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Windows 7: tutorial for installing 7 with 8 installed?

19 Jan 2014   #11
gregrocker

 

Did you watch the video I linked above?


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19 Jan 2014   #12
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Yes, just finished. I understand it a little bit better now.
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19 Jan 2014   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is an easy alternative that you could consider. The video shows 8.1 on top of 7, but it can also work the other way around - no difference. And you don't have to fight with UEFI, secure boot and all that stuff.

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20 Jan 2014   #14
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Is Secure boot just a way to protect against rootkits?
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20 Jan 2014   #15
gregrocker

 

MS sent bulletins to IT Pros trying to scare them with the threat of BIOS infections (we never see here) if they didnt' migrate to Win8 Secure Boot.

Business ignored them and is moving from XP to Win7 in droves, even as MS has removed retail copies other than OEM for sale.

I consider it another layer of crapware which like UEFI does nothing to make consumers life easier, but everything to complicate them. Having a graphical BIOS is important to exactly whom? No one brags about start-up times with UEFI either. And we're still waiting to see the BIOS infections which sounds more like a marketing ploy.
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22 Jan 2014   #16
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I will not be dual booting anymore. I got my new laptop today (non-touch screen) and spent a half hour with Windows 8. It is terrible.

I'm going to make the backup/recovery discs and install 7.

Is it better to use DVD's or a USB thumb drive to make the backup/recovery on?
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22 Jan 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Is it better to use DVD's or a USB thumb drive to make the backup/recovery on
Matter of choice. DVDs are probably cheaper.
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22 Jan 2014   #18
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Making the recovery DVD's now.
Going to poke around in 8 a little more just to see where stuff is, like "My Computer".

Is 8 made for people the just use programs and never delve any deeper?
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22 Jan 2014   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

My Computer is very easy to find in the left pane of Explorer. 8.1 has the same facilities as 7 - they are just a bit differently organized. You can do most anything with 8.1 that you would do with 7 - just have to find your way around.

8.1 is an interesting system. What makes it a bit awkward is the dual UI for desktop and touch devices. A lot of things are duplicated - you can do it the old way or the new way. You have to know a few keyboard shortcuts like WIN+D to go to desktop from anywher or ALT+ F4 to get out of a full screen app. There is a list of shortcuts somewhere on the eightforums. Really handy.
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22 Jan 2014   #20
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I made the recovery or backup DVD's. It's kinda funny that Dell doesn't tell you to write anything on them.

It's also funny that when I go to the Dell support page it tells me that I have to use IE on the desktop.
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