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Windows 7: Complex issue installing Win7

03 Oct 2014   #1
ivanws

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Complex issue installing Win7

Hi. I recently bought Notebook Acer ES1-511 wich comes with preinstaled Windows8.1 on GPT Hard Drive. I further solidified my opinion that it's a piece of shit so I want only Win7 x64 on that notebook. I never though i will loose 10+ hours with no result. I tried legacy bios, uefi bios (w and w/o secure boot) settings, BIOS update, regular bootable Win7 USB, Uefi bootable Win7 USB (build with rufas). I just cant force Win 7 to install on GPT partition or even in some cases - properly load it's system files to get even to setup screen. After all this I think that the only way is to replace the hdd with clean one (and lose warranty) or wipe out HDD, reorganize HDD as MBR and boot as legacy bios. YES it might work, BUT ACER DOESN'T provide drivers for Win7 for this notebook. So if I end up With wiped HDD, none working Win7 and void warranty I'll be very upset. I think I've collected drivers for most of the devices in the notebook, for Win7, from here and there, but not sure if they will work.
Has any one have an idea how to install Win 7 on current HDD setup so I can test drivers and on success I will then erase HDD and make it MBR like. I though installing it on external HDD but find out tutorials only for under-windows installations. I red tons of articles but found no solution. The bad news is that the notebook is quite new model and almost nothing comes out in google


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03 Oct 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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03 Oct 2014   #3
ivanws

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes but that involves
"A) Delete all partitions. (in Drive Options)
B) Remake partitions. (in Drive Options)"

And what if the drivers don't apply to WIN7, I'll end up pretty screwed up. I want to install win 7 on a different partition without harming win8 and the additional Recovery, EFI and OEM partitions.
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03 Oct 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Create an active, primary NTFS partition and install into that.
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03 Oct 2014   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Create an active, primary NTFS partition and install into that.
Can only be done on a MBR HD drive set up.
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03 Oct 2014   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

On some Acer, Gateway, P. Bell, Windows 7 x64 will not install in UEFI mode.

Windows 8 Desktops - How to Disable Secure Boot - YouTube



Enabling the boot device menu

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Acer
On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.

SOLUTION

Enabling the F12 function:

1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.

How to Enable or Disable Secure Boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Acer
This article only applies to: Windows 8 Desktops

Bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 8. You can change the Secure Boot setting and it should recognize the bootable device.

Use the following steps to change Secure Boot:

1.Completely shut down your computer.
2.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press Delete to enter the BIOS.
3.Use the right arrow key to select Authentication.
4.With Secure Boot highlighted, press Enter and then the down arrow to select Disabled.
5.Use the right arrow key to select Boot Options.
6.With Launch CSM highlighted, press Enter and use the down arrow to select Always.
7.Press Enter.
8.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system

ACER Related Videos.

Windows 8 - Access to Uefi Firmware Settings - Option - YouTube
Iconia W700 - How to Enter the BIOS - YouTube
Windows 8 Desktops - How to Disable Secure Boot - YouTube
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03 Oct 2014   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivanws
I want to install win 7 on a different partition without harming win8 and the additional Recovery, EFI and OEM partitions.
You could try Windows 10.

Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8
Solved Delete Windows 10 Dual boot.
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03 Oct 2014   #8
ivanws

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Create an active, primary NTFS partition and install into that.
Can only be done on a MBR HD drive set up.
Thanks. I was just building enough confidence to say that to a senior user.

Seams like my only option is to go all in and wipe the HDD clean, make it MBR and hope drivers will coop. I'm beginning to feel hopeless. Call me old-fashioned but i just can't stand looking at WIN8.
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03 Oct 2014   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try Windows 10.
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03 Oct 2014   #10
ivanws

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a Dual Core Celeron 2,16Ghz with 4GB RAM. I want Win7 also because it consumes much less resources. Isn't Win10 gonna be a big spoon for this hardware. And once again Acer provides drivers ONLY for Windows 8.1 x64
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