Before you start get to know your hardware you are working with. I’m going to base my documentation on the Dell Latitude 10 and the Dell XPS 12. I would highly recommend that you check your vendor hardware to make sure it supports UEFI. The Latitude 10 is on by default and you are unable to disable this (but why would you want to???, i’ll get to that..) The XPS 12 is on by default and yes you can turn it off if you want.
What is UEFI?
UEFI is like a middleman between you and your operating system. It actually will speed up the boot process and prevent Boot Sector & Rootkits from infecting your system. If you would like more reading on UEFI please visit here: http://www.uefi.org/home/ and for Windows 7, 8 and more info here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/what-uefi
Dell Latitude 10 – Intel Atom Z2760 Processor, 2GB Ram & 64GB SSD.
Dell XPS 12 – Intel iCore i5 & i7, 4GB & 8GB, 128SSD & 256SSD
I decided to split the process into a few sections so you can follow alot easier.
So you probably want to reload your device with your volume license version of Windows 8 Pro / Enterprise. First off you will need to either (1) create a bootable usb flash drive (see below) or if you’re lucky to have a DVD player (optional equipment) or a server that supports uefi imaging (Read Below).
I’m going to give 2 examples of the installation (1) will be the old fashion making a bloated image that includes everything that is needed and (2) MDT 2012, SCCM 2012 way. The bloated way I call it is a fast deployment option if you don’t already have MDT 2012 or SCCM and no time to set it up.
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