EFI stands for Extensible Firmware Interface, and is an updated version of BIOS. It sits between firmware and the operating system in the software stack.

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Is there a way to tell whether my EFI bootloader would accept the signature of the binary without reboot?

Assume that I have just installed a signed EFI bootloader (e.g. grub2 from Ubuntu 14.10 amd64 on a Lenovo IdeaPad U410 which can only boot in secure boot EFI or legacy mode) on a machine from within a ...
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How do I mount the EFI partition on Windows 8.1 so that it is readable and writeable?

Here is what I do: restart machine with Windows 8.1 determine "EFI System" parition with the Disk Management utility run command prompt as administrator type diskpart type select disk 0 then select ...
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Why can't an acer aspire XC-703 turn on without his hard drive?

I received an Acer Aspire XC-703 and i tried to sobstitute the included 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD. But the pc won't even turn on (power led off, cpu fan stuck at max rpm, no video output) when ...
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Fedora 19 (you have not created a bootloader stage 1 target device)

I want to install fedora 19 to my HDD but I get errors: you have not created a bootloader stage 1 target device sda6 must have one of the following disklabel types: GPT. I tried: Create 1-2 mb ...
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How to create a bootable media from an .swm ASUS image file (set)?

After overwriting the EFI setup of a Windows 7 64-bit with a change of partition table (from msdos to gpt including copying partitions with dd from backup image) and installation of grub2 in a ...
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How to edit the Boot Graphics Resource Table / Edit windows 8 BOOT LOGO?

I want to edit the screen which is displayed when windows 8 (starts) loads (/loading). As for now it has the Toshiba logo, I want my custom logo or the windows default logo. I have found that UEFI ...
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How to fix EFI-boot on my Macbook Pro after Ubuntu install?

The MacBook does not boot. The screen stays blank (black) – not the grey, active screen like normal. To power off, I hold the power button down. After 5 boot attempts the MacBook finally shows the ...
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How to boot Acer Aspire Switch 10 from external media?

I have an Acer Aspire Switch 10 and I want to boot with a USB stick or a DVD-reader. I only can boot with a Windows 8 instal disk in it, having an EFI file on the DVD. With a recover USB stick (made ...
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What is the C:\EFI folder on Windows 10 Technical Preview and should a user be able to modify it?

I have not seen a folder named C:\EFI before, but I was wondering why the default permissions are not more restrictive. Every user could just delete that folder. What is this folder and is it ...
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WIN8 EFI GPT hdd does not boot

I have followed instructions here to test GPT and EFI partitions. all scripts from website works fine in winPE but after reboot, computer does not find hard drive bootable. At first I thought i need ...
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How can I place /boot/efi on a different drive than / and /home?

I am trying to install Fedora 21 onto a relatively recent Toshiba laptop. Due to firmware problems, I cannot alter the existing EFI partition. Therefore, I need to install /boot/efi on external media. ...
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How to register/convert a restored linux OS (bios) to EFI booting

First let me explain my current set up. I recently scrubbed my two main drives and converted them to GUID. On the primary drive (sdb in my case) I have created an EFI boot partition (ESP) on ...
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What is the correct way to install linux on a Macbook Pro

I've had a lot of trouble doing this. It always is unable to boot after installation (I get the famous question-mark in a folder thing). I've installed http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/ however after ...
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How to install windows 8.1 using OEM provided install.wim and boot.wim

Unfortunately, recently, my C drive got corrupted and I had to format the whole partition and reinstall the untouched windows 8. There are 2 recovery partition in my laptop which includes install.wim ...
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Debian + 4TB SATA + md RAID - Grub won't install, or if it does, won't boot

I'm trying to get Debian 7.8 amd64 setup on an system (G3220 CPU, mobo is an Asus H81I+) onto which I've installed two 4TB SATA hard drives. I admit I'm not up to snuff on EFI and such. My goal is ...
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replace efi firmware with old legacy bios?

So I bought a new laptop with 64-bit windows 8 pre-installed, and in preparation for downgrading to win7 32-bit, i've been reading about EFI and MBR etc.. It seems like the firmware which boots disks ...
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EFI partition not found

I’m instaling Debian in a laptop that already has Windows 8 installed. Everything went right but when I finish the partioning, a message says: EFI Partition not found, do you want to continue? ...
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UEFI ESPs and multiple disk drives

I have added a usb connected SSD (sdb) to my (originally Win8) UEFI Toshiba laptop...I am EFI multi-booting via GRUB2 just fine on my laptop HDD (sda)...I have installed a Manjaro KDE distro on the ...
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Do I need to re-install windows 8 to enable UEFI?

I know that UEFI provides for much faster boot up speeds, but as of right now it is disabled in my BIOS. Should I enable it and it'll switch over auto-magically?
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Windows 8.1 upgrade blew out other OSes on GPT disks?

I was multibooting an EFI laptop. The laptop was using GPTs, was using SecureBoot, and it had Windows 8.0, Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian on it. I updated the laptop to Windows 8.1 through the free App ...
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Hiren's Boot CD with UEFI support?

I am a long term user of Hiren's Boot CD, but the CD does not support booting on UEFI/EFI/SecureBoot hardware, is there some kind of update/patch to apply to the cd image to be able to boot without ...
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Linux Mint Installation : EFI Partition

I tried to install Linux Mint 17.1 MATE 64-bit edition on my asus laptop, which had installed Windows 8.1. I put CSM (Legacy BIOS) enabled, Secure Boot disabled, and boot with my Live CD USB (created ...
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2 additional partitions next to windows 8

so im trying to move my windows to different disk without harming them, and suddenly I found those two partitions in my disk: Can I just delete them or are they something important? from what I ...
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Moved Windows partition to the left, won't boot (EFI)

I'm at my wits' end with this problem. I've searched all over, but can't find a solution. I'm fairly new to Linux, and not an expert with computers generally, but having been messing around A LOT ...
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kali linux efi boot problems

I have just downloaded Kali Linux and used UNetBootin to install it to a 16GB HP V220W.I Followd the instructions in d kali website and created/EFI/BOOT structre and put d files in it. wrote grub.cfg ...
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No EFI boot possible with Clover EFI

So I have this Vaio Duo 11 sitting next to me, and it works very nice. But to have some sort of bootloader which also is compatible with Hackintosh, I wanted to install Clover. I used my MacBook Air ...
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Can I take out the HDD of an EFI/iCloud password protected Mac and clone it?

I have a situation in which I have Macs with an EFI and iCloud password protections, and I just need to clone the data in them (data far outweighs the device price), and I read somewhere that removing ...
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installing 32-bit windows: diskpart convert mbr error

I have an efi-based 64 bit system with win 8 pre-installed. I want to downgrade to 32-bit win 7 and so I booted up a bootable win 7 usb and opened command-prompt with shift+f10. I used convert mbr ...
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How do I convert an EFI System Partition into a normal GPT partition?

I had a Windows 8.1 that required a re-install. In the process, my 4TB secondary disk is now showing up in Disk Management as an EFI System Partition, with no volume. In DISKPART, a volume is shown, ...
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UBUNTU- How to fix windows boot configuration data when using

recently i used gparted to resize my partitions for windows 8 and ubuntu. Ever since then I have not been able to get onto windows 8. When ever i try clicking on the windows boot option (say is it on ...
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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + conversion to GPT

I have received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17 gb, 400mb used). I'm guessing this is the EFI partition, the laptop comes ...
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Windows 8.1 EFI Graphical Bootloader: Change OS Thumbnails

I've just used EasyBCD to tweak my Windows 8.1 EFI graphical bootloader, adding entries for Windows XP and Ubuntu. Both of them have a boring thumbnail of a window, while Windows 8 has a thumbnail of ...
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Modify UEFI Windows Boot Loader

I have installed 2 systems on my ultrabook Asus UX32VD. I use Windows 8.1 x64 - on first SSD disk and Kali Linux (security distribution based on Debian) - on second SSD disk. I have fully encrypted ...
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ArchLinux on MacbookPro 5.3 EFI single boot with hfs-bless

I want to try to install ArchLinux on my macbook pro 5.3 with EFI support, i don't want any other OS but Archlinux. but i am unable to convince Apple firmware to load my custom efi image. What i have ...
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Bios not recognizing USB in EFI mode

I got a brand new Laptop with pre installed windows OS i wanted to do a clean install Okay so this is what i did i created a bootable USB of windows 8.1 Pro. Then i booted my laptop which was by ...
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Boot menu in Asus efi bios utility shows old boot entries

So I decided to reformat my computer today and I formatted my harddisk but when I went back into the bios/efi I found that it had entries to "Windows Boot Manager", "Linux Mint" and "grub". Even when ...
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Can I repair EFI partition (Windows 8.1) from another Windows 8.1 Internal Hard or Ubuntu (Triple-Boot)?

I have a home-made Desktop PC with 2 Windows 8.1 (1 for Gaming, 1 for Regular work) and 1 Ubuntu. So last time I renamed my Gaming Windows from "Windows Boot Manager" to "Windows 8.1 Gaming" with ...
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Why isn't rEFInd shell loading?

Because of a two-steps deep problem, I need to boot into an EFI shell and run gptsync. I downloaded the flashdrive binaries of rEFInd 0.7.4, used dd to write the image to a thumbdrive, and it seems ...
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EFI partition malware?

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro, running 10.8.2 and was worried that the laptop may have been tampered with while left unattended for a few days while abroad in Asia. I have mounted my EFI partition using: ...
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Cannot EFI boot from Clonezilla disk image

I have created a Ubuntu Server 14.04 system that I would like to clone to several other machines with exactly the same hardware specifications. The system is an Intel NUC2820 with 30 GB SSD. The ...
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safe to delete EFI system partition (win7) on old drive after cloning?

a while back I cloned my old installation of win7 from my HDD to a new SSD using the tools provided by Samsung (if I remember correctly). I know I should have done a clean new install, but that's not ...
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Is it possible to bypass the 5-second delay in EFI shell?

Due to my unusual hardware configuration, i am forced to set two PCI registers using the mm EFI command before being able to boot Windows. Right now i have a build of the EFI shell (my mobo does not ...
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How to get rEFInd working with FileVault 2 on OSX 10.8

I installed rEFInd on my new Macbook Air which I planned on using to do a dual boot to Linux, but prior to installing Linux, I decided to encrypt my drive. I knew I was going to do this, so I had ...
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Caution: invalid backup GPT Header (gdisk)

Each time I boot into my Ubuntu installation, when I open gdisk I am given the messages: GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.8 Type device filename, or press <Enter> to exit: /dev/sda Caution: ...
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Is there a list of available boot-args for darwin / OS X

In OS X you can set boot parameters with nvram boot-args=[options] Where the options I know about -v (verbose) -x (safe mode) and arch=x86_64 (boot into 64 bit kernel on 64 bit capable machines). ...
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Is It Possible to Change BIOS on a graphics card to EFI?

I'll be using a PC graphics card in my Mac, but I know that there won't be a boot screen because PC graphics cards use BIOS instead of EFI. Is it possible to replace the graphics card's BIOS with EFI ...
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winload.efi error code 0xc000000f

I just ran into a really strange problem with my new Surface Pro 3. Everytime I install the [september driver pack from Microsoft the device won't boot anymore (screenshot). The windows 8.1 is a vhd ...
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ASUS M5A97 EVO R2 linux flash drive boot issues

I have a FX-8350 with a M5A97-EVO R2.0 motherboard. I'm not able to boot an arch linux nor an openSUSE 13.1 USB flash drives. Both are able to show the booting menu (gummiboot on Arch and GRUB on ...
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Cannot boot on windows 8 after installing Scientific Linux 6.5

I had a standard toshiba latop (2014 model with EFI), which came pre-installeed with windows 8.1 and I tried to install Scientific Linux(SL) 6.5 in dual boot mode. Originally, I couldn't install it as ...
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Tools to modify UEFI Variables in Windows/Linux?

I have a DELL machine that use Phoenix SecureCore Tiano as its UEFI/BIOS However, it is totally not configurable as its UEFI shell & menus are hidden in BIOS Setup. I'm wondering if there were ...