I bought a new laptop yesterday. I ended up choosing the Toshiba Satellite P55-A5312. It seemed to be the best deal for the price range I was looking at. The only thing I’m not so happy about is no removable battery, hopefully that won’t be a problem in the future. I tend to be a control freak when it comes to computers so not being able to replace the battery if I need to is a bit odd for me.
Before I remove all the garbage on the laptop that I don’t really want on it and put the stuff I do use on it, I wanted to make an image of it as a backup. I haven’t bought a new computer in over 4 years now, besides at work. So I suppose I’m a little behind the times. But I found it really odd that the laptop would not boot to the ghost CD that I had in it. I went into the BIOS and changed the boot order. I hit F12 when it was booting up to select the DVD drive, but it went in to Windows anyway. What. The. Hell.
After looking around online since last night I was finally able to find a forum where someone gave directions that worked. I had to disable two options in the BIOS in order for this thing to boot to the CD. It has to do with secure boot, which is a new thing with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. So maybe I’m not too far behind the times. According to technet it is “a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that your PC boots using only firmware that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.” It’s to help prevent rootkits and other forms of malware from booting with the system. Why does that then stop me from booting from a CD when I specifically tell it to do so? I find that slightly annoying. My control freak tendencies are popping up again. I don’t need computer manufacturers or Microsoft to protect me. If I break something it’s my own damn fault.
Whoever you are alexandru1 on the Tom’s Hardware forum, I thank you.
To switch UEFI native mode to legacy BIOS mode (and disable secure boot):
Restart the computer. In Windows 8, from the Start or Desktop screen move your pointer over the upper or lower right corner of the screen. When the Windows Charms appear, click the Settings ( ) charm, click Power, and then the Restart option.
Press and hold the F2 key when the screen goes black, and wait for the BIOS setup utility to launch. If your system cannot boot into Windows 8, shut down the computer completely, then press F2 while powering back on.
Select Security -> Secure Boot, and then Disabled.
Select Advanced -> System Configuration, and then Boot Mode.
Change UEFI Boot to CSM Boot.
To save the change and exit the BIOS setup, press F10.
I ghosted my laptop successfully. I had to re-enable UEFI boot to get it to boot back in to Windows when it was finished.