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28 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How do I create windows 7 boot drive in windows 8

Hi,

I have just bought a new laptop for my wife and it has windows 8 on it. It has no optical drive and she would prefer to use windows 7.

I have a windows 7 dvd but this isn't much use for me here! So far, I have got an extracted windows 7 .iso file on the desktop but not sure what to do with this next.

I am aware I can't just drag the .iso file onto the flash drive and then boot the laptop from usb, there seems to be more to it than that. It would probably just ignore it and not boot from it.

What I have here is a Windows 8 laptop and one with Ubuntu on it with which to work with. This new one will be arriving within the next few days.

Any help is very much appreciated, thanks.

Sam.


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28 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Use this to put the iso on a flash drive, but how are you gonna activate it. It would be better to downgrade to windows 7. I will try to dig up the tutorial.

http://www.wintobootic.com/

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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28 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, good point, downgrading could be easier if windows 8 is already on it

Sam.
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28 Jan 2013   #4

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can install Windows 7 x64 in dual boot first or second.

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware settings set at Step Three.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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28 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the links

I will give it a shot but hoping she'll just get on with windows 8, be a lot easier

Sam.
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28 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Thank you for digging up the Tut, theog, my pc would blowup if I tried to go to the windows 8 site.
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28 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

After being a very keen user since Windows 95, I hate to say but it took a special kind of stupid to come up with this disjointed thing they call Windows 8. To me personally, for a desktop, it's totally unproductive, every action requires an extra press or click of something. Probably great on a tablet, but I'll never know!

Sam.
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28 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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28 Jan 2013   #9
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You will need to follow this tutorial to create a UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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