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Old 01-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Unable to boot via USB in UEFI mode on ECS H61H2M2 v1.0

Hi Guys,

So I have updated the latest bios on my motherboard ECS H61H2M2, which has enabled Support for Win8 UEFI boot. But the problem is, when I set the operating system as Windows 8. My computer is unable to boot after that. I don't get any display and neither I can see any system activity after starting it up and also del key to get into bios setup doesn't work either.
The only way then to recover is clearing the CMOS (via jumper on motherboard).

I have a UEFI image of windows 8 ready on my USB pendrive, which boots up the windows installation fine in legacy operating system mode, so I know pendrive image is not the culprit. I'm attaching the BIOS settings which are automatically set when i select the operating system to Windows 8.



Can anybody advise me, what I may be doing wrong or what I can do to fix it ?

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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is the usb stick fat32 or ntfs, as I believe it had to be fat for it to boot.
I vaguely remember reading about that when I was looking at something for my new hp laptop

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This link shows that they format the stick fat32 for a usb win8 installer. Plus there is an extra step needed, copying a boot.efi in step 11
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #3
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Do a boot from USB as a non UEFI device. Make sure your installation drives are GPT if possible, formatted w/ NTFS.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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is the usb stick fat32 or ntfs, as I believe it had to be fat for it to boot.
I vaguely remember reading about that when I was looking at something for my new hp laptop

**Edit**

This link shows that they format the stick fat32 for a usb win8 installer. Plus there is an extra step needed, copying a boot.efi in step 11
The stick is FAT32..

Step 11 is for Windows 7 x64 ? Anyway I tried the same thing windows 8 DVD, but 7zip can't open install.wim as archive

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Do a boot from USB as a non UEFI device. Make sure your installation drives are GPT if possible, formatted w/ NTFS.
Hmm so if I proceed the non UEFI installation and format the HDD as GPT during install, Win8 would be installed as UEFI ?

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Old 01-05-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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The stick is FAT32..

Step 11 is for Windows 7 x64 ? Anyway I tried the same thing windows 8 DVD, but 7zip can't open install.wim as archive
You may need to copy off the install.wim from the dvd to the hard drive before opening it.
as well make sure you have the latest version as well.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #6
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You may need to copy off the install.wim from the dvd to the hard drive before opening it.
as well make sure you have the latest version as well.
ok mounted install.wim from ImageX to get bootx64.efi.
Also was able to start the install in UEFI mode, by not setting operating system as windows 8. Instead set the operating system as windows 7 or other OS and boot mode to UEFI. (It turns the cause for system not booting in Windows 8 mode was my radeon 6850 :s, it works fine with onboard vga card).

Anyway now i have a new issue, after deleting my earlier hard disk partitions, when I click on new partition it doesn't create 3 GPT partitions . Its only creating 2 system reserved and primary. How do I make the setup create GPT partitions ?
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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Because you mentioned that your graphics card was preventing the on-board integrated UEFI Windows 8 boot mode and as a result you had to select Windows 7 or other OS for the boot mode, I wonder if you have attempted to try the install with the onboard graphics card and Windows 8 boot mode selected. If you are able to boot into the Windows 8 install with the Windows 8 boot mode selected, are you able to create the 3 GPT partitions you need?

There are a quite a few library resources from the Springboard Series for Windows 8 page on the TechNet site that I would recommend you check out also. The two that you might find helpful are Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart and Installing Windows to an EFI-Based Computer.

Hope this helps!

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