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Windows 7: Is it possible to install Windows 7 on a Windows 8 computer?

23 May 2013   #141
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

Boom same thing different flashdrive then I hit enter to continue and I get the next screen. If I then hit enter I get the third screen. If I hit esc I get the fourth screen. Pictures are in order of explanation.




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23 May 2013   #142
kroeger111

Win8x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
Shrink the C drive and then format it to gpt as well and then install win7 on it.
You can not format to GPT.
He already shrunk it and made a new partition.He just needs to format that new partion with GPT and install win7 onto it.Thus making it a dual boot system.
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23 May 2013   #143
kroeger111

Win8x64
 
 

If you install Win7 on the new partition using GPT but with legacy boot I think you will still retain UEFI support for win 8.Since you are not installting both win 7 and win8 on the same partition right?

What do the mods think?
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23 May 2013   #144
gregrocker

 

No because a GPT disk cannot boot without UEFI, it requires an MBR disk to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 normally.

On some mobos at least you can install a second HD, set CSM to Dual mode and install to MBR disk normally.

I would probably take this to www.Eightforums.com where they have more experience with UEFI since we still deal mostly in MBR installs here. It's there where I got my flash stick sorted out for a UEFI Dual Boot recently.

However we will stick with you until it's installed one way or another. By now most users who are facing UEFI issues decided to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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23 May 2013   #145
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

I just want this to work so I can actually use the laptop. I have spent more time tring to figure this out then I have actually using the computer. It has to be something small im missing, I could upload a video of the entire process to YouTube, other then that I don't know what to do.
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23 May 2013   #146
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StrykerChaos View Post
Then I set the boot device priority and then save changes and reset
Windows Boot Manager is always first boot Option.

Use Boot Override or the One Time Boot Menu.

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23 May 2013   #147
kroeger111

Win8x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
No because a GPT disk cannot boot without UEFI, it requires an MBR disk to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 normally.

On some mobos at least you can install a second HD, set CSM to Dual mode and install to MBR disk normally.

I would probably take this to www.Eightforums.com where they have more experience with UEFI since we still deal mostly in MBR installs here. It's there where I got my flash stick sorted out for a UEFI Dual Boot recently.

However we will stick with you until it's installed one way or another. By now most users who are facing UEFI issues decided to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7

Maybe theog can help us out with this.He is on both forums.
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23 May 2013   #148
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
Shrink the C drive and then format it to gpt as well and then install win7 on it.
You can not format to GPT.
He already shrunk it and made a new partition.He just needs to format that new partion with GPT and install win7 onto it.Thus making it a dual boot system.
And the partition is formatted to NTFS. Which is right.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
If you install Win7 on the new partition using GPT but with legacy boot I think you will still retain UEFI support for win 8.Since you are not installting both win 7 and win8 on the same partition right?

What do the mods think?
You would need two HDD's.

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23 May 2013   #149
kroeger111

Win8x64
 
 

What if its just one drive but different partitions?
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23 May 2013   #150
kroeger111

Win8x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StrykerChaos View Post
I just want this to work so I can actually use the laptop. I have spent more time tring to figure this out then I have actually using the computer. It has to be something small im missing, I could upload a video of the entire process to YouTube, other then that I don't know what to do.
Are you sure you are using Copy and not Cut in step 11?
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