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maluszek
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X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

I want to be able to boot my X230 in UEFI only (CSM off). Lenovo media for X230 does not seem to be UEFI bootable, so I boot it with CSM on. The Recovery program asks about the GPT or MBR partitioning with the explanation that with GPT it will be bootable in UEFI only. But when I reboot after recovery and turn CSM off, the "Starting Windows" screen freezes endlessly. There is some hdd activity, but no Windows are loaded.

Any clue what went wrong and how to fix it? Thanks.

JDGillis
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Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

You need to enable CSM when ever booting to external devices, so that is normal.    

 

The difference between GPT and MBR is that the newer GPT is more robust, secure and allows more partitions and better error recovery, but both should work.  

 

If you press and hold down the [F8] key, and then turn on the comptuter, do you get the option to boot in to Safe Mode, and if so can you boot in to Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Networking?

 

I presume that you are recoverying due to a prior problem, so more informaiton on why you were recovering may be helpful.

 

Best of luck

 

 

 

 

maluszek
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Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

I can boot in Safe Mode but it stops right after disk driver or so. I can check what's the last thing that gets loaded.

 

I am recovering because I replaced orginal HDD with a brand new SSD (Fujitsu FSX-240GB). I wanted to start fresh (and get rid of legacy bios as well).

JakeSully
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Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

Windows 7 is not meant for UEFI mode :/ only legacy but it can be used in UEFI with CSM enabled.
maluszek
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Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

I thought Win 7 64-bit should work in UEFI, shouldn't it?

JakeSully
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Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

No its meant for Legacy not UEFI back when Windows 7 came there was no such UEFI being used at that time so Windows 7 was meant for MBR and LEGACY but they later added UEFI support for it to work in UEFI if you want to but you don't have to
JDGillis
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Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

Yes, the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is UEFI compatible and can be installed on EUFI complaint hardware.

 

The following links may be helpful 

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/186875-uefi-unified-extensible-firmware-interface-install-windo...

 

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askcore/2011/05/31/installing-windows-7-on-uefi-based-computer/

JakeSully
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Message 8 of 14

Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

Yes Windows 7 is UEFI compatible now but before it was it only had MBR legacy support but when UEFI became more used Microsoft later added UEFI support to Windows 7 so now it is compatible with UEFI
maluszek
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Message 9 of 14

Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

So the real question here is: Can I install windows 7 x64 sp1 in uefi mode using lenovo recovery media?

JakeSully
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Message 10 of 14

Re: X230: win 7 x64 in uefi using lenovo recovery media

Their recovery media isn't made for UEFI I think it's a Legacy MBR made media :/

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