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Windows 7: Clean O/S install from external SSD

06 Apr 2016   #1
charlee

64 bit Windows 10
 
 
Clean O/S install from external SSD

I just bought a new PC that has Windows 10 on it. I want to downgrade to Windows 7 from my external SSD. How do I make it bootable for this? Or, if there's another way, suggestions would be appreciated!


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08 Apr 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Was this ssd with win-7 on it coming from another computer ?
If so did it come preinstalled on this other machine using another manufactures oem activation key ?

If so it is locked to the original machine and can't be moved to another machine you'd have to buy another oem/ system builders to legally use it again

If it was a retail win-7 on the ssd you could move it to another machine
Just clean install it afterwards just copy and paste your personal files from the ssd to the new install

You can use Chrome to get a new iso file for win-7 if you don't have the dvd anymore
Download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISO Images from Microsoft - gHacks Tech News
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08 Apr 2016   #3
charlee

64 bit Windows 10
 
 
Clean O/S install from external SSD

What I have on the external SSD are the files from the original DVD I purchased of Windows 7. I have the product key. The PC does not have an internal DVD drive. I tried using the DVD from an external DVD player and it got so far loading the OS then it stops saying it can't find the files it was already using. That's why I formatted my external and copied the contents of the DVD to it. I can't seem to get anything to work. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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08 Apr 2016   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi
Use the ghacks link to download a new iso and put it on a flash drive

Then use option 2 here
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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08 Apr 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you download the iso file you needed ?

If not, what do you need I`ll post the link.
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09 Apr 2016   #6
charlee

64 bit Windows 10
 
 

I followed the directions TrashZone provided me. I went to Microsoft Tech Bench with Firefox and hit the Ctrl-Shift-K to open the console. I then went to Pastebin and copied the code there. Then I pasted it into the console at Microsoft Tech Bench. I then tried to select edition version and all that is listed is Windows 10. I want Windows 7 Pro. I have the dvd for Windows 7 Pro. Can I make that into an ISO image? Or is there an easier way to download Windows 7 Pro ISO? Thank you all for your help.
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10 Apr 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The instruction were for Chrome not Firefox users
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10 Apr 2016   #8
jhonnycss

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

What Windows do you want ?

You can download Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64 bit from Download Windows 7 Free Full Version
The ISO is already bootable but remember to change those settings in BIOS regarding booting from usb man. I hope you have an activation code also.
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10 Apr 2016   #9
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhonnycss View Post
What Windows do you want ?

You can download Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64 bit from Download Windows 7 Free Full Version
The ISO is already bootable but remember to change those settings in BIOS regarding booting from usb man. I hope you have an activation code also.
I've found it's not a good idea to change the boot order to USB first - when windows restarts during the install process, it often boots from the USB again and starts over with the install. If you're quick, you can pull the usb at the 1st restart, but it's a lot easier to leave the BIOS boot order 'as is' and just select the USB from the one-time boot menu when the machine is powered up initially.

Also saves having to put the BIOS back to normal after the install.
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10 Apr 2016   #10
jhonnycss

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wasnotwas View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhonnycss View Post
What Windows do you want ?

You can download Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64 bit from Download Windows 7 Free Full Version
The ISO is already bootable but remember to change those settings in BIOS regarding booting from usb man. I hope you have an activation code also.
I've found it's not a good idea to change the boot order to USB first - when windows restarts during the install process, it often boots from the USB again and starts over with the install. If you're quick, you can pull the usb at the 1st restart, but it's a lot easier to leave the BIOS boot order 'as is' and just select the USB from the one-time boot menu when the machine is powered up initially.

Also saves having to put the BIOS back to normal after the install.
I do that sometimes, but my problem is that i'm stubborn and i always go with my old method.
I think he also should go with Legacy Mode.
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