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Windows 7: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

26 Jan 2015   #240
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Where exactly does the SSD show up in the BIOS now? I didn't see it at all in your screenshots. It may have failed or need reseating to be recognized. Also, are you sure you have only a 32gb SSD, as this almost always means a hybrid hard drive with an SSD caching chip on it. If in doubt I'd want to access the hard drive bay underneath to see exactly what is there, google the serial to be sure, and reseat it to see if it can be recognized in BIOS if it isn't.

Then try the new ISO to create a UEFI installer for GPT following closely these steps in option one of UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows. The ISO you had previously used in this method must be replaced to be sure.

Another thing to try is formatting the stick by both methods to attempt reinstalling the version of Windows which came with the PC. Is it recognized then?

If these all fail, then I'd focus on the steps in your model's Downloads FAQ to flash the latest BIOS update from within the BIOS. This is because in the past when UEFI firmware didn't have any CSM or Legacy options, or lacked other settings to install Win7 or reinstall the native OS, updating the firmware solved this. But you must follow the steps precisely and with no chance of power cut as otherwise this can be risky.


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26 Jan 2015   #241
dezzirable

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

I checked by taking the back cover off and as it says, it is an SSD... embedded straight on the little motherboard.. no connecters to re-seat :P (I hate these new systems)

I did the BIOS update and it was v.205 now its v.208 but still the same menu and sub-menus. I will try a new flash drive plus making a new ISO image and then transferring it. Thanks for now.
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26 Jan 2015   #242
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you reset BIOS to defaults after flashing? See if there are any new settings for UEFI, CSM, Legacy BIOS, or Boot Priority or Override.

I never saw the choices for Boot Override.

Try to get the flash stick detected as UEFI or Legacy. Change ports. If that fails, try a different stick. Try also a DVD in your external OD. Do any of these show up in Boot Priority or Boot Override?
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26 Jan 2015   #243
dezzirable

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

I did reset the bios after updating it and changing it to defaults, restarting, still the same menu. The boot override is on the last page but it is Black in colour - means it cannot be pressed. I did try a bootable Windows 7 DVD in my external optical but doesn't show in the boot options. Restarted... same...but I'm surprised that it updated the BIOS through USB...which I thought it wasn't capable of reading when in BIOS mode....
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26 Jan 2015   #244
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

That's why I gave you the FAQ available on the model's Support site which showed how to update from within the BIOS. Did you follow those steps exactly? If not I would do it over.

Otherwise unless you are missing a setting, it appears the USB stick is not being read. This could be because of its formatting - try UEFI and Legacy, the stick itself being faulty, or the ISO being bad.

I would go over every setting in the BIOS, highlight each to read about it. If in doubt google to read more about what that means or ask back here.

I asked if you could reinstall Windows 8 or 8.1. This should tell us if the issue is that the BIOS is not reading external media, or the problem is with Win7.

Did you make Recovery media during the Setup of the PC? Is it within a year old, so that you can contact Asus Tech Support to see if this is a known issue. Read everything on the model's SUpport site to see if you find your issue's solution, plus ask Google in every way possible to know you've looked everywhere.
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27 Jan 2015   #245
dezzirable

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

I purchased the laptop just a week ago from Staples and did make a backup DVD from within Windows 8.1 recovery.

I searched a lot on Google too and one thing I am not sure about. In the USB stick that I made for booting in UEFI, it has the boot, efi, sources, support, upgrade, autorun, bootmgr and setup files. I read on Google that the efi folder should have a boot folder with bootx64.efi file in it... it should read as efi/boot/bootx64.efi but there is only one folder in EFI and that is Microsoft. So just asking if that is the problem?
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27 Jan 2015   #246
dezzirable

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

I read on Google someplace and just simply formatted my USB disk to Fat32 and then copied all the files from my Windows 7 32bit edition DVD to my USB flash disk directly. Did not use RUFUS or anything and amazingly, my USB showed up in the bootable devices in the UEFI menu. So thanks again for all your help and support guys. I really appreciate it.
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27 Jan 2015   #247
dezzirable

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Now the USB flash does show in the bootable devices in the UEFI boot option priorities but does not go further than that. Cannot boot from it.... not even from Boot override
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27 Jan 2015   #248
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Format the stick using only Option One of UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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27 Jan 2015   #249
dezzirable

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

In RUFUS, except for the GPT partition scheme, it does not let me format the USB in FAT32 mode. and NTFS is not supported on my UEFI
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