So, being foolish old me, I tried to use os-uninstaller to remove my Windows installation and make way for Arch Linux.

Unfortunately, now nothing on this computer boots, and I cannot even boot from a USB! The "USB HDD" option has completely disappeared from the BIOS and has been replaced by "ubuntu".

I can't seem to boot from anything, and was looking for a way to restore the ability to boot from USB again.

*Update - There was a recovery utility that has let me boot into Windows, but that still hasn't solved the problem of being unable to boot from USB.

If it helps, the computer is a Samsung NP540U3C and the BIOS is Phoenix Securecore Tiano Setup.

Also, why would ubuntu remove the ability to boot from USB in the first place? Very perplexed over here.

  • you might want to try logging on to unix.stackexchange.com using your existing stackexchange profile to ask your question over there instead. – mchid Nov 22 '15 at 21:38
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    Done. Just figured I should post here given that Ubuntu seems to be the culprit. As a bit of an update, I apparently found a Windows recovery option in the firmware (seems to be working so far, but we'll see if it pans out). – kazi Nov 22 '15 at 21:58
  • I see this is ubuntu related, I was thinking more people may know about samsung specific issues over there. – mchid Nov 22 '15 at 22:06
  • As an update, it boots a Windows factory image now, but the ability to boot from USB is still totally and completely gone. – kazi Nov 22 '15 at 23:29

Partial fix/workaround:

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