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Windows 7: Installing Win 7 on Win 8 System

18 Dec 2012   #1
gjbnh

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Installing Win 7 on Win 8 System

I've read thru the threads that tell how to install Win 8 on a Win 7 system, but I have a new HP that came with Win 8 on it I need to downgrade (Win 8 SUCKS) a bit so it can dual boot. There seems to be NO way to do this apart from creating an image of the Win 8 system, then installing Win 7 (after dancing with the secureboot settings); is this correct? ( Losing 2 days doing this nonsense!!!!) Also, my 2 Win 7 disks hang during boot (have checked them both for integrity, both good); (System is a HP Parviloin g6, which has drivers for Win 7 on the Website, so I assume it can/does run Win 7). HELP please


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18 Dec 2012   #2
gregrocker

 

As it's Secure Boot with EFI, you'll need to follow these steps to maintain EFI: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

If that still won't cooperate then you can Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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18 Dec 2012   #3
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

information   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03502680.pdf


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HP/Compaq

Creating HP Recovery media

HP Recovery Manager is a software program that offers a way to create recovery media after you
successfully set up the computer. HP Recovery media can be used to perform system recovery if the
hard drive becomes corrupted. System recovery reinstalls the original operating system and the
software programs installed at the factory, and then configures the settings for the programs. HP
Recovery media can also be used to customize the system or aid in the replacement of a hard drive.
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20 Dec 2012   #4
gjbnh

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, many thanks for the input guys, some good info; BUT when I adjust system to boot from DVD Drive, the Windows 7 disk ( Now 3 of them) starts the boot process, then FREEZES. Have tried a DVD install and a USB key one; the machine refuses to boot from the key (probably a setting I missed (yes it is first in the boot order ) No error output, so I'm at a loss. More Help Please
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20 Dec 2012   #5
theog

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21 Dec 2012   #6
gjbnh

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, did this, and Windows says not a recognized as internal or external command, operable program or batch file:
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21 Dec 2012   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

1) Open an elevated Power Shell in Windows 8.

2) Type confirm-SecureBootUEFI
Windows PowerShell - Open Elevated in Windows 8

Installing Win 7 on Win 8 System-windows-8-downgrade-001-sb.png


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22 Dec 2012   #8
gjbnh

Windows 7
 
 

Again, this is what I did, and it returned the not recognized internal, external command...yada yada......
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22 Dec 2012   #9
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gjbnh View Post
Again, this is what I did, and it returned the not recognized internal, external command...yada yada......
Windows PowerShell - Open Elevated in Windows 8
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23 Dec 2012   #10
gjbnh

Windows 7
 
 

AS I said, doing this. Windows PowerShell - Open Elevated in Windows 8, results in the CMD prompt telling me it is NOT a recognized command! It was run as administrator both ways
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