The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface BIOS (UEFI) is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware. UEFI is a replacement for the older BIOS firmware interface present in all IBM PC-compatible personal computers

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How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?

I installed Windows 7 and Windows 8 in EFI mode on a hard disk some days ago. Today, the bootloader got missing/corrupted. I currently have the Windows 8 installer on a flash drive and tried using ...
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Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD?

I just bought a new PC and the default installed OS is Windows 8. I want to install Windows 7 but when I go into the boot options screen I only have one option: Windows Boot Manager I can't find my ...
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How to know if my BIOS supports UEFI?

I recently bought a new Dell notebook for my girlfriend and I want to know if the computer comes with a UEFI BIOS, unfortunately I didnt find any information in the manual or on Windows, is there some ...
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Is is possible to update BIOS to UEFI?

I just ran the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant on an older machine (just for fun) and was informed that due to lack of UEFI firmware, Secure Boot would not be supported. What I want to know is, is it ...
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How to tell if windows 7 installer boot in EFI or BIOS?

I have a windows 7 64bit installation USB. I want to know if the windows 7 installer has booted into EFI or BIOS mode. I googled and found a solution here ...
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What is the difference in “Boot with BIOS” and “Boot with UEFI”

Now Windows 8 supports the UEFI bootloader and I have read that its different from the BIOS, but it's unclear to me after many searches on the Google. Some points in mind are below As we all know, ...
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How do you install Linux alongside Windows 8 without corrupting the Windows 8 boot configuration?

In order to install Linux Mint 14 alongside Windows 8 I disabled UEFI and booted to a flash drive with the Linux image. I installed Linux, restarted the computer, and the GRUB boot loader appeared. ...
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Is there any way to boot Windows 7/8 using BIOS on GPT?

I'd like to know if there's a method to get Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview to install to a GPT disk on my traditional IBM PC BIOS setup. Windows 7, of course, rejects my GPT partition, ...
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What are the advantages to install Windows 7 with UEFI?

I just received a Dell Precision M4600 and looking at BIOS it seems it has UEFI support but it is disabled. So due to the fact that I need to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch, do you suggest to ...
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If I buy a computer with Windows 8 and Secure Boot, will I still be able to install Linux?

I've heard a lot about how Microsoft is implementing UEFI Secure Boot in Windows 8. Apparently it prevents "unauthorized" bootloaders from running on the computer, to prevent malware. There's a ...
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How do I boot my Samsung laptop from a CD/DVD?

I have a Samsung Series 3 laptop and want to boot from an Ubuntu Live CD. When I press F10 to pull up the BIOS/boot configuration, I don't get an option to boot from the CD. Similarly, in the BIOS, ...
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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI with GPT laptop?

I’m currently pulling out hairs about a problem with my wife’s new Samsung Book 9 laptop. it comes preinstalled with Windows 8. She wants Windows 7 Pro. I’ve board a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for her and ...
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Is it possible to downgrade an OEM Windows 8 install to Windows 7?

I recently purchased an ASUS K55A. Like all Windows 8 machines, it come with a UEFI feature called Secure Boot. This basically makes sure that the laptop won't load anything other than the Windows 8 ...
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Windows (using UEFI boot on GPT disk) will no longer boot after adding an MBR hard disk

I have recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD using UEFI boot and GPT. The system worked fine. After adding my old system HD to the system (that uses MBR), Windows will no longer boot ...
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What are the disadvantages of not using UEFI boot?

I bought a Samsung series 9 laptop with 64-bit Windows 8 pre-installed and wish to install Linux (probably Ubuntu 13.04 when it comes out ext week, but also considering mint 14). Now there have been ...
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Windows detects GPT disk as MBR in EFI boot

This disk is OCZ VERTEX 128GB SSD. It is formatted as GPT from OSX. The disk layout is, /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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How to create an UEFI bootable USB stick from an ISO

I have an ISO image of my backup solution's recovery cd. When I burn the image to a CD-ROM, I can boot from it in UEFI or normal mode without problems. Unfortunately, this is no solution for my ...
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How to CLEAN INSTALL Windows 7 Professional 64Bit on Dell Inspiron 15R Turbo / Special Edition laptop?

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 15R Turbo/Special Edition with following configuration: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M processor, Windows 8 Single Language, English (64bit), 8GB 2 DIMM (4GB ...
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No discs found when trying to install Windows 8 with UEFI

I have a Vizio Notebook (CN15-A5). It came pre-installed with Windows 8 x64 and is taking advantage of UEFI out of the box. The BIOS (APTOS AMI) is in Secure Boot mode with the OS selected as "Windows ...
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Will my computer be able to run Windows 8 without UEFI?

Will I be able to run windows 8 on my system, even though I am not using UEFI? Is there a work around if I don't want to use UEFI?
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Updating BIOS on DOS

I am using a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 motherboard on my computer. I wanted to migrate from Award BIOS to UEFI. I downloaded the binary file from the Gigabyte product page, but when I tried to run, it ...
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Just installed Fedora 18 and computer is not booting

After some initial trouble, I was able to install Fedora 18, but Had to Disable Secure Boot, disable Fast Boot, and Enable CSM. Side Note: I was reading that by Enableing CSM I was not going to be ...
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H MB problems

I installed a new system last week. I've some issues with it. The system consists of a: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H with F9 BIOS (latest) Intel Core i5 3570K proccesor Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2x 8GB ...
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How can I add a second hard drive to a previously configured UEFI/ACHI Windows 8 machine?

Recently purchased a new Windows 8 PC. It came with one hard drive. I want to a second hard drive to it. This second hard drive is my data hard drive from my previous computer. However, I have run ...
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Make UEFI, GPT, Bootloader, SSD, USB, Linux and Windows work together

I like to use the latest hardware and the latest software; thus I have a Laptop (Lenovo X220) with UEFI instead of BIOS an SSD instead of an HDD GPT partitioning scheme instead of MBR USB to boot ...
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How to reinstall GRUB2 EFI?

After successfully updating my bios, something went wrong and I ended up with a blinking cursor on the top left corner of a black screen. No errors, no nothing. The bios now only listed a SATA: ...
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Why would an EFI “BIOS” update break the EFI boot manager?

After successfully updating my P8H67-m pro with the latest "bios" version I ended up with a blinking cursor on the top left corner of a black screen. No errors, no nothing. The bios now only listed a ...
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EFI booting and EFI Boot Partition

I read that there needs to be an EFI system partition. Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EFI_System_partition The EFI System partition is a partition on a data storage device that ...
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What hardware device used to eat up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM, and now suddenly after no hardware changes eats up 2.2GB?

This is more or less a continuation of What hardware device eats up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM? While I have more or less accepted the solution there that for some mysterious reason, after a BIOS upgrade ...
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UEFI boot options gone

I ran into some issues booting Windows after trying to make a complete backup of the disc. After searching for information about some of the error codes, I found advise to change some BIOS settings, ...
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Adding Windows 7 boot entry in an EFI bootloader

Long story short, I use EasyBCD and accidentally delete the Windows 7 boot entry from the boot manager. My laptop is Asus N46VZ and it uses EFI. I want to restore the bootloader by adding the windows ...
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How can I use TrueCrypt under windows 8.1?

I know that TrueCrypt doesn't support windows 8 because some systems have UEFI enabled. It seems that if UEFI is disabled or Windows 8 is installed on an non UEFI system TrueCrypt just works fine in ...
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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + UEFI BIOS

I received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17GB, 400MB used). I'm guessing this is the UEFI partition; the laptop comes with ...
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Windows 8 changes boot order

I installed Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on a 3TB GPT disk in UEFI mode. Both can boot up OK. Both operating systems created their ntries in the UEFI boot menu, there's an "ubuntu" and a "Windows 8" ...
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Linux on UEFI - how to reboot to the UEFI setup screen like Windows 8 can?

makeuseof.com explains that Windows 8 certified hardware has a new way to enter the UEFI setup screen (equivalent to BIOS). From How To Access The BIOS On A Windows 8 Computer: No longer do we ...
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Windows 8 Not Shutting Down Properly With Fast Start-Up Enabled

While Fast start-up is enabled, on turning the computer off (shutdown) the computer idles for about 5min after logging out/screen turning off. It then turns off. On returning into Windows I receive ...
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How to restore UEFI on a Windows 8 preinstalled laptop

I will explain things as well as I can, but even after a bunch of reading, I am still not too up on UEFI. I generally deal with high level software. So I have a preinstalled Windows 8 system that ...
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Can UEFI settings brick new laptops?

See closed question - this is a less localised version of the same question. Summary: changing CMS support in BIOS after attempting dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 bricked my laptop. While ...
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Do I need UEFI enabled in BIOS for a 4TB external, non-boot disk?

I just want to use a 4TB drive to store data. Do I need to do anything about UEFI in BIOS? When I Google, it always seems to be talking about boot disks larger than 2TB, so I am not sure if this is ...
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Grub2 fails to chainload Windows 7 with error “invalid signature”

I've built a new UEFI 64-bit system with both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 installed (on separate hard drives). I'd like to be able to boot Windows 7 from the grub menu, but I have so far been ...
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Does Windows 8 Consumer Preview already support installation on UEFI-capable systems?

I recently bought a new Acer laptop that I believe already has UEFI, so I just want to know if I install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it, will it be installed as a GPT partition using all UEFI ...
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How to re-sign the Windows boot loader to re-enable secure boot on an HP laptop?

I just purchased a "HP Pavilion 15-B055ca (C7C80UA#ABL) Ultrabook" from my local computer store the other day, as well as an SSD hard drive. I removed the original 500GB HDD, installed a 120GB SSD, ...
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Dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu?

I've installed Windows 8 on a machine (Lenovo X220 laptop) with Ubuntu 12.10 already installed on another disk. I am guessing that Windows 8 has convinced the laptop to switch to UEFI boot (rather ...
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Windows 8.1 UEFI x64 & Windows XP x64 Dual-Boot

I want to add option to boot in XP into the Win8.1 boot menu. So I have 2 drives: On the first one I have installed Windows 8.1 x64 UEFI; And on the second - Windows XP x64. Following is what I ...
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What can an end user do with efi or uefi?

Other than greater support for hardware, what advantage or use could an end user (read: NOT an expert) do with an EFI shell or EFI BIOS? I've seen the shell once on my MacBook Pro, but it seemed ...
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Enabling UEFI mode in BIOS after having set it to CSM mode, and not being able to get back into BIOS

I set my BIOS to CSM only mode after being unable to boot into windows after upgrading it to 8.1 and not being able to boot from a USB stick to repair it. I ended up putting in a formatted SSD, and ...
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To dual boot from an SSD with a 2 TB HD for data, must I use UEFI?

I currently have a 120 GB SSD with Windows 7 and a 2 TB harddrive for data. I wanted to install Ubuntu alongside win7 on the SSD but as I am using UEFI I ran into lots of problems and gave up after a ...
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Installing Windows 8 in UEFI mode not booting [duplicate]

Installing Windows 8 in UEFI mode using a usb is not working for me. I followed various instructions on the web on making a UEFI bootable usb, but to no avail. On my (ASUS) computer's booting menu, ...
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Can I enable Secure Boot on a computer where Windows 8 was not preinstalled?

Despite all the hate surrounding Secure Boot, I frankly think it's a good idea, if it can be turned off by the user (which it can be on non-ARM systems). My laptop didn't have Windows 8 installed, but ...
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Boot Linux with ELILO from EFI & GPT

Last time that I tried to create Ubuntu/grub2 dual-boot on my new Asus computer, which came preinstalled with Windows 8, I almost stoned it. So, I'm thinking to use ELILO as my bootloader for my new ...