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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EFI VMware Virtual SCSI Hard Drive (0.0) … unsuccessful

I installed VMware-workstation-full-8.0.0-471780 and created new virtual machine with OS X 10.6.6 with 4GB Ram, 1 Processor, 40GB Hard Disk(SCSI) and General --> Guest Operating system : Apple Mac OS ...
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Boot from CD using UEFI instead of BIOS

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P. This is my last attempt at recovering my computer, as my recovery partitions are gone and I cannot boot into my computer otherwise. I have Windows 8 x64 OEM installed. I ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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Dual Boot Windows (any Version) + Linux (any Distribution) with GPT/UEFI, full system encryption and shared partitions

I didn't think that my requiremetns were too special, but my search really didn't yield too many results, so I still got some quesitons unanswered. Basically I'm getting new hardware and will do a ...
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Uefi and full disk encryption with lvm on luks

I have an asus machine on which i can use old bios and new uefi. I've always used the old bios system, running a full encrypted debian with the following configuration: an unencrypted boot partition ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 on pre-installed Windows 8 laptop

I have a newer HP laptop with preinstalled Windows 8. I want to dual boot Windows 7 with it, but am unable to boot to the USB. To start with, I downloaded an .iso from Microsoft that I then copied ...
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Having problems with booting GRUB for EFI on USB stick

Whatever I do, it constantly drops me into the 'bash prompt'. Never displays a menu, nothing. I'm running GRUB on a USB stick formatted as msdos (so, FAT) and when I boot into it, GRUB simply won't ...
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Is the default Windows 8 UEFI/GPT Partition Scheme necessary?

I'm installing Windows 8 on a UEFI computer with a GPT drive array (RAID 0), and whenever I try to create a new partition the installer creates additional partions according to the default Windows 8 ...
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System does not work anymore after migrating to UEFI

I have recently updated my BIOS to UEFI (big mistake...). When I boot in Windows 7 x64 now, it does not recognize any USB driver (even mouse and keyboard).I tried to use Windows Repair Disc to Restore ...
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Windows 7 EFI Partition Deleted

I converted my Windows 7 GPT disk to dynamic, which resulted in it being unable to boot. So I used EaseUs Partition Master on my second Win 7 installation to convert the disk back to basic. Now, I ...
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bootable USB key cannot boot in legacy mode?

I used the netbootin to generate a Mint 17.1 live USB on a EFI kubuntu system. It can be boot in computer with UEFI mode. However, if I change to legacy mode, the live USB cannot boot at all. Is ...
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My bios is not showing up on bootup

My Windows 7 was crashed so I tried to to boot windows 8 from usb and in bios settings I went to advanced tab and in that I just selected (USB-name)UEFI boot and then my laptop restarted automatically ...
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Hard disk does not show any Partitions during windows installation

I have a samusung laptop 365e which ive been using for over a year now, it's been working well but it started freezing all of a sudden during it execution. it then finally refused to boot but instead, ...
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Grub rescue command line, chainloading Windows 7 installer

I currently have grub2 installed on a Baytrail tablet along with Ubuntu 14.10 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (32-bit). The tablet comes with 32-bit UEFI only firmware, and a 64-bit atom processor. Using ...
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Asus Access BIOS Windows 8 Instructions

For these instructions to access the BIOS from asus, when accessing the advanced startup do I need to be admin?
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UEFI multi-factor authentication on admin password?

Many UEFI vendors offer boot and Admin passwords for a local machine. For a normal cold boot or reset, I would like the UEFI system to simply pick the properly signed bootloader and proceed. Having ...
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Dell E6410 UEFI

I'm having problems with my laptop using UEFI. What happens is, I can boot a UEFI operating system only if I go into boot options and manually select it. It will not automatically boot into any UEFI ...
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Unable to enter UEFI with on boot (With F2/F12)

Symtom is somewhat like this. BIOS is broken (?) I can still enter UEFI Setup using efibootmgr -n on Linux, however press F2 according to what shown on the screen does nothing. Same for F12 (that is ...
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Setting up VHD Boot for Windows 8.1 32-bit OS on 64-bit UEFI

I have a Surface Pro 3 that natively runs Windows 8.1 64-bit. By extension, the UEFI on the device has a 64-bit boot loader. I am attempting to setup the device to allow a VHD boot into a Windows 8.1 ...
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Windows 8.1 Re-Installation on Acer Aspire - Key Issue

On Acer Aspire V3 model, Windows 8 recovery partition could not complete a fresh installation. It kept stumbling on error; it seems corrupted though I check the disk for erros/bad sectors and did not ...
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Restore hardware entries in UEFI from Windows 8.1

After a missuse of efibootmgr under Centos 7, I have deleted every boot entries in UEFI, including USB, CD-ROM, DVD. So I couldn't boot anything. I recovered Windows with the recoverer partition, but ...
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Is BIOS/UEFI used after OS startup?

I know that BIOS/UEFI is used during computer startup to boot the system and check HW and that it provides abstraction over hardware Does this mean, that the OS kernel calls BIOS/UEFI layer when the ...
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Windows 7 changes my uefi default boot when it starts

I installed Windows 7 in a HP Compaq 6300. First I disabled secure boot and enabled legacy mode. Then I installed Ubuntu in other partition. Ubuntu detected some uefi partitions and let me create / ...
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UEFI shell mode with no colon key

I have a newly built PC with a UEFI-enabled motherboard and I'm having trouble getting my DVD drive to boot into UEFI mode so I opted to boot into UEFI Shell to manually start the DVD in UEFI mode. ...
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Unable to access UEFI settings on Lenovo

I have a Lenovo G580 on which I installed Windows 8 and several Linux distros which have messed with my booting. The last I used was boot-repair tool. I have an EFI partition on sda2. The Grub load ...
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Booting a GPT USB key on older BIOS laptop

I have an old HP EliteBook 8530p, which does not support booting from GPT USB (GPT HDDs are fine though). Lately I had the wish to have a fast-to-start OS for browsing, smaller web tasks, etc., so I ...
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Trying windows 7 dual boot on a windows 8 machine

I have a ThinkPad (T530) with Windows 8.1 with one HDD and this is what I have done to achieve dual boot with Windows 7 on this machine - On my main and only hard disk I created a new volume ...
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EFI not found when installing Debian 7.4 beside Windows 8.1

I am searching the whole time in some forums, but unfortunately I could not really get a solution. I have Windows 8.1 running on my computer, booting with UEFI. Now I installed Debian 7.4 (basics ...
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How can I manually partition and provision a Windows 8 USB install drive with UEFI bios and GPT scheme?

For whatever reason, I cannot get the windows 7 and windows 8 usb install tools to see my usbdrive, even though my bios can. How can I manually (from elevated command prompt) partition and provision ...
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how to disable hard drives in UEFI bios?

sometimes I need to disconnect a hard drive. I have to open my computer and unplug the sata power cable. I am wondering if its possible to disable the hard drive in UEFI bios. I am using asus p8p67 ...
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Arch Linux USB Installer Infinite Loop & How to Properly Partition a UEFI Disk Before Installing Arch Linux

I would like to install Arch Linux and am familiar with GParted and its use. However, my computer comes with Windows on it, along with an EFI system partition on /dev/sda2. This seems to be a pretty ...
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How can I boot to DOS with a UEFI BIOS? (re: updating BIOS)

I have a Supermicro X9SCM-F motherboard and I'd like to upgrade the BIOS because I'm having trouble installing Windows 8.1 (and apparently I'm on a very old BIOS). However, I can't seem to boot to ...
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Dualboot Fedora 20 + Windows 8 on separate drives

Well hello there, I have a little problem with my dualboot setup. So I decided to dualboot Windows (for gaming-puposes) and Fedora (for everything else), and I also decided to give them separate ...
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How do I find the storage capacity of the E²PROM chip on my motherboard? How much space is needed for UEFI to be implemented?

I'm looking at a solution for upgrading BIOS to UEFI on a motherboard that doesn't natively support UEFI. Another user, Rod Smith, replied to a question as to how this would be done stating: "It's ...
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Tails “clone” LiveUSB wont boot

I'll try to be as clear as possible. I did install Tails to a USB, then I cloned it over another USB and thats where the problems started. The "clone tails usb" won't start in my laptop. I did try ...
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Moving a system partition to new Hardware with Win8/UEFI, without screwing up BCD

My existing Win 8 install is historically installed on a MBR dynamic disk (that's so I can soft mirror the data partition which is on the same disk). I just bought a new motherboard/new HDD, and I ...
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Install Windows 7 64bit from USB drive in UEFI mode

I got a Lenovo Ideapad Y580 with Windows 8 and I want to install Windows 7 on it. I followed the instructions on this link to create a UEFI Windows 7 Install USB flash drive - but it does not work. I ...
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Using UEFI to access CPU features which are locked in BIOS

I have Dell Latitude E6420 with SandyBridge i5-2520M and standard issue Dell BIOS (version A15). In certain situations computer produces annoying high-pitched noise (it is not loud but it is ...
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Windows 8 and Windows 7 UEFI

I have Windows 7 x64 SP1 installed on my Asus P8Z68-V LX board through UEFI (on a GPT HDD). I wanna install Windows 8 on the partition I made for it. But I don't have a DVD or USB drive so I ...
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windows 7, UEFI, and GPT woes

This might end up being a bit of a long question, but here it goes. I have a desktop PC that runs windows 7. A couple of years ago, I had my main drive die (C drive). I bought a brand new disk and ...
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Update Realtek UEFI UNDI Driver

I have a ASUS J1900 motherboard with UEFI BIOS (Realtek UEFI UNDI Driver v2.023). I downloaded archive with RtkUndiDxe.efi v 2.035. How can I update bios?
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Debian 8 Installer (partman) doesn't detect Hard Disk Drives on Ultrabook, but all other linux commands (fdisk -l, lsblk…) does detect

I'm installing Debian 8.0.0 and 8.1.0 (both amd64) on a Ultrabook (Dell Inspiron 14z 5423) which has both a SSD and a SATA HDD. During the install, when it asks for partitioning, I choose "manual" ...
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Auto power on UEFI tablet (Linx 7)

may not be the correct place to post this. www.linx-tablets.com/linx-7.html I need to get my Linx 7 tablet to auto power on when power is applied (when not in connected standby)?. I've asked the ...
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Restore .gho image with UEFI

I have created a Ghost .gho image (split among many files) from a Toshiba Satellite with Windows 8, with a version of Ghost which I do not recall (it is either 9.0, 11, or 11.5; I am still trying to ...
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Booting SD card from UEFI

I've come across the problem. I'm trying to boot a bootable SD Card using UEFI. However, this doesn't work, as there is no "SD Card" boot option AFAIK. I have tried putting all the USB-related ...
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How to change UEFI bootmanager from EFI Shell?

When booted to the EFI shell, I see I can access the EFI variables, which contain the boot manager settings. But how do I change boot order or add new boot options while inside EFI shell?
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4T RAID 0 Partitioning issue

I am building a new workstation 1.2T 10K SAS X 4 for Win 7 Pro SP1 x64 I must use RAID 0 for this workstation. What I would like to have is C = 500G D = rest of spaces So BOIS based system with ...
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Windows UEFI repair

I have an Acer Aspire 571-series laptop that came with Windows 8 preinstalled (now upgraded to 8.1). Last week I installed the OS X Yosemite (hackintosh) to triple boot with Windows and Ubuntu, and ...
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Flash 64-Bit UEFI on Intel Baytrail Tablet

Is it possible to flash a 64-bit UEFI on an Intel BayTrail Tablet which currently has a 32-Bit UEFI? I tried to install a 64-Bit Ubuntu 14.04 (which surprisingly worked) but after the installation my ...
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UEFI not recognizing USB 3.0 drive

I would like to run Windows To Go on an external USB 3.0 drive and whenever it is plugged into my laptop, Windows should run instead of Ubuntu 14.04. I successfully installed and configured Windows ...