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Windows 7: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows Pro x64 dual-boot BIOS vs UEFI

19 Jan 2013   #11
theog

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Another thing: the Acer site says that it is not recommended to switch to UEFI on laptops with Windows 7 preinstalled
Post the link.


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19 Jan 2013   #12
gregrocker

 

Others may have a different view, but I would stick with Legacy BIOS. I've not heard benefits of UEFI that are convincing, and we are swamped here with problems with them.

What was it you saw that makes EFI an "obvious advantage?"
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19 Jan 2013   #13
rarespologea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

UEFI for Windows 7 computers
"Computers that ship with Windows 7 have a standard BIOS. Acer does not recommend or support changing to UEFI on these systems.
Computers that ship with Windows 8 have UEFI. Acer does not recommend or support changing to standard BIOS on these systems."
As I have said before, my laptop came with Linux preinstalled, while the official site lists drivers for both W7 and W8.

@greg: I was looking forward to lower boot times, aswell as the pre-boot interface where I can test the memory, and so on.
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19 Jan 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

I've heard nothing mentioned about actual lower boot times yet.

RAM can be tested from F8 menu, but the onboard RAM test is inferior to RAM - Test with Memtest86+ anyway.

Anything else?
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19 Jan 2013   #15
rarespologea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The 30-year-long Reign of BIOS is Over: Why UEFI W... - Input Output

This is one of the articles I've read.

Quote:
I've not heard benefits of UEFI that are convincing, and we are swamped here with problems with them.
Swamped with problems? That can't be good.

So, you recommend that I simply dual-boot W7 and W8 in MBR? That would be simplest since I don't have to wipe the HDD. But in this case, why does Acer even bother to post a UEFI on their site? And btw, should I or shouldn't I upgrade the BIOS from 1.11 to 1.12?
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19 Jan 2013   #16
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rarespologea View Post
UEFI for Windows 7 computers
"Computers that ship with Windows 7 have a standard BIOS. Acer does not recommend or support changing to UEFI on these systems.
Computers that ship with Windows 8 have UEFI. Acer does not recommend or support changing to standard BIOS on these systems."
As I have said before, my laptop came with Linux preinstalled, while the official site lists drivers for both W7 and W8.

As I have asked before do you have a Legacy BIOS firmware chip or a uEFI/BIOS firmware chip?

If you have a Legacy BIOS firmware chip:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

If you have a uEFI/BIOS firmware chip:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Than install Windows 8 in uEFI mode,
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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19 Jan 2013   #17
rarespologea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows Pro x64 dual-boot BIOS vs UEFI-msinfo32.png
This is my msinfo32 screenshot.

I have downloaded the service manual and it says that the BIOS type is UEFI, but still, msinfo32 says it is a 1.11 BIOS (from what I understand UEFI starts at 2.xx)


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20 Jan 2013   #18
rarespologea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Update.

I have updated to BIOS v1.12 without a problem, so my BIOS is now 1.12.
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20 Jan 2013   #19
rarespologea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Update.

I have decided that since my HDD is 500GB and the boot time for W7 is under 1 minute anyway, the switch to UEFI and GPT is too troublesome therefore I will simply dual-boot W7 and W8 through BIOS.
Will keep you posted.
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22 Jan 2013   #20
rarespologea

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Last Update.

I've succesfully dual-booted W7 Ultimate x64 with W8 Pro x64, so that's that. Didn't go for UEFI because the advantages in my case were basically none.

Thank you for the speed with which you responded to my posts and good-bye !
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