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Windows 7: How do I format Windows 8 and install Windows 7?

18 Jan 2013   #11
Apolymoxic

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Is this a new PC with Windows 8 Preinstalled?

What is the make & model of the PC?
Why, yes. Yes it is.
Toshiba Satellite C855D

It does appear that LittleJay was onto something... I tried the other disc and it did indeed attempt to boot from CD. There was an issue at first because of secureboot, so I disabled it and the disc ran. But now there is a new issue... it loads the files, then goes to "Starting Windows" and just hangs. I thought maybe I was being impatient, so I let it sit all night. It's still there at the screen.

I'll try to follow the instructions that gregrocker provided. I'll keep you guys posted.

Thank you for the help.


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18 Jan 2013   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Where did you get the disc you`re using to install 7 from ?
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18 Jan 2013   #13
Apolymoxic

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Microsoft. They are the actual windows 7 discs (32 and 64 bit home premium)
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18 Jan 2013   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is this a Windows 8 preinstalled PC you bought? If so you need to follow Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.
Do you read the tutorial gergrocker linked you to?
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18 Jan 2013   #15
Apolymoxic

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I'm doing that now... but I have class in a bit, so I might not get it finished. I will finish it up tonight if it takes that long.
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18 Jan 2013   #16
Apolymoxic

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

That tutorial didn't help. I go to the one time boot loader and select DVD, but it still doesn't load the disc. I guess it's just a bad disc. And when I try to load up the other disc, it hangs on the "Starting Windows" screen.
Should I just call microsoft and see about getting another copy of the disc? Or maybe I can download it and use my old product key? I have only used that product key once before...
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18 Jan 2013   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You to do step 3 first.


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.

How to enable CSM for a Toshiba.(Satellite Pro C870, Satellite Pro L830, Satellite Pro C850, Satellite Pro R950, Portege R930, Portege Z930)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Toshiba
To downgrade from a installed Windows 8 OS to a Windows 7 OS, using a Windows 7 recovery media, follow these steps:

1) Boot unit and press F2 to get into BIOS

2) Go to "Security" tab and disable "Safe Boot"

3) Go to "Advanced" tab, select "System Configuration" then change boot mode from "UEFI" to "CSM"

4) Press F10 to save changes and exit.

5) Boot unit from recovery media (Press F12 on bootup to boot from USB or DVD media)

6) At the first screen prompt during recovery, double click on the top left hand corner to open a command prompt

Steps to Install Windows 7 on a Windows 8 Unit
Necessary changes in the UEFI Firmware (BIOS) for a successful downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7
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18 Jan 2013   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

This will help you to get a proper, working W7 install disc.
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18 Jan 2013   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

This will help you to get a proper, working W7 install disc.
OP has a good working disc.
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18 Jan 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

This is the second thread in a week where CSM is the choice in BIOS instead of Legacy BIOS.
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