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Windows 7: I Broke Windows 7

20 Aug 2014   #51

Windows 7


so everything was going swimmingly, until I update the BIOS to the latest version. I added drivers from HP, followed the installation instructions, and finally, set to update the BIOS from the HP website. It updated, restarted a couple times, and then when it restarted again it just showed an error that there is no bootable drive. I suppose I should roll back the BIOS? or do you have other thoughts?

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20 Aug 2014   #52


Settngs in the new BIOS must be adjusted. It probably enabled IRST by default.

Is there now a SATA controlller setting?

What is IRST setting?

What other settings differ from earlier picture?

Boot Win7 installer to see if it's ready to install to RAID.

Did BIOS update instructions say to boot into BIOS Setup to reset to Defaults? Read them again to see if you actually completed it or skipped steps again.
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20 Aug 2014   #53

Windows 7

Well, it won't boot to the windows installer USB. I think it's having trouble with UEFI or something, cuz it detects that the USB is there but when I select "boot from USB" it just jumps back to "no bootable device..."
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20 Aug 2014   #54

Windows 7

it does boot to the Ubuntu live DVD... which is nice at least =)

In the short time I played with it (installing drivers and restarting over and over) it was much faster than before. I know it's probably because there's basically no bloatware and whatnot, but still, it means the SDD being the main OS drive worked fine and didn't slow anything down.
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20 Aug 2014   #55


Answer my questions please. You may not have completed BIOS update and should have new settings which need to be adjusted.

New record: you ignored every question. Five at once!
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20 Aug 2014   #56

Windows 7

Sorry about that.

No there is not a new SATA setting, as far as I can tell. Everything in the BIOS looks completely identical to what it was before. The report on the website just described it as a security update for UEFI EDK2.

The IRST setting is defaulted to enabled, I tried booting with it disabled and it did not change the result. I believe it was enabled when I installed windows 7, as suggested in the installation guide you recommended I follow.

The bios instructions were basically nil. On the website, it simply says to double click the link after downloading and follow the on-screen instructions, which I did. There were no additional instructions on the window that popped up beyond clicking next a few times and allowing the computer to reboot.
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20 Aug 2014   #57


I thought you disabled IRST to choose to install to SSD.

Are all USB settings enabled?

Try booting USB as non-UEFI device.

Try DVD install.
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20 Aug 2014   #58

Windows 7

I disabled IRST to clean the disks, as apparently if it's enabled I can't do that using the command prompt on the install tool.

There is only one USB setting, "USB3.0 configuration in pre-OS", which defaults to "auto". I tried with it enabled, no change.

How would I go about using the USB as non-UEFI? I made it bootable using Rufus, and selected a GPT partition scheme for UEFI comp. Would I need to re-make the USB for non-UEFI use?
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20 Aug 2014   #59


Boot same USB as Legacy Device in F9 Boot Menu.

Delete all partitions to clear GPT.

If necessary wipe the disk first, add command to Convert MBR.
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20 Aug 2014   #60

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

A few notables:
You cannot format the USB installation media with the NTFS for a UEFI install.
You said you used Rufus and formatted for GPT UEFI, but was the file system FAT32 or NTFS?

The easiest thing is to use a DVD install media for any UEFI install

HP doesn't give you a whole lot of options in BIOS. They default to AHCI and there's no way to change it.
Any changes regarding Intel Rapid Storage Technologies will have to be made in that section of BIOS. I would think that since you're using the mSATA drive as boot that IRST should be disabled.

I also suggest that any updates or changes to BIOS be completed before installing Windows.

Other than that, you're in good hands with Greg.

I'm back to the camp fire for a few more days.

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