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Windows 7: UEFI or Legacy?

18 Apr 2015   #11
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Your imaging app will need to support UEFI as does the favorite here Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums.

I would always first install to UEFI to experience the features of your BIOS which is no longer even called a BIOS but is now UEFI firmware.

When we first encountered BIOS here we had to help many Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 but this has not been necessary for nearly a year now as only one case I can recall has not been able to install to UEFI after most BIOS' have had the necessary firmware updates to cover deficiencies by being created for Windows 8 without realizing it was going to be such a flop. So there is almost always a configuration to install Win7 to UEFI, often only disabling Secure Boot on the Security tab, rarely needing some level of CSM or Legacy BIOS.

I've been running UEFI for two years now on my laptop and notice no downside. I was ready to abandon Acronis 2010 anyway since Macrium is superior.

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18 Apr 2015   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

I've been running UEFI for two years now on my laptop and notice no downside. I was ready to abandon Acronis 2010 anyway since Macrium is superior.
OK, thanks Greg.

I would hope you would publicize any eventual shortcomings that are noticed with a UEFI/GPT only system, particularly as regards software incompatibilities or any form of regret.

I've never had an issue with Macrium yet, but that app would be a key must-have for me on a UEFI/GPT system.

I'm pretty much indifferent to UEFI advantages, but am willing to play along as long as it doesn't have any long-term pitfalls of any type.
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18 Apr 2015   #13
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One thing just dawned on me is that I've not seen tested but will soon how well Paragon Adaptive Restore works on UEFI.

I use it a lot to move around images especially since leaving behind Acronis 2010 with Universal Restore. It has remained popular here since 2010 with Kaktussoft even writing a tutorial to Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap that has frequent activity here.

Anyone know if UEFI spits it out?
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