Windows 8 from pen drive + UEFI = Major headaches

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Yepi69, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. Yepi69

    Yepi69 Jill-sandwiched

    Nov 29, 2010
    Behind you
    I have Win 7 and Linux Mint installed both on Legacy BIOS and they work great, but I wanna upgrade to Win 8 on UEFI (my laptop came with Win 8 pre installed and I removed it and installed 7) mostly because I think its time to move on to another system and not to mention that I get my free Windows 10 upgrade to UEFI, but this is where it gets tricky.

    I have no other way to install Win 8 on my laptop besides using a downloaded Windows 8 iso image but the thing is, it only boots from Legacy BIOS, I tried booting from UEFI and it boots but shortly after it gives me the ''winload.efi'' problem and doesn't let me do a god damn thing from there.
    I used Rufus to format my pen drive to FAT32 in GPT and even so it gave me the same error, to be honest I don't know what else to do, installing Windows 8 on UEFI has been more complicated than using Linux Mint for the first time
    Oh BTW the Windows 8 image I'm using is an All-In-One image but I don't know if that counts for anything since I downloaded Windows image, Windows 8.1 AIO and even that didn't work
  2. tbb043

    tbb043 Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    United States
  3. endoverend

    endoverend AKA zooksman

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    Rebuilding the MBR as instructed my the guide above may help, also i would try burning a Windows 8 disc, it's much more reliable than usb, trust me.
  4. RandomUser

    RandomUser What has gotten into you Rosie?

    May 9, 2010
    United States
    I do not have an UEFI based machine, did you disable secure boot option in your uefi setting? Perhaps that may resolve your issue?
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