into Windows 8. I have not had the same issue attempting to boot onto a 32-bit version of Windows 7. I don't yet have access to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to see if there is a difference.

  1. Is this a reason why none of the imaging software appear to work when using their bootable media? If so, I am unsure why this isn’t documented anywhere.
  2. Is there a reason why I can’t use a 32-bit device to create bootable media for a 64-bit device that features UEFI and Secure Boot
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Are you burning this onto a CD? If so, what are you using for the CD Burning software? – Davidw Oct 28 '13 at 20:10
@Davidw - Yes. I have tried using both CDs and DVDs and am using ImgBurn. Does it matter what burning software I am using because I am able to use the same media for a Windows 7 device? – PeanutsMonkey Oct 28 '13 at 20:30
Is the CD drive the first drive in the boot order? – Davidw Oct 28 '13 at 20:33
@Davidw - Yes it is. – PeanutsMonkey Oct 28 '13 at 21:01
@Davidw - It appears that if the bootable media is created in a similar architecture device e.g. 32-bit or 64-bit, it works. I tested it by creating the media on a 64-bit version of Windows 7 that that does not utilize UEFI & Secure Boot. It is able to boot a Windows 8 device that does use UEFI & Secure Boot. – PeanutsMonkey Nov 2 '13 at 22:34

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