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

16 Jan 2013   #71
jayrap

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When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

Warning
Before making the partition for Windows 7, delete the OEM Recovery partition at the end of HDD drive.
If you shink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition will be converted to Dynamic partitions.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

I honestly can't remember if I made the recovery USB before or after deleting the OEM recovery partition.

Also, I haven't backed up my entire drive yet - been too busy lately to do anything on this but I have a few days again.


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16 Jan 2013   #72
jayrap

Windows 7 Home-Premium 64bit
 
 

Uploading a video to YouTube - hope it helps in finding the answer!
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16 Jan 2013   #73
jayrap

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YouTube video uploaded:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=a34ustlp-qk
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16 Jan 2013   #74
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog
3) Reset BIOS to default, and reboot to BIOS make sure Secure Boot is disabled.
NOTE: Check your manufacturer's uEFI BIOS manual for settings.

Boot the Windows 7 DVD in uEFI mode.

Ordered new laptop with Win 8 but plan to install Win 7 - partitions?-windows-8-downgrade-006-sb-posting.png


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16 Jan 2013   #75
gregrocker

 

Ray he is trying to install with flash stick in his video. It's possible he's gotten something wrong in the extra steps creating the flash stick.

Jay what happens when you try to run the Win7 installer from Win8? You won't be able to format partiitons but it may see and allow you to install to your target partition. Worth a try.

If you can't get the help you need here I would take this to www.EightForums.com where surely they know this stuff by now. [NVM I've just been there and seen the same.]
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16 Jan 2013   #76
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
Ray he is trying to install with flash stick, not DVD. Did you watch his video? It's possible he's gotten something wrong in the extra steps creating the flash stick.
uEFI/BIOS firmware is not set to boot uEFI CD/DVD.
Will not boot Windows 8 Startup Repair CD.

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If you can't get the help you need here I would take this to www.EightForums.com where surely they know this stuff by now.
Need more help with Win 8 & 7 dual-boot (UEFI, GPT)


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Jay what happens when you try to run the Windows 7 installer from Win8? You won't be able to format partiitons but it may see and allow you to install to your target partition. Worth a try.
Will not boot in uEFI.
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16 Jan 2013   #77
gregrocker

 

So this is why you're suggesting return to defaults then disable Secure Boot. If he would show all of the BIOS menus would you be able to spot the setting needed? He could go back to get sub-menus.

His Eight is running in UEFI, are you saying it won't boot without Secure Boot? Because that would kill the idea to run (not boot) the 7 installer from Win8.

I just spent an hour in EF Install forum and it seems there no further along than us on this stuff. I'd hoped they had gotten there already. Guess we will get there together.
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16 Jan 2013   #78
jayrap

Windows 7 Home-Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
So this is why you're suggesting return to defaults then disable Secure Boot. If he would show all of the BIOS menus would you be able to spot the setting needed? He could go back to get sub-menus.

His Eight is running in UEFI, are you saying it won't boot without Secure Boot? Because that would kill the idea to run (not boot) the 7 installer from Win8.

I just spent an hour in EF Install forum and it seems there no further along than us on this stuff. I'd hoped they had gotten there already. Guess we will get there together.
Windows 8 starts up with Secure Boot disabled but not with UEFI disabled so UEFI is enabled.

Currently, thanks to all my turning off and on again when I just miss the tiny windows of opportunity to hit F2 or F12 and Windows 8 starts to boot up: Acer UEFI thingy is now attempting repairs for Windows 8... great... just great... that's all I need - it's been doing so a while now! I am so effing frustrated right now!
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16 Jan 2013   #79
jayrap

Windows 7 Home-Premium 64bit
 
 

can't do the repairs and keeps running into problems and restarting
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16 Jan 2013   #80
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

All about step three, Greg.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog
3) Reset BIOS to default, and reboot to BIOS make sure Secure Boot is disabled.
NOTE: Check your manufacturer's uEFI BIOS manual for settings.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
The problem with all this - is that it is a bit challenging for the average Joe.

Many people don't even know disk management exists, or powershell ( my dad for example - he has been using a pc several hours a day for over 20 years ). They would be apprehensive about doing anything in Bios setup.

These are the kind of things that act as barriers.

People will just put up with what they been have given - too difficult and (they think ), too risky to do anything about it.
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