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Windows 7: Do I or don't I

26 Jan 2015   #51
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok mate I installed the 7 Home version the first time myself and I did not touch the BIOS as you know I am very wary of it. The seller did the install of 7 Pro and all the problems that came with it so I don't know if they altered the BIOS in any way in any case they did not update it.
I will send pics tomorrow of all the BIOS screens as I am at work and on my old laptop and no camera with me.
Anyway thanks to everyone for sticking with this one as it seems it os going to be something simple I think - well hope.


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26 Jan 2015   #52
DavidE

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It might also help if you can boot the PC with a bootable Partition Wizard CD, with the SSD that won't bootup installed.
If you can, post a screen print of that.
Maybe the person that installed the Win 7 pro changed it from UEFI to legacy BIOS, and from GPT to MBR ???
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26 Jan 2015   #53
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok David I took these for TV and will do the other when I get up as I just got home and quickly took these before I hit the sack - working tonight.


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26 Jan 2015   #54
DavidE

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I would disable fast boot and see if that makes a difference, at least temporarily.
When i enable fast boot in 8.1 on my triple boot test box it automatically boots win 8.1 and i can't select the other Win 7 OSs.
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26 Jan 2015   #55
TVeblen

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I'd like to see two things expanded:
  • SATA Configuration
  • Intel Anti-Theft Technology Configuration
Both are on the Advanced Tab


In the meantime, on the Boot Tab, the Launch CSM should be Enabled for W7.
But lets see whats under that Anti-Theft first.
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26 Jan 2015   #56
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok the fast boot just got me the black and white screen / window and then I just have to tap F2 to get ack the BIOS. The SATA settings in Advanced TV in the pic it shows the optical but it does npt give it as option in the boot order.

PS should have posted that tab.


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27 Jan 2015   #57
DavidE

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What happens if you click "Disabled" in your last screen print for Boot Option #1?
What happens if you click "Add New Boot Option" in your last screen print ?

I have old PCs, so i don't have any UEFI i can play with ...

@TVeblen
Do you think a Win 7 Startup Repair might help sort this out ?
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27 Jan 2015   #58
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Disabled option - I tried that David and it yielded that black and white window again which tells me to insert the installation disk but the problem is it is not recognizing any other boot options apart from the Windows Boot manager (hard drive) - The other thing you will notice is there are no options for the machine to boot from a USB stick either.
PS I did try the add new boot option typed in DVD because I had no idea what to put in that box but nothing happened.

So in essence I have only one boot option and cannot boot from a disk or stick at all. So it seems like it is a unsolvable problem right now.

I did contact Asus support with this issue but as yet no replies which is fairly typical I find these days once they have your cash then I think they leave one to sink or swim. All in all pretty poor service in my mind and leaves a bad taste in ones mouth.

What I think I might have to do is reinstall the original drive with 8 because at least that boots and run the system in 7 style like this old Toshiba - it really grates me but I don't see what else I can do.

To be honest and this is my own personal opinion is that Microsoft made a monster with 8 and Asus have not been very user friendly in making this particular machine and between them have created more problems than they realize (or probably care about).

I just want to thank all who have tried to help because it must be just as frustrating to you too but I really am very appreciative for all the effort and I am so glad to have had you all at hand to try and get something sorted out.

My problems have been going on since October last year with this machine with activation problems and some rather unpleasant dealings with the dealer and frankly I am a little sick of it all and in hindsight - well we know what happens with that.

Perhaps if I do get that drive in I might be able to clone the partitions to a smaller SSD to make things a tad quicker - which is the only saving grace of Windows 8 otherwise I think it is a crap OS that is not as user friendly as 7 has always been.
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27 Jan 2015   #59
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post

@TVeblen
Do you think a Win 7 Startup Repair might help sort this out ?
I doubt it. It shouldn't.
The problem should not have anything to do with Windows or it's startup. As far as we know, no changes were made in the OS. From the pics John has posted it looks like a SecureBoot issue.

He should work with the BIOS settings first. The solution must be there. The BIOS settings are all that were changed.
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27 Jan 2015   #60
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep well if I knew why the BIOS settings were not detecting the optical and USB in the boot options it would help TV but as you can see they just are not there for some inexplicable reason.
I see things in the BIOS like CSM and stuff like that but Googles tell me very little except this one which looks a little promising Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD? - Super User
What do you think??
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