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

27 May 2013   #211
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

Which iso do you recommend? I have the product key for windows 7 professional 64 bit, but there are two different versions on includes an N and the other doesn't.




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27 May 2013   #212
gregrocker

 

You want Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 U (media refresh) X17-59186.iso up at the top of your screenshot.
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27 May 2013   #213
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

My drive only supports 8x 12x 16x write speed so its on 8x.
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27 May 2013   #214
gregrocker

 

Use Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool or ImgBurn at lowest support speed.

Confirm the download completed.
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27 May 2013   #215
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

Same result froze at the loading screen.
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27 May 2013   #216
gregrocker

 

At some point I would save a backup image of the complete HD, my Win8 Recovery disks, and then using Diskpart Clean Command wipe the HD to Clean Install Windows 7 to a partition made during Step 7, followed by Clean Install - Windows 8 to a partition I made with its booted installer. This should configure a Dual Boot.

It's up to you if you want to install using UEFI after weighing UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube . Wiping the HD will set it up for either type install.

It will likely save time because we have a number of these stall cases now with Win7 Dual Boot on 8 machines, and unfortunately what works the best for intractable install problems has always been clearing the boot sector with Diskpart Clean Command.
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27 May 2013   #217
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

Ok so if I wipe the harddrive and install windows 7 and then I install windows 8 am I going to loose UEFI or anything else. Also will windows 8 recognized my product key in the bios or how will that work? Do I just download an iso of windows 8 and burn it to a dvd-r?
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27 May 2013   #218
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

Also is there a way to get a discount on windows 7 if you have windows 8? If im going to wipe the drive I should hace a full version of windows 7, my product key is only 24 months.
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27 May 2013   #219
gregrocker

 

Use the Win7 Product Key you have after you test drive the Dual Boot to see that's where you want it - a retail key can be installed anywhere you want.

Ask in Clean Install - Windows 8 tutorial comments if any questions about Win8 are not answered there.

You should only disable Secure boot unless you also decide you don't want to install in UEFI, in which case you'd enable LEgacy BIOS or CSM. You might want to try Win7 install in UEFI after wiping the HD to see if it works. But its up to you, so watch the video to make an informed decision which.
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27 May 2013   #220
StrykerChaos

windows 8 x64
 
 

I created a image of my harddrive. So I should be able to reimage the hard drive after a delete everything correct?
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