Windows Enterprise Desktop:

UEFI

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July 11, 2016  12:11 PM

Building Bootable UEFI Media

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
GPT, Master Boot Record (MBR), UEFI, Windows 10

When it comes to a clean Windows 10 install, it's important to pick the proper low-level disk layout for your target system. For most modern systems this means building bootable UEFI media with GPT partitioning. While I've worked with Microsoft's

June 15, 2016  10:57 AM

Performing an SSD SysBoot Drive Swap

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
SSD install, UEFI, Windows 10

There are many benefits to the modern Windows alternative to the Basic Input Output System (aka BIOS) that provides the basic bootstrapping services on PCs needed to boot and launch an operating system. That alternative is called the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (aka UEFI). UEFI supports...


May 2, 2016  10:49 AM

Confirm/Deny UEFI Boot-up on Win10

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
disk management, UEFI, Windows 10

Certain advanced security features on Windows 10 work only on machines new enough to boot via the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). These include Secure Boot, Credential Guard, Device Guard, and the Early Launch Anti-malware driver. The wrong installation media or incorrect installation...


April 22, 2016  12:31 PM

Woo hoo! NVMe Boot Speedup Achieved

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot, UEFI, Windows 10

In late January/early February, I built myself a new desktop PC around an Asrock Z170 Extreme 7+ mobo and a blazing-fast Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD. Ever since I got my system up and running, I've been both bewildered and frustrated by that system's boot behavior. Even with Fast Boot enabled, the...


March 17, 2016  12:58 PM

Switch to UEFI Boot Boosts Stability

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Boot manager, UEFI, Windows 10

On Leap Day (2/29) I made the switchover from my previous production desktop PC to a newly-built replacement. For the first 10 days or so I struggled with the build I'd put together. During that time, I slowly realized that a legacy BIOS environment with an MBR layout for the boot/sys drive was...


October 26, 2015  10:16 AM

Win10 Build 10565: Bitten by the Dread KB3105208

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
UEFI, Windows 10

If there are some distinctions to which Window10 testers should not aspire to attain, I'd have to say falling prey to the boot/system failures now widely associated with the recent KB3105208 cumulative update is one of them. The update appears to proceed normally, and then asks for a reboot (also a...


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