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UEFI Motherboard incompatable with Windows 7 or 2008 R2 boot repair option

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As you all know, the popularity of motherboards on the market with UEFI instead of the traditional BIOS is growing rapidly.  I could hardly find a mid-range workstation motherboard with BIOS.  I am managing multiple systems in our facility that have these UEFI Motherboards.  I have found that only some windows install discs work with them.  I have need to boot from the Windows 7 or Windows Server 3008 R2 discs and run the built-in repair options.  But they don't work with UEFI systems.  

Here are the points:
1. When attempting to install Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 for the first time fails at the HD Format page.  The problem only occurs when using the OS boot Disc with SP1 embedded.  This is a burned Microsoft ISO downloaded from our Volume License Agreement site, it's the  latest official version of Win7 and Win 2008 R2.  The problem is that it doesn't recognize any HD's at the HD format section of the windows install  (and none are in the list)  when I provide the correct driver via flash drive it accepts the driver, but still fails to show the HD.

2. When I use a Factory produced Windows 7 Pro Disc with no Service Packs it works fine. This was not downloaded from the Microsoft VLK Site.

3. Once I get windows on the system and apply the service packs and want to run a boot Disc repair, I cannot.  Two reasons: I can't repair an OS with SP1 with a Boot Disc that doesn't have SP1 on it.  So of course when I place my Microsoft VLK Win7 w/ SP1 in to boot, it fails at the repair option with an error.

Here is what I have deduced:
1. A factory manufactured Windows 7 Pro Disc without SP1 on it works fine for install and repair to UEFI systems.
2. The burned DVD from the FLK site with SP1 on it does not work with UEFI.
3. I need to create an ISO that has the correct EFI files on it so I can install with SP1 and repair an OS with SP1 on it.
4. I have an ISO Utility that allows me to edit and save ISO files, that can then be burned.

Does anyone have any ideas about how to solve this problem?  Am i the only one that has encountered it?

Thanks!
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by:rindi
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The only thing that comes to mind that could cause this type of problem is that secure boot is turned on by default. Check the BIOS settings and turn secure boot off, then try again. Secure boot prevents you booting or installing an OS that doesn't include the correct certificate, and self-burned DVD's probably don't include those.
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by:Davis McCarn
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I think you may have bumped into the same thing I did; but, on a wider scale.  The Windows 7 x86 w/SP1 ISO I downloaded from Digital River (M$ official download) was defective!  I tried installing it on an early dual core PC and got an error message that the system could not run 64 bit programs (Huh?; while installing 32 bit?)  What was even wilder is that I have a genuine Dell DVD with SP1 ($9 on eCrater) and it installed perfectly!
Personally, I'd be very curious to know if you have the same problem if you slipstream SP1, burn it to a DVD, and try that: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/145343-slipstream-windows-7-sp1-into-installation-dvd-iso-file.html
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by:pgm554
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I've had issues like this on Dell server and in their BIOS I was able to switch between UEFI and BIOS boot option.

Since this is a problem,I would think you should have that option in the MOBO firmware.

Alternatively,you could just burn a USB thumb drive and boot from it.

M$ has a utility that will do it from an iso file

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
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by:nobus
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there are some questions related to yours; if i find them, i'll post the links
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These are all interesting situations and links.  I finally had the time to get through them (sorry for the delay).  Thanks for helping.
I don't see any relevant info just yet for my specific issue.  I like the boot-able USB option, but I need one for Win Server 2008 R2 to complete the solution (if the win7 one works that is).

So to ask a question that some might actually know, how can I slip stream or modify my original factory disc to add SP1 to it?

I tried using some ISO editing utilities and some files just won't copy...  (hoping the computer I'm doing this on isn't causing this with weird permission errors.) (Changing permissions/ownership didn't fix it)

Thanks all!
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I'll keep looking for the solution to this...
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