I've been following this guide: http://1ask2.com/windows8/uefi/uefi.html
I'm stuck at the part that specifies the Recovery partition being the first partition listed; it's important for the partition order to be correct so I can get full UEFI GPT compatibility. There are two reserved partitions. I want to get rid of the first partition, but really everything should be slid backwards by 128MB.
DISKPART> list partition
Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Reserved 128 MB 17 KB
Partition 2 Recovery 300 MB 129 MB
Partition 3 System 260 MB 429 MB
Partition 4 Reserved 128 MB 689 MB
Partition 5 Primary 2789 GB 817 MB
Partition 6 Recovery 4096 MB 2790 GB
EDIT: Turns out that you can't partition the disk from within Windows without it automatically creating an ESP (EFI System partition) as the first one. The writer of the walkthrough mentions that you can only do it through Windows PE (pre-installation environment), which users will get to whether they're using an installation disc or a USB drive. The hdd or ssd must be clean prior to installing. The writer of that article was able to do mass deployments by adding a text document to the installer so the script could be copy-pasted, but I've got only one system it's installing to, so I just typed out everything. The USB drive and my USB keyboard wouldn't work in the PE, so I had to move them from USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 ports. I got everything installed like it's supposed to and....
it turns out the link to the ISO I used was for the Win7 N version--which is for a different region. So I can't use my product key. So I have to find a download of the x64 Professional non-N version of Win7 and use Rufus on it all over again.
Anyone know of any links to where I can get a recent version of the ISO? They're hosted officially on Microsoft's digital river site. I already have a product key, so I don't need to bother buying one when the one I've got still has two system installs remaining on it.