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Windows 7: Downgrading from Windows 8

12 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Downgrading from Windows 8

When I downgrade from windows 8 or try to atleast, it wont even start after I press install now to install because it says I don't have the correct drivers. What do I do?

Thank you,
C

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12 May 2014   #2

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there

What won't start.
How did you install Windows 7 - did it install OK.

Even with a lot of drivers missing usually the computer will BOOT with the basic stuff working.

Note also - check to see if your computer has PROTECTED BOOT enabled (In the BIOS) -- if it is DISABLE IT and enable / allow Legacy boot. You don't have to disable UEFI - but remember if booting a UEFI OS then the HDD must be formatted as GPT and not MBR).

Cheers
jimbo
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13 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

What won't start.
How did you install Windows 7 - did it install OK.

Even with a lot of drivers missing usually the computer will BOOT with the basic stuff working.

Note also - check to see if your computer has PROTECTED BOOT enabled (In the BIOS) -- if it is DISABLE IT and enable / allow Legacy boot. You don't have to disable UEFI - but remember if booting a UEFI OS then the HDD must be formatted as GPT and not MBR).

Cheers
jimbo
I've disabled protected boot in bios and allowed legacy and booted to windows 7 disc. I then "pressed any key" and it started to go to the install screen. At the screen where it says "install now", I clicked install it acted like it was gonna start installing and then said I didn't have the drivers to install.

Thanks,
C
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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13 May 2014   #4

Dual Boot: Windows 7 Pro & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Hi, Im not sure if you have an HP or not but even if you don't, take a look at this thread windows 8 downgrade to windows 7 missing drivers (network) - HP Support Forum - 2708305.

The only thing different if you don't have the HP is finding the correct drivers for your PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You will encounter this error if ;

1. You are installing "Win 7" from a USB flash drive and the USB port is "USB 3.0".

Connecting USB flash drive to a 2.0 port will solve this. Some models may only have 3.0 ports. If that is the case, please use a DVD instead.

2. SATA controller require special drivers.

Some laptops - especially newer Ultrabook models - requires SATA controller driver to be provided during setup.


First try installing by booting from a DVD and if that don't work, please specify the exact model of your laptop with next reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
You will encounter this error if ;

1. You are installing "Win 7" from a USB flash drive and the USB port is "USB 3.0".

Connecting USB flash drive to a 2.0 port will solve this. Some models may only have 3.0 ports. If that is the case, please use a DVD instead.

2. SATA controller require special drivers.

Some laptops - especially newer Ultrabook models - requires SATA controller driver to be provided during setup.


First try installing by booting from a DVD and if that don't work, please specify the exact model of your laptop with next reply.


The 3.0 USB ports are probably the problem. I have a HP Pavillion Sleekbook that has 2 3.0 USB ports, 1 2.0 USB port BUT, NO DISC DRIVE so, I'm having to use an external disc drive that takes 2 USB ports. I might try the Usb flash drive install on the 2.0 USB port and see if thats it.

Thank you,
C
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