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Windows 7: Windows 7 Clean Dual-Boot Installation is Stuck on "Starting Windows"

28 Apr 2014   #21
lct01a

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Usually when Secure Boot is disabled in Security tab it disappears or says Disabled. I've never seen it say Standard as it's status. What are the other choices?

Granted it says Secure Boot Disabled in Boot tab so I may be grasping at straws.
Secure Boot is in deed disabled. It's a weird quirk in my BIOS.

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Did you say there is no UEFI or BIOS firmware update?
Yes. According to Acer, I have the most recent BIOS.




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28 Apr 2014   #22
gregrocker

 

Did you read the Manual there under Documents?
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28 Apr 2014   #23
lct01a

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There is basically nothing about BIOS. This is the lone page about BIOS.


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28 Apr 2014   #24
lct01a

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I found a weird piece about dual-booting:


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28 Apr 2014   #25
gregrocker

 

That pretty much says that it requires Legacy Mode.

Some Legacy allows 8 to boot. You tested this?

I would ask at www.Eightforums.com where I get many of these questions answered when I deal with new PC's, to add 7 to a Dual Boot or wipe off the 8.
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28 Apr 2014   #26
lct01a

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The system simply says 'No Operating System Found' if I try to boot Windows 8.1 in Legacy. My Windows 8.1 install is securely strapped into UEFI. MS really made stuff difficult. Linux is even hard to dual boot. Looks like my only option left is:

1) <F2> -> Boot -> Secure Boot -> Disabled
2) Boot -> Boot Mode -> Legacy
3) <F12> -> DVD Drive > Press Any Key to Boot to DVD
4) Delete all Partitions on Computer except for recovery.
5) Install Windows 7.
6) Install Drivers.
7) Install Windows 8.
8) Install Drivers.
9) Install Windows 8.1.
10) Install Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Why did MS have to make it so hard? It's just so time consuming now. If there is nothing else I can do, I would like to know if I can flag this as solved.
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29 Apr 2014   #27
lct01a

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Well you could for now try installing Windows 7 in Legacy Mode and then change it when you go back to Windows 8, then later decide if you want to bother reinstalling 8 in Legacy. When I do this I end up never going back to 8 and eventually delete it.

Since you have Acer I'd follow the same steps as for a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which assure you'll get and keep a perfect install for as long as you do.
That seems like a good idea. If this takes 1 hour, like a regular install, I'm gonna go nuts. Making like 5 Windows 7 SP1 x64 DVDs and installing it like 20 times has driven me to the brink. In reality, I only like one feature in Windows 8 - Task Manager. It's much better than Win7's in my opinion, but everything else is just plain terrible. I'm gonna report back tomorrow morning. Thanks for the help!
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29 Apr 2014   #28
lct01a

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Apparently, I forgot one major fact - I have the GPT partition style.

It looks like I'm facing a wall again.
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29 Apr 2014   #29
gregrocker

 

Sorry, it's late and I should have caught that.

OK, it will need to have all partitions deleted during the booted install.
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29 Apr 2014   #30
lct01a

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Sorry, it's late and I should have caught that.

OK, it will need to have all partitions deleted during the booted install.
Yeah, I remember that. I had to do that on my desktop when I downgraded it to 7. It looks like there is no way to keep Win8 intact, is there? If not, I'm just gonna leave it alone. I don't want to deal with MS Support about activation issues with Office and Windows 8 again. It's just too much work.
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