Missing my Intel UI in my UEFI


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I'll be honest. That always seems like a good policy. I'm not a certified IT but as far as my household goes where I live, way out in the Canadian Northern Gateway, I'm the only IT and that's as good as it gets. I've always been a Johnny-come-lately and about the last guy to learn something new. I'm not sure where to post this and I'm kind of old but not completely lost in cyberspace when it comes to PCs as I've worked with them daily for the better part of over two decades. Having stated this much, I decided to share some of what I expressed to a friend in an email because I would like to regard everyone here on a friendly basis. The original email was entitled: Perhaps I shouldn't have drawn attention to myself because by installing Win 11 on my work station it seems many interesting (but not necessarily good) things have ensued.

As some of you might deduce from reading this missive, I've been busy. I wouldn't mind some input or suggestions. I sure wouldn't mind getting my good ole IRST UI back in my boot screen and running in my UEFI (BIOS) but it would seem that many changes are underway and as usual I've failed to stay on top of things. So any friendly suggestions are welcome.


Intel® Rapid Storage Technology and Intel® Optane™...
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology and Intel® Optane™...
The Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) and Intel® Optane™ Memory applications will no longer be updated (end-of-life notice).
www.intel.com

Here is my slightly edited email to my friend:




So as it turns out, not only has Optane reached EOL but so has IRST in addition to Win 8.1.

This is an extremely big deal for me as I'm running three IRST arrays and two LSI arrays on one single PC.

So let's review: First Windows 8.1 reaches EOL. Two days later my Win 8.1 Pro won't boot anymore.

After numerous attempts using all the tricks I know it occurs to me that these procedures will not work.

My Win 8.1 Pro (purchased directly from the Microsoft Store) license key, used on one PC only, namely my X99 E-WS USB 3.1 work station was locked out on my LSI RAID 10 array and I simply could not access my OS or, even my data, via the good ole Windows Manager. LSI had me locked out of my logical drive.

As you know I attempted a genuine Windows backup recovery where I received a warning: "AiNVMe.sys file is missing".
I proceeded to correct this issue following instructions on Intel's web site. This is where I learned that my backup on my
Intel Optane based NVMe (memory) failed because Optane had reached EOL. So not only had Win 8.1 reached EOL but
also the functionality of my NVMe memory. (I'm wondering if this might also be why my Kingston NVMe memory failed.)
By resorting to an older backup and using the Windows exclusions to ensure that only drive C and D were to be recovered
the end result was that nearly all my storage drives were consequently written over with old partitions, which resulted in a
mass scramble to recover my partitions and approx 20 TB of lost data. But a horrible thing happened: I could not roll back.
The procedure had written over ALL my other backups. Try as I might (trust me) I tried. All my backups were gone.

So now I'm at the forensics end of things, scraping through Kaspersky's morgue files on my data drives. I have about 11 TB of data left to sift through. Wish me well. So instead of reinstalling an EOL OS I decided to attempt a Win 11 Pro install using my legitimate Windows 8 digital license key purchased directly from Microsoft's own store. I will spare you the excruciating details involving Microsoft's loose instructions on how to do this with only TPM1 on your system board. There is no way that I want to relive those horrendous memories. It took me all of two days to get a legitimate ISO compliments of you-know-who to properly function on a system board using only TPM1.

Yeah, I did it. And this is where the fun begins: Unlike Win 8.1 where practically all the drivers are generously provided in their generic forms many of the drivers I required were not supplied with Win 11 Pro. The OS was quick to point out that my Intel NVMe was in need of a driver but did not provide one until I uninstalled the old one. After installing the standard driver my 660P NVMe seemed to work normally but during this process of getting my Win 11 Pro all caught up on drivers and configured correctly I did not notice that something else had happened:

My UEFI UI for IRST vanished. When I boot up my PC no longer displays all that pretty green text that tells me everything is running fine. If I dig deep in my UEFI I can find the arrays and I can access them via Windows Manager in the OS, but the official pre-boot, colored text, IRST UI is nowhere to be found. The arrays work. The drives are there and functional. This is very hard on an OCD guy like me. Methinks the time has come to reinstall Linux. Three EOL's in a single week is too hard on my nerves.

Anyhoo

Time to get back to work

ETU
 
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Per the article. For Windows, it is only the driver bundled user management interfaces that are EOL. They have been replaced by user interfaces through the Microsoft Store. When you install the iRST driver the Windows store management app will be installed as well.

In my BIOS (which is using 18.x Intel RST UEFI interface), there is a section in the BIOS that gives you the IRST status through an EFI driver.

The green text in BIOS you are talking about is an outdated, legacy, non-UEFI BIOS driver. You should be able to configure your EFI BIOS to use legacy mode (CSM enabled) and the legacy BIOS drivers if that is really what you want, if the BIOS supports it (mine does).

IRST is plenty alive. Optane on the other hand... Micron is no longer going to produce the chips for Optane, so who knows - it is probably dead.
 

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As @geneo stated IRST IS alive and well....and still supporting optane...as long as the user's hardware is of a certain vintage. You did not give complete specs of the system you are having issues with so I do not know what chipset you are using. Since you mentioned a Windows 8 license, I suspect it is older than 8th gen. You are correct in that optane itself is EOL. However, Intel is still supporting it with later processors. You are also correct in that the management app is no longer included with the IRST driver. Per Intel "The Intel® Optane™ Memory and Storage Management Application will continue to be available from the Microsoft Store* to deliver monitoring and management capabilities for the Intel® RST storage subsystem. Note: The Intel® RST Driver is required to be installed before installing the application"

If you have 8th or 9th gen core processor latest IRST driver is here Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver Installation Software with Intel® Optane™ Memory (8th and 9th Gen Platforms)

If you have a chipset earlier than 8th gen, the last IRST driver Intel released is here. Read the release and readme files to see if your chipset is on the list.

The following is for anyone reading this who has later core processors (10th and 11th generation). Driver is here. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver Installation Software with Intel® Optane™ Memory (10th and 11th Gen Platforms) Per the readme and release notes it applies to certain 11th generation platforms so check the release notes and readme files to see if it is applicable to your 11th gen or the next one I am listing below.
It seems one driver is for a certain pairing of chipsets/cpus and another driver is for a different set of chipsets/cpus. Read the release notes and readme files to see if yours is listed. Also note of Intels's warning in the readme.
The system must contain one of the Intel controllers listed in Section 1 “SUPPORTED
PLATFORMS/CHIPSETS” above and one of the following types of processors***:

The way I read that statement is it is dependent on one having a certain cpu paired with a certain chipset. If anyone reads it differently please correct me.

11th up to 13th gen platforms Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver Installation Software with Intel® Optane™ Memory (11th up to 13th Gen Platforms)


NOTE: IRST must be enabled in UEFI bios before the IRST driver is required. If it is not enabled, then your system is probably running on the basic MS storage controller driver. You can find out by going to device manager and expand the storage controller category. Also check your uefi bios.
 
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Thank you all for your timely responses to my op dated Feb 21, 2023. As I did not really expect such a prompt response I have since done many things with my system. I certainly appreciate the help and the suggestions and perhaps I will try a few things after reading these replies. I am currently running Win 11 now on my Work Station based on the instructions provided to Windows users via Microsoft for TPM1 systems such as the one I'm currently using. I am also aware that Microsoft does not recommend using Windows 11 on TPM1 system boards. Nonetheless their site provides instructions on how to accomplish this feat.

I believe that during my relentless and exasperated efforts to finally get Win 11 Pro on my vintage work station that I lost my good ole in BIOS user interface compliments of IRST. I miss it dearly. It was sort of like my "welcome home" door mat shining in the porch light, letting me know that all my Intel RAID arrays and non-member discs were functioning normally at a glance. The green text was not only appealing, but also provided some practical purpose — an "all is well" pre-boot to the OS if you will. Now it is gone. :(

I do have that legacy option in my CSM but I don't want to change that at the risk of losing my UEFI. After all, isn't that the whole deal behind Win 11 and the UEFI/TPM thingy? I'm pretty sure none of my drives are MBR anymore in my work station and I certainly wouldn't want to confuse the old girl. I just find it rather interesting that I was fine with that old legacy interface until I opted to install Win 11. I think my CSM options are "legacy only" or "UEFI only" so this does not seem so hopeful. I'm also a fan of multi-boot OS and I managed to save my dear old Win 7 U during this traumatic adventure. Although it does run the IRST software without issue the lovely green text does not appear in the pre-boot even when booting to Win 7.

I have since updated my profile and my system specs are a work in progress as I am currently trying to recover data as a result of that missing IaNVMe.sys file, which consequently led to my choosing an older Windows recovery System Image, which led to having all my partitions written over on nearly all my drives, destroying roughly 10 TB of data. (My biggest catastrophic system failure in over two decades.) Yes, I'm eating humble pie. Microsoft ignored my exclusions, despite all assurances that it would only recover C and D. How bad is that. My system is an embarrassing disaster that needs to be rebuilt now. It was once a highly organized, simplistically complex, smoothly functioning and flexible interface providing me the best worlds of a NAS home server, work station, and domestic end user PC all in one. I hope to get it back to what it once was. Once again, Thank you all for your suggestions.

If I were to attach an HWiNFO file here some of you would probably laugh yourselves to tears (or worse). I have a lot of red-lined hard drives running as I juggle newly procured data from scraping ones and zero's off lost files from re-partitioned hard drives in the good-ole fashioned style of forensics. Nope. No fun at all. I'm just wondering whether I should be taking this link seriously or not. I suppose this is what comes of growing old and nostalgic. RIP IRST

 

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    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W

    Ports X, Y, and Z are reserved for USB access and removable drives.

    Drive types consist of the following: Various mechanical hard drives bearing the brand names, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital. Various NVMe drives bearing the brand names Kingston, Intel, Silicon Power, Crucial, Western Digital, and Team Group. Various SATA SSDs bearing various different brand names.

    RAID arrays included:

    LSI RAID 10 (WD Velociraptors) 1115.72 GB
    LSI RAID 10 (WD SSDS) 463.80 GB

    INTEL RAID 0 (KINGSTON HYPER X) System 447.14 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 TOSHIBA ENTERPRIZE class Data 2794.52 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 SEAGATE HYBRID 931.51 GB
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Per the article. For Windows, it is only the driver bundled user management interfaces that are EOL. They have been replaced by user interfaces through the Microsoft Store. When you install the iRST driver the Windows store management app will be installed as well.

In my BIOS (which is using 18.x Intel RST UEFI interface), there is a section in the BIOS that gives you the IRST status through an EFI driver.

The green text in BIOS you are talking about is an outdated, legacy, non-UEFI BIOS driver. You should be able to configure your EFI BIOS to use legacy mode (CSM enabled) and the legacy BIOS drivers if that is really what you want, if the BIOS supports it (mine does).

IRST is plenty alive. Optane on the other hand... Micron is no longer going to produce the chips for Optane, so who knows - it is probably dead.

As for the IRST BIOS > Yeah, well I tried that too. ;-) Alas, my Win 11 just sits with the Windows logo and waits... and waits... and goes no further than the logo when I enable the legacy IRST through CSM. Nonetheless I'm giving you credit for help because your suggestion did make my lovely green legacy text reappear! :D So one problem at a time, I suppose. I just had to work up the courage to try it and see if it would kill my Win 11. Yup. It killed my Win 11. I kinda thought it might do that. In fact, I kinda hoped nobody would suggest changing my CSM settings. It wasn't hard to get back my OS but, of course, now my lovely green text is gone again.

I also had that GUI IRST replacement from the Windoze store you mentioned (and I still have it) but I kinda miss the old school version TBH. It's still working fine in my Windows 7 U. I never thought WIN 11 would be so bloddy invasive. (Pardon my French and bad spelling). Seems I can have one or the other, but not both; and being a man who likes his options, I find this completely unsatisfactory. I have my Win 11 running on my "Optane" based stick of NVMe now but it's not in RAID and likely never will be now. The Intel NVMe I'm referring to is no longer supported by Intel and it would seem that Intel has passed the buck to Solidigm. I don't have time for this and I'm not too happy with Intel either. That missing "IaNVMe.sys" file cost me a great deal of time, energy, and dollars. (Not to mention the hardship and stress incurred.) I accept responsibility for trusting that which should not be trusted (namely Microsoft) but 10 TB of data is a lot to sift through when you're trying to recover files from partitions that were inadvertently written over via Windows Recovery that flat out ignored exclusions. Anyway, I'm ranting.

I'm guessing IRST is done for the future and Optane is dead in the water. I don't see Intel calling it EOL if this were not the case.

SMH... What a sacrifice. Win 8.1 gone. Optane gone. IRST history.
 

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    Ports X, Y, and Z are reserved for USB access and removable drives.

    Drive types consist of the following: Various mechanical hard drives bearing the brand names, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital. Various NVMe drives bearing the brand names Kingston, Intel, Silicon Power, Crucial, Western Digital, and Team Group. Various SATA SSDs bearing various different brand names.

    RAID arrays included:

    LSI RAID 10 (WD Velociraptors) 1115.72 GB
    LSI RAID 10 (WD SSDS) 463.80 GB

    INTEL RAID 0 (KINGSTON HYPER X) System 447.14 GB
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Optane's not dead.... as it's now owned by Solidigm. Just moved on. ;-)

 

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I have my Win 11 running on my "Optane" based stick of NVMe now but it's not in RAID and likely never will be now. The Intel NVMe I'm referring to is no longer supported by Intel and it would seem that Intel has passed the buck to Solidigm.

I'm not so sure Solidigm is calling it Optane anymore but I couldn't find support for the Intel hardware I'm using on their website. It would seem that this has changed since. As for Intel's website they flat out say that they no longer support it. I found this but I think they've already developed the generic driver for Microsoft and it looks like I have it now >> Solidigm™ Storage Driver for Client SSDs
 

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    WIN 11, WIN 10, WIN 8.1, WIN 7 U, WIN 7 PRO, WIN 7 HOME (32 Bit), LINUX MINT
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY, ASUS, and DELL
    CPU
    Intel i7 6900K (octocore) / AMD 3800X (8 core)
    Motherboard
    ASUS X99E-WS USB 3.1
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM (B DIE)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070
    Sound Card
    Crystal Sound (onboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    single Samsung 30" 4K and 8" aux monitor
    Screen Resolution
    4K and something equally attrocious
    Hard Drives
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W

    Ports X, Y, and Z are reserved for USB access and removable drives.

    Drive types consist of the following: Various mechanical hard drives bearing the brand names, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital. Various NVMe drives bearing the brand names Kingston, Intel, Silicon Power, Crucial, Western Digital, and Team Group. Various SATA SSDs bearing various different brand names.

    RAID arrays included:

    LSI RAID 10 (WD Velociraptors) 1115.72 GB
    LSI RAID 10 (WD SSDS) 463.80 GB

    INTEL RAID 0 (KINGSTON HYPER X) System 447.14 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 TOSHIBA ENTERPRIZE class Data 2794.52 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 SEAGATE HYBRID 931.51 GB
    PSU
    SEVERAL. I prefer my Corsair Platinum HX1000i but I also like EVGA power supplies
    Case
    ThermalTake Level 10 GT (among others)
    Cooling
    Noctua is my favorite and I use it in my main. I also own various other coolers. Not a fan of liquid cooling.
    Keyboard
    all kinds.
    Mouse
    all kinds
    Internet Speed
    360 mbps - 1 gbps (depending)
    Browser
    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY (no apologies)
    Other Info
    I own too many laptops: A Dell touch screen with Windows 11 and 6 others (not counting the other four laptops I bought for this household.) Being a PC builder I own many desktop PCs as well. I am a father of five providing PCs, laptops, and tablets for all my family, most of which I have modified, rebuilt, or simply built from scratch. I do not own a cell phone, never have, never will.
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