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Old 10-23-2017, 07:20 PM   #1
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bootable usb flash drive for windows made in linux not booting


Hi all-

I have acer aspire win 10 pc efi secure boot disabled with virtualbox redhat 25 xfce guest installed. I got locked out. Trying to break in from my sony vaio. I must have mistyped password. Tried net user cmd in win. Now, it locked account and won't even let me use pin for log-in. Then, to make matters worse, I wasn't using microsoft account at log-in and no other active account like default admin.

Trying pcunlocker on flash 8 gb gpt partition table fat32 msfdata flag. Copied over iso in linux to flashdrive.

I read newer computers let you select specifically what to boot from on firmware after you press f2. My old clunker won't. That is where the stalking buzzard comes in. I have a windows boot loader, and it is in my boot order, and it always takes me to the log-in screen no matter what order. It doesn't let me boot flash drive for pc unlocker. At least I think that may be happening.

Well I hope that sounds ridiculous but not a total loss.

I had this philosophical question that I can't wrap my head around yet. So how in the world can i boot with like porteus or puppy if it always brings me to win 10 log-in. I mean - is it me or ...?

Please assist!

thx. - J. McNamara
 
Old 10-23-2017, 07:50 PM   #2
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I found this article http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-...ve-solved.htmlwhile sipping my NA beer. Can this be the reason that I didn't properly burn and instead copied files from iso to mounted flash drive? I never heard of that. Please let me know if that is plausible. I will experiment. I am going looking for netbootin in the meantime in case. I had fooled with win usb burners in wine but they recommended (pcunlocker) unetbootin.

thx. - J. McNamara
 
Old 10-23-2017, 08:06 PM   #3
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Starting to worry a bit now. Unetbootin didn't even get in. So windows 10 is blocking me. My philosophical question in the other post is making me angry. It is okay for windows to lock out a windows user but I don't think it should lock out bootable usb flash drives. I curse the day I used the cmd net user username password. That put it into lock out mode at the log-in screen.

Please assist if you can.

Thx. - J. McNamara
 
Old 10-23-2017, 08:36 PM   #4
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Hi-

I found this link https://4sysops.com/archives/reset-a...s-10-password/.

It said 'make sure your uefi and secure boot are disabled'.

I have been trying to google this statement and come to a consensus for some time now.

I already disabled secure boot BUT when I tried to switch to legacy my firmware boot order font went into a funk as if to warn me that disabling secure boot and switching to legacy was a bad idea. I mean my menu literally changed so I exited out of firmware without saving changes. I read where people couldn't get into firmware after making changes like this.

So I ask, 'If I use uefi can I switch to legacy if my hard drive is gpt parition table and why possibly did my menu in my firmware go into a funk when I used F6 and it came up with legacy option?'

thx. so much,

J. McNamara
 
Old 10-23-2017, 08:56 PM   #5
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I am recounting as usual because my mind runs on rewind. Yes, possibly I get one crack at it. Disable uefi and boot into flash drive unetbootin made with pcunlocker. Hell hath no fury if I don't restart back into firmware and fix afterwards to uefi immediately. Also, can't be 100% if bootable usb will work!

That is a scary scenario. Seems like secure boot is on even though it is disabled in my vantage point.

Please let me know if I am on the right track to correct this.

It seems like a needlessly risky procedure to follow.

thx. -
Jim
 
Old 10-23-2017, 08:58 PM   #6
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Does porteus, puppy, and pcunlocker have a fat32 file system, with EFI/BOOT/bootx64.efi on it? If not then will have to boot in legacy mode or get a live iso that will boot in efi mode.
 
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:03 PM   #7
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Spot on. Thx! that file is not there in that location. I thought pcunlocker would come with this. I will have them read this thread with posts and see if they can assist.

Have a cool night. Do not want to risk booting into legacy. NFW!

thx :-)-
Jim
 
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The key to enter the firmware is not necessarily F2, but you should be told what it is very briefly when the computer starts up.

If the USB device has one file on it with the .iso extension, then you simply copied the file rather than unpacking the contents. It must also be set as bootable. An iso file may need special software like unetbootin to make the USB stick bootable, or it may be a hybrid file (e.g. the Fedora installation media); in the latter case unetbootin may actually create a problem.
 
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