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HP envy x2 withouth uefi partition, how to reinstall?


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#1 wonderland

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:09 PM

Hello,

 

I have a HP envy x2 which has no uefi partition and at the moment it seems that it's impossible to reinstall this computer. I have tried external dvd-rom and bootable usb, but they aren't recognized when I turn on the computer. At the moment the computers has no OS.

 

On hp forums I read that you must turn on legacy boot in order to be able to boot from cd-rom, but there is no such option, there isn't even a boot priority option, only uefi boot priority which is greyed out at the moment, probably due to absence of uefi partition.

 

I have never seen such basic bios with so few options, I couldn't believe that there is no boot priority options available, which seems the most basic of options...

 

Is there anything that could be done in this situation?


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 09:37 PM

Hello, Would you tell us your Operating System so I can get you some help.
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 04:08 AM

Hey,

 

Thank you very much for your response, there is currently no OS on the system.



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Posted 16 February 2016 - 09:10 AM

This all depends on what Operating System you're trying to install.
Also affecting this is where you get the recovery media from.

 

For example, if you're using recovery media that you made on this computer, then you should leave the system in the state it was when you made the recovery media - and run the recovery from that.

If you have received recovery media from HP, then you should leave the system in the state it was when it left the factory.  While trying to install Windows you may be able to delete all the partitions and start over fresh.

If you are using downloaded recovery media, then it depends on which OS you have downloaded and what the system originally came with.

W7 and earlier don't use UEFI, where as W8/8.1/10 all come using UEFI (this is for OEM's like HP - custom built systems are different).


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Posted 16 February 2016 - 02:18 PM

Thank you usasma!

 

I was trying to install windows 7 but that failed, but once I created windows 8.1 bootable usb (that was the windows version that came with the computer), I didn't even have to change anything in bios because windows install was loaded from usb straight away.

 

I have installed fresh windows 8.1 copy and am very happy! Now I just need to see If I can take advantage of that W10 upgrade on this computer :)



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 06:45 AM

You should be able to update to W10 without any issues.

The sooner that you do it, the better.

 

Also, you may want to look up your product key and save that in case you need it in the future.

Here's a free program that I use:  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

 

I don't know if this will work in W8/8.1, but you can run this command in a command prompt:

 

slmgr /xpr

 

If it comes back saying that the OS is permanently activated, that means that the system's info/activation status is stored on the Microsoft servers.  What this means to you is that you won't have to worry about activating Windows on this hardware as long as you're able to access the internet.

Good luck!


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Posted 17 February 2016 - 06:51 AM

Thank you very much for this advice!

I will do this on my main PC as well!






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