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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Installing Windows 10 on a Samsung 850 EVO SSD gets stuck at “Copying Windows files (0%)”

Recently, I acquired a Samsung 850 EVO 120 GB SSD to use for OS (Windows 10) installation. After creating a bootable USB installer (using Rufus) and booting from it, I can do the following things: ...
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A UEFI entry is corrupt. How do I fix it?

I uninstalled Windows 10 from my triple boot setup to be left with dual boot but the UEFI entry for it stayed after I removed the drive, so to remove it I used easyUEFI to remove the entry but it just ...
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SSD causes UEFI to load very slow on reboot (~15 sec)

I've recently bought an ADATA Premier Pro SP900 128 GB M.2 . It works fine , it's fast , but I have one issue with it . When I start the laptop , UEFI loads fast in a second or so , goes to my ...
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UEFI detection (ESPs)

Does the UEFI boot manager detect the ESPs inside the GPTs on every storage device, based on the global-scope variables (boot-configuration) stored in NVRAM? Reading the UEFI booting from ...
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Windows won't boot in UEFI mode, issue with the BCD

I received a new Clevo P650SE laptop. The laptop only had a 500GB 7200RPM HDD to begin with, so yesterday I added my Samsung 840 EVO SSD. As I wanted this to now be the primary drive, I made another ...
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Installed Ubuntu next to Windows 10 caused nothing to boot anymore

The following broke my PC. Installed Windows 10 Education x64 final release Booted Ubuntu 15.04 install disc Installed Ubuntu with option to install next to Windows Installation said it has been ...
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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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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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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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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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Can EFI/UEFI theoretically steal LUKS password?

I usually keep my data private by encrypting the whole hard drive. My previous notebook had BIOS, without UEFI. I have bought macbook, want to install linux in dualboot there. So I wonder if EFI can ...
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bitlocker on/off after uefi flash and recovery key has changed?

Amendment: I noticed that though, BL is turned off, that when I try to use recovery options in Windows 10, or when I turn off and back on the TPM in UEFI, that the BL "recovery key" from the original ...
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Why can't I boot in UEFI Mode?

I just upgraded my computer from a HDD to an SSD. When I boot my computer with the new SSD, it must be in the legacy boot mode, or it will fail to start. My old drive was UEFI, but now that option ...
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Starting a custom UEFI application from Windows Boot Manager

Is it possible to make a boot menu entry in Windows Boot Manager BCD to start a custom (signed) UEFI application like, say, GRUB or Intel's UEFI Shell? What are the relevant bcdedit commands? It is ...
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Installing Windows x64 on 32-bit UEFI (EFI-IA32) via GRUB

I am attempting to install Windows 10 x64 (64-bit) on a device that only has 32-bit UEFI (for the moment) Since x64 Linux can be booted via a custom 32-bit GRUB.. I assume it could also do the same ...
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Triple-boot: OSX, Linux, & Windows with full disk encryption

I have a Macbook Air (MacBookAir6'2) that I want to set up a triple-boot on: Required Operation Systems: OSX (10.11.3) Linux (Debian based: Elementary or Mint) Windows 8.1 Pro The 2 main ...
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How to Using Metro Boot Manager on UEFI BIOS when Dual Boot with Linux

I have a problem when trying to set up dual boot (Windows 10 + Linux Mint 17) in UEFI mode or on a GPT disk. I cannot go back to using the default Windows 10 boot manager? In Legacy mode or on MBR ...
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How to do UEFI+GPT with a iso file greater than 4GB

As I understand the only way I can reformat my laptop which is gpt+uefi by default is if I crate a bootable usb that is also gpt+uefi. However the image file that I have is greater than 4GB and RUFUS ...
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Windows 10 boot error

I recently created a bootable USB it using Rufus on a Windows 10 laptop in order to install Windows 10 add alongside Ubuntu for a dual boot on my desktop. I created the USB in Fat32 format. My empty ...
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Zotac Nano uses lots of power while on standby and accesses USB stick - why?

I have a Zotac Nano mini PC with a UEFI firmware here. I have noticed that when on "standby" it consumes a few Watt of power. To illustrate: We start with the power supply disconnected (the power ...
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Why does the FreeBSD kernal crash on UEFI boot?

I recently downloaded the FreeBSD 10.2 distribution from the official website; I used the 'FreeBSD-10.2-RELEASE-amd64-uefi-memstick.img.xz' file. I used MS ImageWriter to image a USB and proceeded to ...
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UEFI-Implementation-Issue (can lead to a hard-brick) - ASUS Zenbook UX303LA-R4342H

Edit (Current-Progress): ASUS released a new "BIOS-Update" (BIOS 210; Update FW) which fixes the "BIOS-Settings" issues, but I'm not sure if it also fixes the efibootmgr hard-bricking issues (I don't ...
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Is there a way to select a custom ROM for virtual machine in Virtual Box?

Using QEMU it is straightforward to select different ROMs either as the main ROM or as a peripheral ROM (i.e. video or network card). Is there equivalent functionality in VirtualBox? I am aware of ...
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Where is the UEFI boot order stored?

I know the UEFI boot loaders are stored on a FAT32 partition on my (usually GPT) drive, but where is the boot order stored? My reasoning: It can't be stored as part of the firmware settings, since ...
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How to Change/Remove UEFI Hard Disk Password

I am using an ASUS laptop running Windows 8 and have forgot a UEFI password. The password isn't essential to startup, for I have a user password and a master password. I know the user one, but I've ...
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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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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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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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New Mainboard Z97-K and OS is only bootable with the usage a LiveCD

I have a new Mainboard, CPU, Ram for his PC - a Asus Z97-K other components like PSU, SSD, HDD are taken from the old Bios based Core2Duo PC The OS is Linux Mint 16 and the LiveCD also - there is no ...
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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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How to change 'timeout' of the UEFI boot manager from Windows 8?

How can I change the 'timeout' setting of the EFI boot manager from within Windows 8? I am trying to dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu and I would like to be able to choose one or the other OS at boot ...