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Windows 7: Install win 7 on GPT partition WITHOUT formatting all data

07 Aug 2013   #1
DARK MAGICIAN

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Install win 7 on GPT partition WITHOUT formatting all data

please i need help i have bought a new laptop samsung 350v5c-s0b with pre-installed windows 8 , and then i get bored of BSOD and i intended to change to win 7 , while installation i formated C to install fresh copy of windows 7 but it refused to install it and says "windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."?? now i dont have any os on my lap and i want to install win 7 without formatting the data on the HDD ... can anyone help me how i could install win 7 on GPT partition?


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07 Aug 2013   #2
theog

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1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
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07 Aug 2013   #3
DARK MAGICIAN

hope to get win 7 :)
 
 

i formatted C before installing win 7 ... i dont have OS now ..all i need is getting my data out of HDD first on portable Hard
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07 Aug 2013   #4
theog

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If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
than copy & paste your data to new HD.
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07 Aug 2013   #5
gregrocker
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Let us know how it goes. Another method to copy out your data from the HD is by booting Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition Free Download.

Once you've done that delete all partitions during install as shown in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with.

Make sure you've also disabled Secure Boot in BIOS setup.

If you have problems with UEFI install then you can consider Bypassing UEFI to Install WIn7
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08 Aug 2013   #6
DARK MAGICIAN

hope to get win 7 :)
 
 

When i tried to copy & paste data through repair screen it says when i click on repair "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows."
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08 Aug 2013   #7
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Let us know how it goes. Another method to copy out your data from the HD is by booting Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition Free Download.
Try using the Paragon CD above.
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