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First off, this is a theory, but if this works, UEFI boards and SSD owners will be able to boot Windows a lot faster than before.

Please bear with me, as this takes quite a bit of explanation.

Apparently Windows 7 has a "feature" where if your motherboard is a UEFI enabled board, Windows will use a different boot sequence than before, as with traditional BIOS. This feature isn't enabled on a vanilla install of Windows 7, so you will need to change around some Windows install files to enable this.

All I'm asking is for a couple of OCN members with both an SSD and a UEFI enabled motherboard to test this out. This will, in theory, shave off at least 10 seconds off your boot time. The procedure is as follows, you just have to move a few files around in the Windows install DVD.

You will need:
  • 4GB or higher capacity flash drive
  • A copy of the Windows 7 x64 bit install DVD, obtainable from here (assuming you have a valid Windows key)
  • 7-Zip

Instructions:
  1. Copy the contents of your Windows 7 x64 install DVD to your flash drive
  2. Navigate to X:\sources\ (where X is the drive letter of your flash drive) and open install.wim using 7-Zip.
  3. You should see 4 folders, numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4. Go to X:\sources\install.wim\1\Windows\Boot\EFI\ and find bootmgfw.efi
    *NOTE* This file can also be found on your C:\ drive, provided you have a working install of Windows 7 x64. It is located in C:\Windows\Boot\EFI
  4. Drag bootmgfw.efi to your desktop.
  5. Go to X:\efi\microsoft
  6. Copy the folder boot
  7. Go to X:\efi
  8. Paste the boot folder you copied earlier, so the directory is X:\efi\boot
  9. Take the bootmgfw.efi you dragged onto your desktop earlier and rename it into bootx64.efi, and drag it again into the boot folder, resulting in X:\efi\boot\bootx64.efi

You're done. Press F10 or whatever to open your boot menu, but this time, it should have a new "Acpi" boot option. Boot off the Acpi boot option, and not the USB flash drive. Install Windows as normal.

It took a while for me to type this up, so if someone could try this and reply back with their findings, that'd be great.

EDIT: Don't shutdown or reboot after your initial Windows install. There's a certain security update that needs to be installed by Windows Update which fixes a black screen boot for UEFI installs.
Edited by Ipwnnubletz - 2/10/11 at 5:47pm
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What is UEFI?
     
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BIOS replacement. And also, shameless bump.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz;12330803 
EDIT: Don't shutdown or reboot after your initial Windows install. There's a certain security update that needs to be installed by Windows Update which fixes a black screen boot for UEFI installs.

So basically the computer can't go down once it's up?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hokeyplyr48;12339445 
So basically the computer can't go down once it's up?

No, it will function as normal once you install the security update provided by Microsoft.
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ill try it... but do u have to re-install windows?
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Any link to this actually working? I'm just curious since boot up is already very fast. Taking 10 seconds off that would make it like a few seconds to boot
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I got this idea from installing Windows 7 on a CR-48 (I've installed Windows 7 on my CR-48 using this method, and startup times have indeed increased), because the CR-48 has UEFI.

When I startup, you see the "Windows is Starting" boot logo for around 2 seconds, then a black screen for around 5, then an immediate boot afterward.

And yes, this is a complete Windows reinstall.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz;12339546 
I got this idea from installing Windows 7 on a CR-48 (I've installed Windows 7 on my CR-48 using this method, and startup times have indeed increased), because the CR-48 has UEFI.

When I startup, you see the "Windows is Starting" boot logo for around 2 seconds, then a black screen for around 5, then an immediate boot afterward.

And yes, this is a complete Windows reinstall.
I'll give this a try when I get my new SSD or so. I reformat pretty often. Does it give you enough time to enter UEFI (Pressing Del)? I don't really like it when you only have a split second to hit the Delete buttom.
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will try later this weekend

i had planned to re install anyways since boot times went from like 10-15 seconds to over 1 minute..

gotta wipe the SSDs though..
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