How to activate laptop with UEFI mobo

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  1. scotyard

    scotyard MDL Novice

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    #1 scotyard, Mar 2, 2016
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    Hi, I've bought a Dell laptop that has UEFI and comes with Ubuntu preinstalled. I have no idea how UEFI works and if the procedure is the same for it as it is with BIOS. From what I know, the best way to get windows 10 activated is:
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    Windows 7 > Daz loader > Windows 10 upgrade > Windows 10 clean install
    When I install Win 7, I'll be formatting the HDD and starting from scratch. So, with the final aim to get Windows 10 installed and activated, how should I proceed with this laptop?

    Thanks to all esp. Daz!
     
  2. Tito

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  3. potjevleesch

    potjevleesch MDL Addicted

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    uefi has to be activated in bios before installing windows that's about it all
     
  4. scotyard

    scotyard MDL Novice

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    Wow, you've got a thread already up and running! I'll go through it, many thanks!
    And on the model of the laptop, I'm getting a Dell Vostro 3558 laptop.

    Thanks for this, but I'm sorry but I'm a novice when it comes to UEFI as I've never had a need to poke a UEFI machine before. I'll google it to figure out more on it but if you can provide me some more info on how to do it or a link to read up on it, that'll be great, thanks!
     
  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    You are on THE site for activating (and tito is ONE of the experts on the topic when it comes to bios modding/win activating and you will google it? :)

    Windows 7 on uefi can simply be activated by windslic (it does almost the same as daz but it's efi compatible) or by modding the bios with which tito would advise you to do (follow his link).
     
  6. Bat.1

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    I'm the "Not Smart" :( member of MDL so to get My own Win 10 OS copies in EFI, I installed Win 7 Ult on a MBR disc and after Daz loading upgraded to Win 10 Pro. Once I saw I was activated I did a fresh install of Win 10 on a GPT disc :p
     
  7. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    And what if you don't have legacy bios or csm anymore on your system? ;)
     
  8. Bat.1

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    Won't work anymore, but for the Dell 3558 No problem :p
     
  9. SpeedDream

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    no legacy/csm mode and 7 cannot be activated unless there's a slic for his notebook around, otherwise he has the only choice to install 10 directly using kms
     
  10. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    When no modded bios is available, this worked just fine for my UEFI win 7 SP1 Ultimate x64 install: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/29740-WindSLIC-UEFI-SLIC-injector

    Upgraded to 10240 Pro and i still have a valid HWID running 10586 :)
     
  11. Oz

    Oz MDL Expert

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    That Dell model was available with 7, therefore BIOS will have SLIC 2.1. (Unless it has been hidden)

    So you can install 7 no problem if not hidden.
     
  12. andrews

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    For installing UEFI Win 10 clean after you get it activated...
    If you make a UEFI bootable Win 10 USB drive, make sure you put it in a USB 2.0 port to boot and install or the install won't work. Can't be in USB 3.0 port.
     
  13. Tito

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    Who says so? The inbox USB3 driver in Windows 10 is capable enough.
     
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  14. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Normally should! But some machines have bad USB 3 connectors, which not producing power enough for and external USB 3 Device, for one instance of several! Cable problem, could be the next one and so on!

    Just that the driver is capable and good enough, didn't really means that a external device MUST work!
     
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  15. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    #15 Enthousiast, Mar 3, 2016
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    This is right for win 7 and down, but since win 8.x you can boot from usb3 ports using a usb3 thumbdrive.

    Never encountered any boot problem from usb3 (port and thumbdrive).

    Under a running win 8.x there are some known problems but never for boot.
     
  16. Bat.1

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    Only time I've had problems booting Win 8.1 from a USB3 port, (Same thing with Win 7 from USB2 port) was when I did it on a Non MOBO port. That means Cheap Case ports or aftermarket expansion ports. Excuse my Cajun :p