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Windows 7: GPT Hard drive issues with installing Windows 7 Ultimate..


17 Dec 2012   #1

Winows 8
 
 
GPT Hard drive issues with installing Windows 7 Ultimate..

Ok so I bought a new pc the other day it was delivered with Win 8 preinstalled 64 bit version, its a Packard bell Imedia. I've had a play about with it and I hate windows 8, that's why I have my windows 7 ultimate at hand ready to go on there. I've changed the boot priority for dvd drive first and enabled boot mode. Once I've got to boot mode the dvd drive never shows up in the boot menu, just the 1 of 2 1TB hdds I have in there appears. The drive is working as I've tried to run windows 7 install from the desktop though it has failed and I've read a little online to find out its due to the hdd drives being formatted in GPT format? I have never come across this before I know a little about pc's but not enough to know how to solve this issue. I really want to go back to Win 7 as I got on well with it and I hate windows 8 and I don't have a touch screen monitor to go with it either and nor would I want a touch screen monitor YCH!

hope someone here can help me i'm at my wits end haha

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17 Dec 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DrWolfenstein, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this is a new PC and formatted as GPT, then you have a UEFI motherboard.

If you have not already, then I would recommend creating a factory recovery USB to be able to restore Windows 8 back to factory conditions on your PC if you should ever want to in the future.
Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8
Next, double check to make sure that there are Windows 7 drivers available for all devices on the PC. There's no sense in installing Windows 7 if you don't have drivers for the PC.

To install Windows 7 on UEFI, you would first need to create a bootable Windows 7 UEFI USB flash drive using the tutorial below.
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Next, the tutorial below will show you how to install Window 7 on UEFI with the UEFI USB.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Dec 2012   #3

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17 Dec 2012   #4

Winows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello DrWolfenstein, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this is a new PC and formatted as GPT, then you have a UEFI motherboard.

If you have not already, then I would recommend creating a factory recovery USB to be able to restore Windows 8 back to factory conditions on your PC if you should ever want to in the future.
Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8
Next, double check to make sure that there are Windows 7 drivers available for all devices on the PC. There's no sense in installing Windows 7 if you don't have drivers for the PC.

To install Windows 7 on UEFI, you would first need to create a bootable Windows 7 UEFI USB flash drive using the tutorial below.
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Next, the tutorial below will show you how to install Window 7 on UEFI with the UEFI USB.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hey Shawn thanks for the info, I started to make the back up on my usb over an hour ago of the default backup. Its still not done and seems to be taking ages or stuck at the last section??? I don't see why as I said its a brand new unit haha
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17 Dec 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, USB connections can be slow iif it's USB 2.0.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and how it went.
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17 Dec 2012   #6

Winows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yeah, USB connections can be slow iif it's USB 2.0.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and how it went.
Its still stuck in the same place. Not moving has been going for about 2 hours odd now, guess i'll have to try again!
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18 Dec 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Besides the steps to Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 you can also bypass UEFI BIOS and install normally to an MBR HD if it becomes necessary.

This is detailed here: Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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18 Dec 2012   #8

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HTG Explains: How Windows 8′s Secure Boot Feature Works & What It Means for Linux - How-To Geek

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Installing Linux

There’s nothing stopping computers from also shipping with Ubuntu’s certificate. Linux distributions can also publish their own certificate and ask users to install it – or ask them to disable secure boot entirely. Fedora will be paying $99 for Microsoft’s signing services, so Fedora will install on any Windows 8-certified PC with no additional configuration required. Other Linux distributions could also take this route.

Quote:
Security Advantages

The traditional BIOS will boot any software. Normally, your BIOS boots the Windows boot loader or maybe a Linux boot loader, like GRUB. However, it’s possible for malware, such as a rootkit, to replace your boot loader. The rootkit could load your normal operating system with no indication that anything was wrong, staying completely invisible and undetectable on your system. The BIOS doesn’t know the different between malware and a trusted boot loader, so it allows either to boot.

Windows 8 PCs will ship with Microsoft’s certificate stored in UEFI (and possibly other certificates, depending on the manufacturer). UEFI will check the boot loader before launching it and ensure it’s signed by Microsoft – if a rootkit or another malware program does replace your boot loader, UEFI won’t allow it to boot. This prevents malware from hijacking your boot process and concealing itself from your operating system.

By seting your uEFI/BIOS firmware, to Secure Boot DISABLED, you can install
NOTE: Check your manufacturer's uEFI BIOS manual for settings.

Vista x64
Windows 7 x64
Linux x64
in uEFI mode.
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18 Dec 2012   #9

Winows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Yeah, USB connections can be slow iif it's USB 2.0.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and how it went.
I let it run all night and it was stuck in exactly the same bloody place all night, so I cant even get a back up done?
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18 Dec 2012   #10

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I would call & ask Packard Bell for Recovery Disks.
or

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
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