I am currently trying to have the laptop (HP Stream 11 - 2015 model with Intel Celeron N3050 processor) detect a Windows 8.1 32 bit UEFI install on my flash drive. I used RUFUS to setup the flash drive and used the UEFI GPT partition setup. When I insert the flash drive into my laptop, it somehow does not detect the flash drive.
Now when I put a 64 bit Windows 8.1 install onto the flash drive, the laptop is able to detect it in the bootable device menu and is able to boot into the Windows installation with no issue.
The reason why I want to install Windows 32-bit is because the laptop is limited to only 2GB of RAM and cannot be upgraded as it is soldered to the motherboard.
Now when I looked at the EFI Boot folder for the 32 bit Windows installation usb that I made, I noticed it has bootia32.efi and when I experimented by putting a bootx64.efi instead, it was able to detect the USB before getting to an error screen while trying to load the 32-bit Windows installation.
I am wondering if the EFI system on this HP Stream 11 (with 2GB RAM) has a x64 bit EFI system hence why it cannot even detect a 32 bit UEFI USB or maybe I'm doing something wrong here. If that is the case, I am wondering if there are any workarounds or will I have to disable UEFI and use BIOS instead to install Windows 32 bit (unless there is a good reason to install a 64 bit Windows on a computer with 2GB of RAM?)