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How do I install Windows 8 with a USB recovery disk?

Posted on 2013-05-20
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We received a Toshiba Satellite (S955-5378) with a catastrophic hard drive failure.  The customer had no recovery disk so we ordered one from Toshiba. It came as a USB stick.

We could not boot from the USB stick even after changing the boot order.  So I turned off the "Safe Boot" feature and changed UEFI to CSM.  Now it booted to the Windows 8 installation envrironment.  Next a a dialog box appeared to announce the Windows 8 can only be installed in a PC with UEFI enabled.

I tried to see if you could have UEFI with Safe Boot turned off, but alas, no.  I'm thinking I should take an image of the USB stick and burn it to a DVD.  Maybe it will boot to a DVD with Safe Boot, etc. enabled.

Any ideas?  (And don't you just love everything about Window 8?)
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i 'd rather love Toshiba - who did not send you the proper install instructions
but you may still ask them for the correct procedure !
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My partner called this morning and they are sending another USB stick.  In the meantime, I'm gonna try imaging the one we got and burning it to DVD.  This is the first time I've run into any "Secure Boot" issue and some experimentation is called for.  Comments and ideas are still requested. Anyone?
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Dont disable any feature from bios...just make sure usb is selected as the first boot device.

Try changing hard drive mode option ...like ahci or raid....then try booting from usb.



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Nothing worked.  We made Toshiba send us Windows 8 on a DVD.  I'm awarding points to the link to a lesson on the subject.
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tx for feedback
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