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  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Professional 64
    Thread Starter
       #11

    With default settings my computer won't boot at all because it defaults to RAID. I can only get it to boot when it's set to AHCI. This was the case when I had Windows 7 as well, at least recently. I recently upgraded to a larger boot SSD but I had no problem in Windows 7 only since I upgraded to 10...

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    I'm unable to boot Tails it's not recognized as a bootable USB by my BIOS. (I suspect it needs UEFI which I don't have.)
    Also, I don't need another computer to build Tails
    I'm posting from Windows 10 on my computer now, I can cold boot Windows 10, I just have issues with restart and semi-cold (i. e. if I shut down through Windows instead of with my power button) boot...
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  2. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #12

    Hi again -

    According to your first post, the situation appeared to be more dire.

    Can you make a restorable backup of the system in question and perform a clean install?

    Leave the BIOS settings as they are for now.

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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Professional 64
    Thread Starter
       #13

    Compumind said:
    Hi again -

    According to your first post, the situation appeared to be more dire.

    Can you make a restorable backup of the system in question and perform a clean install?

    Leave the BIOS settings as they are for now.

    Yes I can. However, my current install is clean. I kept nothing in my old Windows 7 install. (Just used my Windows 7 key at the beginning of installation). I actually deleted the partitions via the installer. And this issue started during installation as explained in the first post.
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  4. Posts : 4,472
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #14

    Shloz said:
    Yes I can. However, my current install is clean. I kept nothing in my old Windows 7 install. (Just used my Windows 7 key at the beginning of installation). I actually deleted the partitions via the installer. And this issue started during installation as explained in the first post.
    That's why I wanted you to to create a restorable backup, format the drive and start fresh.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    You might wish to run comprehensive pre-boot hardware diagnostics before doing this.

    https://www.dell.com/support/home/en...-boot-analysis

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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Professional 64
    Thread Starter
       #15

    I'll try the diagnostics soon. Meanwhile, I discovered that I lost my ability to boot from USB. When I tell it to boot from USB it comes back with not available or something like that. The settings in the Bios are right, exactly as they were before installing Windows 10.
    I tried booting the Windows installation USB I used to install Windows 10 but it won't boot.
    I also tried other images I had and I tried Tails, different USB sticks, nothing boots.
    Most likely this is all related. Any insight?
    If I do need a fresh install I'm in trouble. Thankfully Windows 10 still boots from a cold boot.

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    I ran the pre-boot diagnostic all the way through, no errors, passed all tests.
    How should I go about a fresh install if I can't boot from USB anymore? Any advice?

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    Update. I can boot from USB if I pull my 2 external USB drives first...
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  6. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Professional 64
    Thread Starter
       #16

    Still not resolved! Please help


    A recap of the issue. When I try to restart, the computer hangs at the logo with spinning dots. Cold booting works. The problem is 100% reproducible,

    Here's what I tried:
    Disabling fast boot; Reflashing my BIOS; Resetting BIOS to default; Fresh install of Windows; A different hard drive; Changed CMOS battery. Nothing helped (or hurt).

    Dell Optiplex 960, Intel Core Duo, 8 GB, Windows 10 64, Build 19041.329, Version 2004

    Any ideas of what I could try? Thanks
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  7. Posts : 3,682
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #17

    try a Clean Boot.
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  8. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Professional 64
    Thread Starter
       #18

    spunk said:
    try a Clean Boot.
    Thanks. I just did. Unfortunately it didn't help, exact same thing happened.
    I'm sure it's something specific to my Motherboard or BIOS, although I can't figure out why it only happens on restart and not on a cold boot.
    I'm hoping something can be done short of buying a new computer...
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  9. Posts : 1,169
    win10 home
       #19

    You can boot using USB on an old OptiPlex.Visit ---plop.at---and download the requisite boot manager.Read the relevant manual first,if you aren't up to speed with Linux.
    I did it a few years ago on an OptiPlex gt240,just to see if it would and it did.Worth a try.
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