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W510 usb booting

ACE Pioneer

Re: W510 usb booting

There are Atom processors (One netbook has an N450) that support 64 bit, just not the N2760. Is there a reason you must have a 64 bit OS ? If so there is the Acer W700 which has an I5 for a few Benjamins more.

 

My problem is not getting it to boot, does fine from a Flash Drive and boots into the recovery mode but refuses to reset the computer. I can read the DVDs from Windows but for all and the flash drive the reset mode comes up "invalid media. If fact I have put all of the CDs on a previously Recovery formatted 8 GB flash drive and while it boots from the drive, and attempt to reapair or reset (can get to those menus) the if I put a DVD in it spins up, goes through a period of "verifying", then "invalid media".

 

Anyone know how to fix this ? It is refusing to properly load a Prolific driver and thing it may be confused.

Luggable, 1983
My first PC
Please: Make a recovery drive
and store a full system image offline
before upgrading.
New User

Re: W510 usb booting

I want to deploy an x86 image to the W510 but it seems I can't get the USB stick to boot and it's somehow related to UEFI from what I can gather.   Still figuring things out as I go at the moment though it's quite frustrating as I have network and USB based delpoyments working successfully to lots of different hardware, it really shouldn't be this difficult.  (not to mention I also had to do Windows updates and driver updates straight out of the box to get the wifi adapter to connect)

 

Anyway, sorry to fill up your thread with my side issue, I just figured it is somehow related to USB booting issues.  Hope someone can point you in the right direction soon

Troubleshooter

Re: W510 usb booting

I've installed Windows 8 Enterprise straight from a USB quite a few times.  You have to follow the instructions on the internet on how to create a UEFI bootable USB drive, which involves formatting it as FAT32.

 

You don't need x64 for UEFI as I only loaded 32 bit Windows 8 Enterprise.

Fixer

Re: W510 usb booting

Hi toby,

 

There are many tools available now if you have original media of windows it will create and copy files to usb drive to allow

 

you to boot from machine. With windows 8 the usb needs to be fat32 for it to boot and needs to be UEFI compatible,

 

otherwise you will need to disable secure boot in the bios.

 

 

ACE Pioneer

Re: W510 usb booting

We are in agreement, original Windows media from Microsoft works. However the question is why arn't any of the Recovery Disks that come with the W510 usable (Can boot from Microsoft media but not the "Recovery" disks) ?

 

I may be forced to install a different version of Windows 8 (have several) but these will not retore to "as it left the factory" and that is what I need to test.

 

BTW the Microsoft ISO to USB tool refuses to work on an ISO of the Recovery disk.

Luggable, 1983
My first PC
Please: Make a recovery drive
and store a full system image offline
before upgrading.
New User

Re: W510 usb booting

I see that some posters are still struggling to boot off a USB flash drive.  I struggled as well.. After spending a couple hours with a 16GB flash drive, I came across a post suggesting that drives greater than 4GB fail.  I then switched to a 4GB flash - it booted on the first try.

 

Here are the steps needed to create a bootable USB drive:

1. Use a 4GB or smaller flash drive.  Smiley Happy

2. Follow these steps for creating the bootable drive: http://www.servethehome.com/uefi-bootable-usb-drive-windows-8-windows-server-2012/

3. While powering up, hold down the volume down button.  Once in the BIOS setp, assign an admin password under the security section, and then disable Secure Boot under the boot section. Save the settings and reboot.

4. With the USB drive plugged in, the OS installation should now boot!

 

Happy installing!