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24 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Problems Installing Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hello, everyone. This is my first post as well as my first question on this forum.

I bought an ASUS N56VZ a month ago, pre-installed with Windows 8 Single Language x64 which I do not like. I have been trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 every since the first day I bought this notebook, I have done everything I could, but everything has failed. Now, I have come up with a plan, and I am going to post it here, along with my problems, and see if my plan will work.

My problem now is that I have a 1TB WD hard disk (GPT partition style) with 5 partitions and 222.51GB of unallocated volume. These are the partitions:
1. 300MB EFI System Partition
2. 600MB Recovery Partition
3. 150GB partition (Windows 8)
4. 537.9GB of storage space
5. 20GB Recovery Partition
(Ignore MULTIBOOT, that is my USB, which I plan to use as a bootable WIndows 8 Installer in case anything goes wrong. However, the setup has the same problem as Windows 7 setup, cannot be installed on GPT style partition, and this renders my USB useless)
Windows 7 setup cannot pass through the partition selection screen because it says that Windows 7 cannot be installed on GPT partition.
I cannot remember the other problems I have because there are just so many (I have solved some of them, some are just impossible).

My plan is:
I will enter the Windows 7 setup during bootup, press Shift+F10 to open up the command prompt, run DISKPART-->LIST DISK-->SELECT DISK 0 (my only HDD)-->CLEAN-->CONVERT MBR-->CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=153600-->SELECT PARTITION 1-->FORMAT FS=NTFS-->ACTIVE-->ASSIGN--.EXIT
...and continue with the setup.

What do you guys think? Can I delete the EFI System Partition and the 2 Recovery Partitions? What are the consequences, especially EFI system partition? I need your opinions on this, as well as suggestions for alternate ways. And please, do not tell me to continue with Windows 8. Much appreciated!



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24 Jan 2013   #2

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1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

2) Using a USB Pendrive on a PC with a uEFI BIOS.
USB Pendrive need to be formated to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
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24 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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24 Jan 2013   #4

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Quote:
But my copy of Windows 7 cannot be installed on a GPT style partition.
Where do you buy your Windows 7 x64 DVD from?

You need to use a GPT setup.

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
or
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI and Windows
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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24 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote:
But my copy of Windows 7 cannot be installed on a GPT style partition.
Where do you buy your Windows 7 x64 DVD from?

You need to use a GPT setup.

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
or
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI and Windows
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Still does not work. It says that the CD/DVD drive driver cannot be found. Another question, has it been confirmed that Windows 7 can definitely be installed on an MBR partition?
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24 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Windows 7 can be installed on an MBR or GPT partition. If you're folllowing the steps to install in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums then you'll need a GPT formatted HD, so you wouldn't use the Convert MBR command after you Clean the HD. You would leave it GPT format and boot into the UEFI DVD to install following the steps given.

If you'd prefer to install normally to an MBR disk, then follow these steps:

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of marking it Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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24 Jan 2013   #7

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Are you booting the DVD in uEFI Mode?

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24 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Are you booting the DVD in uEFI Mode?

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I have tried booting in both uEFI and non-uEFI mode. Both of them told me that the CD/DVD device driver could not be found or something. And I actually booted from USB. If I booted from DVD, the setup would tell me that the HDD partition in is GPT style, so setup could not be continued.
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24 Jan 2013   #9

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If using a USB 3.0 port, you will also need to slipstream in the USB 3.0 drivers in to the ISO, using the APP in this tutorial:
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
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24 Jan 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anonymous2889 View Post

I have tried booting in both uEFI and non-uEFI mode. Both of them told me that the CD/DVD device driver could not be found or something. And I actually booted from USB. If I booted from DVD, the setup would tell me that the HDD partition in is GPT style, so setup could not be continued.
I gave you the steps above to correct this when installing in non-UEFI (BIOS) mode. Have you run them yet?

The error with the flash stick means the installer is bad. Write to stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive or use the DVD which wants to install to an MBR disk which I gave you steps for..
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