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Sunday, February 9, 2014

1456. UEFI - What is it?

You know Doug like some other geeky folks I want to reformat my hard drive and re-install Windows and that just worked up until Windows 8. Suddenly I have to deal with this new thing called UEFI and I have to turn it off and deal with it, What is it and how can it effect my installation of Windows on a clean hard drive?

First the acronym Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.

As the computers become more advanced the interface between the computer hardware and the computer Operating System needs to be enhanced. So we now have UEFI vs. the old BIOS interface you have seen for many years.

Some computers support both the UEFI and the BIOS (Basic Input, Output System) interface as this new transition takes place.

So what does it mean to the average computer user?  

For the most part you will not care. But if you decide to re-install your operating system you will need to make sure that the new operating system is supported by UEFI or if you can make the legacy operating system work on the hardware by bypassing the UEFI and using the BIOS system.

My advice if you are considering this is to start by going to the UEFI forum to review things and then check with the computer manufacturer. We know that Windows 8 will run on computers that have UEFI as well as BIOS support. But in the future you will have to check with the hardware and software manufacturer.

This is something that you may want to leave to the experts. After all did you really care that the previous computer you had only supported BIOS? Probably not.

Use you favorite search engine to find articles on UEFI.

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