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07/07/2013 03:59:07 PM · #1
I wanted to update my bios because i thought it would improve things. General recommendation is not to do that if things are going well - i think some things could be improved so i was willing to risk the reinstall of the os (backed up my docs and stuff)

Turns out windows 8 did not like my update afterall. Now- i m reinstalling the whole OS - even considering going back to win7 (it was honestly just easier to deal with - no pointer errors from the mouse - no legacy driver issues from my mobo..sigh...)

Regardless of the OS i end up installing - any tips from you guys about setting up a new install? I figure the photography community might have a tip or two specific to our cause.
07/07/2013 04:38:48 PM · #2
take a look here:

windows 8/UEFI
and in particular, before you reimage, take note, you may need to check the UEFI setting in the BIOS:

Disabling UEFI will make the system unbootable as there is no MBR on the disks.
07/07/2013 07:36:13 PM · #3
hmm.. my brain....

so - if i understand this correctly if my mobo can do uefi 2.0+ i can get faster boot times. I dont know if it is -.- I know my interface is uefi when i load the system but its sortof an old mobo z68 3/3
07/08/2013 01:59:24 PM · #4
Save yourself the trouble and shitcan Windows 8...i went back to 7 and am much happier!
07/08/2013 02:13:17 PM · #5
I would go the Win 7 route if I had a choice. I have Win 8 on a pre built machine I bought for my son. And put a Nvidia 650 TI in it and had all sorts of problems. System wouldn't post. I had to go into the bios and disable Secure Boot to get it to run. I know that's not the problem your having but I think the less hassle way is Win 7
07/08/2013 06:18:58 PM · #6
I'm not sure why a BIOS update would bugger Win8. From a user interface standpoint, I don't care for Win8, but OTOH, from a speed standpoint, I really like it. Bottom line, if there is a question of hardware compatibility, I'd revert to Win7 without qualms. Wait until your next hardware upgrade cycle to decide whether to move forward again. It may just be that Win8 is just one of those versions that desktop users ignore.
07/09/2013 06:25:51 AM · #7
Originally posted by kirbic:

I'm not sure why a BIOS update would bugger Win8. From a user interface standpoint, I don't care for Win8, but OTOH, from a speed standpoint, I really like it. Bottom line, if there is a question of hardware compatibility, I'd revert to Win7 without qualms. Wait until your next hardware upgrade cycle to decide whether to move forward again. It may just be that Win8 is just one of those versions that desktop users ignore.


i dont know either. My first guess was some sort of an authentication issue with windows and the bio.

My real *doh* moment happened when i realized i might just have pulled a stupid by not checking how the hd was setup. The regular default i believe is IDE - where as my drives were set to AHCI. It was something i overlooked and definitely could have been the reason. I emulated the problem and ran the same issue i came across originally - so that might have been it -.- part of me is just hoping it wasn't so - the other part is happy to clean the clutter up. I was more bold with my OC tests this time around and more willing to look for and test out some fixes for those errors i saw the first time around.

i m trying to figure out now what made my boot slow down from a 10 second process to a 35 second one. Somewhere along the program installation process i introduced a massive lag to the overall procedure - i imagine its the spybot, but i'll have to test one by one. Startup is seemingly not the culprit since i disabled all but the most necessary components for that.
07/09/2013 09:47:21 AM · #8
Originally posted by Devinder:


My real *doh* moment happened when i realized i might just have pulled a stupid by not checking how the hd was setup. The regular default i believe is IDE - where as my drives were set to AHCI. ...


I think you are on to the cause there... in any case, if your boot times had degraded that badly, something wasn't right. I wouldn't really know, my trusty ol' Win7 box with the quaint rotating hard drives and a million apps installed takes its sweet time to boot, LOL.
07/09/2013 11:25:25 AM · #9
If you've already messed things up and are screwing around, you may want to try the Windows 8.1 preview. I haven't really read much about it since I'm still on Windows 7, but one of my programming instructors at school seems to like it.

07/09/2013 12:38:03 PM · #10
My fix for Windows problems was to get a Mac...

(OK, someone had to say it. Even tho I have Win7 running on said Mac too.)
07/09/2013 04:22:30 PM · #11
Originally posted by aliqui:

If you've already messed things up and are screwing around, you may want to try the Windows 8.1 preview. I haven't really read much about it since I'm still on Windows 7, but one of my programming instructors at school seems to like it.


that might be worth a shot - although i just got my 10 second reboot back. hmm. I might still do it

07/09/2013 04:25:34 PM · #12
Originally posted by Spork99:

My fix for Windows problems was to get a Mac...

(OK, someone had to say it. Even tho I have Win7 running on said Mac too.)


lol, i happen to like Macs. My mom owns a high end pro book that i certainly can't afford yet so i tweak with the self built PC to get the most bang for my buck for now( a good portion of my parts are part of well inspected craiglist find). I hear about great so called "hackintosh" solutions, but really want to avoid going down that route.
07/09/2013 04:30:59 PM · #13
Originally posted by Devinder:

Originally posted by Spork99:

My fix for Windows problems was to get a Mac...

(OK, someone had to say it. Even tho I have Win7 running on said Mac too.)


lol, i happen to like Macs. My mom owns a high end pro book that i certainly can't afford yet so i tweak with the self built PC to get the most bang for my buck for now( a good portion of my parts are part of well inspected craiglist find). I hear about great so called "hackintosh" solutions, but really want to avoid going down that route.


It's easy to get Windows to run on a Mac...getting OSX to run on a non-Mac computer...that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

I use a 2008 vintage base model MacBook, I know I can't afford the MacBookPro either, but the basic MacBook is pretty darn nice too.
07/09/2013 05:04:33 PM · #14
Originally posted by Spork99:

My fix for Windows problems was to get a Mac...

(OK, someone had to say it. Even tho I have Win7 running on said Mac too.)


My fix for my Mac Pro problems was to buy a new PC! Yes, true story.
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