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Windows 7: Ordered new laptop with Win 8 but plan to install Win 7 - partitions?


13 Jan 2013   #61
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Have you had the storage HD unplugged during your install attempts? If not try that now.

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13 Jan 2013   #62

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There has been no storage drive plugged in other than the USB with only the Windows 7 boot data - I meant my father has an external HDD and perhaps tomorrow I could borrow it from him providing that creating a system image doesn't require that HDD to be wiped of existing data.
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13 Jan 2013   #63

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How to make Acer Recovery disks.
Using Acer Recovery Management to Restore Windows 8
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13 Jan 2013   #64

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I have a recovery USB and a recover disk (the ones where they recommend 256MB for the DVD/CD and at least 16GB for the USB flash drive - if I restore Windows 8 back to factory after backing up files and THEN try to install Windows 7 in UEFI may it work?
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13 Jan 2013   #65

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Recovery using CDs or DVDs

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1.Make a backup of personal data, as the recovery process will erase all your files, such as email and photos.
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3.Power on your computer. When the first logo screen shows, press repeatedly the F12 key to enter the Boot menu.
4.Use the arrow keys to select your optical drive.
5.Insert the disc labelled System CD in the optical drive and press ENTER, The system will load from the Acer Recovery Media.
6.After the system recovery program has loaded follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system.
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13 Jan 2013   #66
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Yes you can back up an image to external HD. You should also make your Recovery disks if you want the 8 Factory install.

You are choosing to reinstall Win8 so that you can Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7, correct? Therefore the 8 image won't work on an MBR disk required to bypass EFI. It would be saved in case you want to go back to EFI on GPT HD.

Before you proceed I'd be sure I've tried everything possible to succeed at Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 in EFI mode so that 8 can remain onboard and just install Seven to a Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 - Windows 8 Forums
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15 Jan 2013   #67

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This weekend has been quite busy for me - I'm going to attempt this evening - yes I want to keep both Win 8 and install Win 7 and hopefully somehow I can get Win 7 on the existing GPT disk on the partition I made for Win 7.
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15 Jan 2013   #68

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Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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16 Jan 2013   #69

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The Windows 7 partition is of course, empty
The recovery partition has been deleted in Disk Part after it was recommended in one of the tutorials linked to me here.
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16 Jan 2013   #70
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Which tutorial here recommended you delete the Recovery partition? Did you make your disks first?
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