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Windows 7: Enabling UEFI

15 May 2012   #11
ICIT2LOL

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

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hum you might have something there cyclic as the ref to UEFI is in the BIOS settings as just enable or disable it makes no mention of type or alternatives at that setting site.
What are you trying to use UEFI for? Have you enabled it, then booted up your Windows 7 x64 disc in EFI mode and installed Windows under EFI?
Well Keg I was curious to be honest and this is my test machine that I found a BIOS entry for enable / disable UEFI and reading that it is the future so to speak.

Thought I'd give it a try but enabling didn't do anything so I have secure erased and reinstalled 7 again under ACHI which was enabled anyway and well am waiting on some advice re setting this up as I said I am just curious as to what you can do with it as opposed to the Intel BIOS which I have now and I find rather complicated and lengthy to figure out as I don't have much or very little knowledge of what a lot of the settings actually mean apart from TRO like boot order etc.

So you see I am a bit green with these things and thought well best left alone now it is booting much faster now than before until I get a really concept of the feature.

But if you have any advice that would help me out I would be most appreciative as the Intel site is as you know a morass of info that takes a Phd to wade through.


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15 May 2012   #12
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
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ICit2LOL said:

"So you see I am a bit green with these things and thought well best left alone now it is booting much faster now than before until I get a really concept of the feature. But if you have any advice that would help me out I would be most appreciative as the Intel site is as you know a morass of info that takes a Phd to wade through."

I am in the same boat. My Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe loaded up so smooth I didn't learn a thing. Asus has software that goes with the board that has a lot of features. One being overclock. It set my CPU to 4.12 GHZ and runs memory at 1850 GHZ. So I haven't learned very much. But that hasn't stopped me from tweaking it at lesiurely pace. I agree about intels info it is there you just need to dig it out and comprehend it. (CPU I7 3770K)
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15 May 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

It's a coming onslaught that might upend our Installation methods here, given that EFI BIOS can vary.

The greatest commonality is that they offer the choice to make an EFI install normally by setting an EFI boot disk first to boot in BIOS setup, requiring a GPT formatted disk. The only benefit I see is unlimited Primary partitions. But we do fine with MBR HD's by using Logicals.

So I would stick with MBR disks to avoid problems which become even more complex during repairs. We will need to relearn a lot.
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15 May 2012   #14
ICIT2LOL

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
ICit2LOL said:

"So you see I am a bit green with these things and thought well best left alone now it is booting much faster now than before until I get a really concept of the feature. But if you have any advice that would help me out I would be most appreciative as the Intel site is as you know a morass of info that takes a Phd to wade through."

I am in the same boat. My Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe loaded up so smooth I didn't learn a thing. Asus has software that goes with the board that has a lot of features. One being overclock. It set my CPU to 4.12 GHZ and runs memory at 1850 GHZ. So I haven't learned very much. But that hasn't stopped me from tweaking it at lesiurely pace. I agree about intels info it is there you just need to dig it out and comprehend it.
Yes HH I agree 100% I did find refs to software in the Intel site and am busy trying to find it again strange thing is as I was telling a friend just now the Giga H67 I have in the main has no ref to UEFI at all yet this old 2008 board has

Still my next build I am not skimping on and ma going to try out an Asus board next (ASUS P8Z77-V PRO with an i5 Ivy Bridge) as my boards have all been Gigas in the past and the support is extremely tedious to get. Plus the Asus is going to have this feature not quite obscure eh?
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15 May 2012   #15
ICIT2LOL

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's a coming onslaught that might upend our Installation methods here, given that EFI BIOS can vary.

The greatest commonality is that they offer the choice to make an EFI install normally by setting an EFI boot disk first to boot in BIOS setup, requiring a GPT formatted disk. The only benefit I see is unlimited Primary partitions. But we do fine with MBR HD's by using Logicals.

So I would stick with MBR disks to avoid problems which become even more complex during repairs. We will need to relearn a lot.
Sorry Greg was busy typing the last post - yes mate from what I have read and do know about it it does seem to be in the lap of the Gods so to speak and I guess until there is a uniform agreement to it's format for want of a better term it's going to be a steep learning curve.
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15 May 2012   #16
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Asus Boards

I have used Asus board for so long I don't know anything else. In the past the utilities they supplied with their boards were kind of "hit and miss". But this suite is pretty sweet (how is that for a pun?). If I can set one up a monkey can handle it.
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15 May 2012   #17
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's a coming onslaught that might upend our Installation methods here, given that EFI BIOS can vary.

The greatest commonality is that they offer the choice to make an EFI install normally by setting an EFI boot disk first to boot in BIOS setup, requiring a GPT formatted disk. The only benefit I see is unlimited Primary partitions. But we do fine with MBR HD's by using Logicals.

So I would stick with MBR disks to avoid problems which become even more complex during repairs. We will need to relearn a lot.
I am not following you. My disks are formated NTFS. I installed with the UEFI bios booted.
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15 May 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

You used an MBR disk and not a GPT one, right? You can check by clicking the panel to the left of the disk map. That's the format to which I was referring.

Was EFI Boot Disk set first to boot in BIOS?

What other settings did your BIOS have for EFI, if any?


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15 May 2012   #19
ICIT2LOL

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You used an MBR disk and not a GPT one, right? You can check by clicking the panel to the left of the disk map. That's the format to which I was referring.

Was EFI Boot Disk set first to boot in BIOS?

What other settings did your BIOS have for EFI, if any?


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Hum Greg you had me floundering there too I just looked up GPT drives and sorry mate but I am tad lost here myself I thought a drive was a drive and now there seems to be some dual thing going on so do you mean you need to set up a drive as one normally does - Straight install ?MBR or get a particular piece of hardware that takes the GPT?
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15 May 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

It's still pretty new but with BIOS' going EFI and more 2+TB storage it's likely the coming wave:
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