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How to convert a PC from BIOS mode to UEFI mode

Upgrading your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 and considering the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode? If your PC supports it, this is a great time to change to UEFI. Why? UEFI mode can help your PC start faster, lets you use hard drives larger than 2 terabytes (TB), and can help you set up features like Secure Boot. Many Windows 7 PCs support UEFI but were set to boot to BIOS mode.

To switch to UEFI mode, you’ll need to do a few things: find the setting in the boot menus that enables UEFI booting, convert the entire drive to the GUID Partition Table (GPT) format, and install Windows again.

Step 1: Find the setting in the boot menus that enables UEFI booting

  • This differs from PC to PC. But typically, you press a key to enter the boot menus, look for an option like "UEFI Boot Mode", and enable it.

Step 2: Boot the Windows Setup disk in UEFI mode

  1. Load the Windows 7 or Windows 8 DVD. (If you’re setting up a dual-boot PC, install Windows 7 first.)
  2. Start the PC to boot the DVD in UEFI mode. Again, this is going to depend on your hardware, but often you can press a key during the boot sequence, and select an option like "EFI DVD/CD".

Step 3: Convert the drive to the GPT format

  1. When the Windows Setup program gets to the first set of installation screens, press Shift+F10 to open the command prompt.
  2. Figure out which disk is your primary hard drive, and select it. Typically it’s Drive 0, but it doesn’t hurt to check:
    diskpart
    list disk    review the list of drives, and make sure you’ve got the right one.)
    select disk 0
  3. Erase the hard drive, and convert it to the GPT format:
    clean
    convert gpt
    exit
  4. At this point, you can switch back to the installation program, and continue the Windows installation. Windows automatically sets up the partitions for the UEFI/GPT format.

See also: Dual-booting your PC (Windows Hardware Newsletter, November 7, 2012)

Posted December 23, 2012 by Robert Smit in Windows 8

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It is here #Windows8 and the new #surface

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Windows 8 represents a reimagining of Windows. It provides a personalized experience with a beautiful new user interface that puts you at the center. You get a great experience for entertainment AND creating content all on the same device, either with touch or with a mouse and keyboard. No compromise.

Windows 8 comes to life through a range of exciting new apps available through the grand opening of the Windows Store and new hardware from our OEM partners.

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Onstage at a special event with press in New York earlier this morning, we showed off Windows 8 including some of our favorite new apps and hardware.

The Windows Store makes it super easy to discover, buy and install new apps in Windows 8. Friday , when Windows 8 becomes available – customers will find lots of interesting new third party apps in the Windows Store to install such as Evernote, LivingSocial, Cocktail Flow, Hulu, Wikipedia and Urbanspoon to name a few. Many apps from the Windows Store are free to try before you make a purchase and Windows 8 allows you to try and then remove any app without leaving a trace.

When we reimagined Windows, we also reimagined the PC experience from the ground up – and we are excited to have over 1,000 Windows 8 certified devices that will be in market beginning tomorrow. There is a Windows device for everyone. Our OEM partners are introducing a variety of new form factors. And at our press event today we showed off examples of from many of those form factors: beautiful tablets running Windows RT with instant on and extra-long battery life like the Asus Vivo Tab RT and our own Microsoft Surface, compact, touch-enabled x86 tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 to convertible PCs that switch effortlessly between PC and tablet like the Dell XPS 12, to thin & light Ultrabooks like the ASUS UX31 Touch, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 or Acer Aspire S7-191 to large, powerful all-in-one PCs with high-definition screens like the Dell XPS One 27”, the HP Envy 23 TouchSmart or Samsung Series 7. And you’ll catch many of these devices and PCs in our new ads.

If you missed our live webcast of our press event from New York this morning, you’ll be able to watch it on-demand here at the Microsoft News Center.

We will continue to celebrate the impending availability of Windows 8 today here in New York with a variety of activities leading up to midnight. Starting at 9:30pm (EST), several our OEM partners will be giving New Yorkers and visitors alike a chance to get hands on with their new Windows 8 hardware in Times Square. And the first Microsoft Holiday Store will also open at Times Square at midnight (EST). And don’t miss Times Square where Windows 8 will be featured on over 39 digital boards in the largest takeover of Times Square to date! We’ll be tweeting from Times Square all evening and posting photos so be sure to follow @Windows for all the latest!

Microtropolis

 

Source : get more Windows 8 here

Posted October 26, 2012 by Robert Smit in Windows 8

It is here #Windows8 and the new #surface

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Windows 8 represents a reimagining of Windows. It provides a personalized experience with a beautiful new user interface that puts you at the center. You get a great experience for entertainment AND creating content all on the same device, either with touch or with a mouse and keyboard. No compromise.

Windows 8 comes to life through a range of exciting new apps available through the grand opening of the Windows Store and new hardware from our OEM partners.

_MG_2497

Onstage at a special event with press in New York earlier this morning, we showed off Windows 8 including some of our favorite new apps and hardware.

The Windows Store makes it super easy to discover, buy and install new apps in Windows 8. Friday , when Windows 8 becomes available – customers will find lots of interesting new third party apps in the Windows Store to install such as Evernote, LivingSocial, Cocktail Flow, Hulu, Wikipedia and Urbanspoon to name a few. Many apps from the Windows Store are free to try before you make a purchase and Windows 8 allows you to try and then remove any app without leaving a trace.

When we reimagined Windows, we also reimagined the PC experience from the ground up – and we are excited to have over 1,000 Windows 8 certified devices that will be in market beginning tomorrow. There is a Windows device for everyone. Our OEM partners are introducing a variety of new form factors. And at our press event today we showed off examples of from many of those form factors: beautiful tablets running Windows RT with instant on and extra-long battery life like the Asus Vivo Tab RT and our own Microsoft Surface, compact, touch-enabled x86 tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 to convertible PCs that switch effortlessly between PC and tablet like the Dell XPS 12, to thin & light Ultrabooks like the ASUS UX31 Touch, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 or Acer Aspire S7-191 to large, powerful all-in-one PCs with high-definition screens like the Dell XPS One 27”, the HP Envy 23 TouchSmart or Samsung Series 7. And you’ll catch many of these devices and PCs in our new ads.

If you missed our live webcast of our press event from New York this morning, you’ll be able to watch it on-demand here at the Microsoft News Center.

We will continue to celebrate the impending availability of Windows 8 today here in New York with a variety of activities leading up to midnight. Starting at 9:30pm (EST), several our OEM partners will be giving New Yorkers and visitors alike a chance to get hands on with their new Windows 8 hardware in Times Square. And the first Microsoft Holiday Store will also open at Times Square at midnight (EST). And don’t miss Times Square where Windows 8 will be featured on over 39 digital boards in the largest takeover of Times Square to date! We’ll be tweeting from Times Square all evening and posting photos so be sure to follow @Windows for all the latest!

Microtropolis

 

Source : get more Windows 8 here

Posted October 26, 2012 by Robert Smit in Windows 8

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