[How To] Clevo USB EFI Install Windows 8

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  1. Zymphad

    Zymphad Zymphad

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    Alright fellas, spent a lot of time trying to get it just right and I think I have and thought I'd share it with you all.

    Download Windows 8 legally from DigitalRiver here:
    The Official Windows 8 Repository

    Install the latest BIOS/EC. Risk is all yours. I got the BIOS for my P150EM at MySn.de since I was too impatient to always be calling/emailing Sager for them. It's getting old.

    First you have to create a EFI ready USB drive:
    1. In an elevated command prompt type diskpart
    2. List Disk
    3. Select Disk # (# is your USB drive)
    4. Clean
    5. Convert GPT
    6. Create Partition Primary
    7. Select Partition 1
    8. Format FS=FAT32
    9. Assign
    10. Exit

    Next use 7zip, and unzip the Windows 8 ISO you downloaded and transfer over to your USB drive. No need to use any special programs, just drag and drop the files.

    Reboot and press F2. Just to make sure, choose the Load Startup Defaults again (or whatever it's called). Save and exit.

    F2 and into BIOS again. This time you will go to the boot menu and you'll see an option to choose OS, you will choose Windows 8 and enable UEFI. Now go back to security and you will enable secure boot. Save and exit.

    F2 again and go into BIOS and you want to verify it's all good. The Secure Boot is enabled, you see the user enabled part, and you see your USB drive has UEFI next to it.

    Choose to boot from UEFI USB. Once in the Windows Install, type in your product code. Choose custom install. On the disk menu, click advanced and delete the disk you are going to install Windows 8 on. After it's deleted, press SHIFT + F10. Do steps 1-5 from above. Then just click new on the disk and it will make sure it has EFI, GPT and ready to rock. And just install as normal.

    You should have Windows 8 installed EFI with secure boot now.

    How do you know Secure Boot install succeeded? First off, with UEFI boot, you start right off the bat at 1080p. So the splash logo or the bios boot initiation stuff all are now smaller, and crisp, like 1080p. Next if you have Secure Boot enabled, you don't see the initial logo splash or the bios initiation part, you'll just seeing a Sager or Style Note (whichever BIOS you got) logo with the circle loading (Windows 8) and boots straight to Windows 8. This is one reason why booting is faster. Also because you never shutdown it seems, Windows 8 makes use of hibernation or something. Dunno, can disable hibernation and still boots as fast, so not sure about all that.

    Windows 8 is HUGE, I lost space on my HDD/SSD! I've seen this posted a few times. When you do a clean install, Windows 8 allocates the equivalent amount of ram you have to pagefile. So just go to the system/advanced and set your pagefile to 2GB. You get your space back. If you want more, then disable hibernation with elevated command prompt.

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    Oh and while looking for ways to customize my Windows 8, I found this, and had to have it.
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  2. Rauch

    Rauch Notebook Consultant

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    Glad you finally got it to work!

    Just a note though...

    To simplify this process, you can just do a standard FAT32 format and extract the contents of the *.ISO to the USB drive. (Works for both 7/8)

    I actually had done mine with YUMI. 2-3 clicks, super simple. I have yet to verify if it'll work with booting Linux in EFI mode as well. It does make a damn good multiboot USB drive though!
     
  3. custom90gt

    custom90gt Dellerator Super Moderator

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    Great post. So I'm guessing you no longer have to go into bios and select boot efi every time?

    How fast does win8 boot up for you now?
     
  4. jaybee83

    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    yep would also be interested in a comparison of boot times between bios and efi :) also, could u provide screenshots of the efi boot menu? what kinda options and functionality does it give u?

    thx in advance

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
     
  5. Zymphad

    Zymphad Zymphad

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    Well fastest part to me is that you don't see the normal BIOS boot. It goes straight to Windows loading, and that's only about 3-5 seconds. And then you're in. Yeah about a 10 second boot, maybe less.
     
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    gaidin43 Notebook Evangelist

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    Can I do this off the ISO on a DVD as well? I do t have a flash drive over 2gb.
     
  7. Zymphad

    Zymphad Zymphad

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    Yes. You can boot your DVD drive UEFI also.
     
  8. gaidin43

    gaidin43 Notebook Evangelist

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    I actually managed to do this with an old HDD USB enclosure with a 30gb drive I had to reduce the size of the volume to 10 gb and format and follow the instructions above.

    I guess it's time to buy a new USB 3.0 flash drive.
     
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    custom90gt Dellerator Super Moderator

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    Sweet, I finally got around to reinstalling last night and man this system is super fast. From power on to in windows is ~4 seconds.
    Secure boot wasn't enabled for me, so I found this intel site explaining how to set it up and how to test it.
     
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    gaidin43 Notebook Evangelist

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    Now it looks like hotkey is messed up from something with .net framework installing Microsoft office, outlook connector, iCloud, or iTunes.

    I uninstalled everything in reinstalled hot key. However I am having the same result where I cannot even open the program and it does not give an error code.

    I am going to try the reset button in Windows 8 to see if I can fix this issue without having to reinstall everything.
     
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