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[Guide] HP 6300 Pro / HP 8300 Elite - A 100 percent Working and Easily Affordable CustoMac

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Hi, I'm having some troubles, does anyone have installed Windows 10 and Sierra on a single drive? Every time I installed both systems only the Windows boot manager appears on my UEFI BOOT SOURCE, even if I have installed the clover bootloader.
Probablly, you have to change boot order in BIOS to MacOS partition first
 
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Probablly, you have to change boot order in BIOS to MacOS partition first
I have followed a guide for multibooting in a single drive, making an UEFI USB for windows, the UEFI at my pc (hp6300) is sort of weird, anyway I left the usb at my pc.
 
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removed one ram chip. think i got lucky as the computer has not crashed since, but I did still get one boot that didn't work, not really an issue for me as it always works second time.
Run MemTest86 for 24 hours. Is it Hynix RAM?
 
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A quick question.
Is there any way to connect bluetooth speakers to HP? I mean, I can get it connected and see in the blue tooth menu as connected but in the sound menu no bluetooth option is available. Although after a little while speaker gets disconnected too...
I have solved the problem with Audio Midi Setup. The speaker is listed there and I ticked "Use this device for sound output" and la laa...

Sound quality is not too bad.There are some occasional cracking noises but I am happy for now.
 
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tried to clean install windows from usb, but all drives were not selectable, wrong format etc... strange as the drive had windows on it. so i formatted the drive but that didn't work either. now im out of ideas.
 
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Attention gamers and dual booters

I've added a brief guide at the end of post #2 that shows you how to install Windows 10 for UEFI booting. It's called:
How to Create a Windows 10 UEFI USB Installer

When you install Win10 for UEFI booting you can then dual boot it with Sierra from the Clover bootloader.

Most people don't realize that you can download the ISO for free from microsoft's website and then run the full Creators update version, Home or Pro without having a product key. The only downside is that you cannot personalize Windows but everything else works the same as the paid version. The one other thing is that there is a watermark in the lower right corner of your screen that you can't get rid of. Try it out and see what you think.
Following these instuctions, and using the Windows 10 that came with the 8300 I set-up dual boot from clover. I can personalize and there is no watermark
 

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Following these instuctions, and using the Windows 10 that came with the 8300 I set-up dual boot from clover. I can personalize and there is no watermark
If Windows 10 was installed previously, there is no need to enter the product key for it to activate. Here's what MS says:

How you activate Windows 10 after reinstalling it depends on how Windows 10 was originally installed on your device.

If you activated a free upgrade to Windows 10 or bought and activated Windows 10 from the Store, you have a digital license for your device. This means you can reinstall the same edition of Windows 10 that your device has a digital license for without entering a product key. During reinstallation, if you’re asked to enter a product key, you can skip this step. Windows 10 will automatically activate online after the installation is complete.
 
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Thanks to this great guide, I installed Sierra on a HP 8300 SFF , i7-3770, 8MB, 500GB with Windows 10 Pro (already upgraded from Windows 7 Pro) which I got for $100 locally. I added the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB for extra I/O performance.

I enabled VT-x and VT-d and can now use this machine for Android and iOS development from Sierra.

I can dual boot into windows for now from slower disk, but may install windows in a VirtualBox VM and repurpose slow disk for extra storage for Sierra.

I am getting GeekBench Score of 13345
Screen Shot 2017-08-25 at 6.06.59 PM.png
( https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3804490 )

which is slightly faster than the comparable iMac score of 12497.. not bad
Screen Shot 2017-08-25 at 6.08.37 PM.png
( https://browser.geekbench.com/macs/329 )

The SSD disk I/O performance according to BlackMagic Speed Test is pretty close to advertised rates with over 410MB/s (max 520MB/s) for writes (not shown) and over 510MB/s (max 540MB/s) for reads (shown). Again not bad at all. This is well over 10 times faster than the mechanical drive AFAIK. BTW: I am using the on CPU Intel HD4600 GPU so not really that concerned about GPU performance.
DiskSpeedTest.png

This is my first hackintosh. So I would like to especially thank @trs96 for coming up with this great guide and to everyone in the community who made this possible. I am thrilled! :headbang:
 
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