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Windows 7: Any "gotchas" when backleveling from Win10 to Win7?

08 Sep 2016   #1
enxio27

Currently Win10 64-bit Home
 
 
Any "gotchas" when backleveling from Win10 to Win7?

I have a brand new HP ProBook 455 (A10-8700P CPU) that came with Win10. I would like to backlevel it to Win7 using a clean install (from DVD), including a repartition of the hard drive. (I've done clean installs before, including backleveling from Win8.1 to Win7, so this isn't my first rodeo.) As near as I can tell, the BIOS supports legacy boot, and the CPU supports Win7. I've already created recovery disks, just in case I screw something up.

Any other "gotchas" I need to be aware of? Any other prep I need to do before I take the plunge?


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09 Sep 2016   #2
Osprey

Windows 7/10
 
 

You must disable Secure Boot in UEFI firmware (BIOS), because Secure Boot is not compatible with Windows 7.

HP ProBook 455 G3, AMD A10-8700P http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/c04797413.pdf

"Windows 10 versions, Windows 8.1 versions, Windows 7 versions, or FreeDOS 2.0"
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09 Sep 2016   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Very well done. As you already have the Factory restore disks, you are ready to try to install Win 7.
You should install Win 7 64 on UEFI mode. Win 32 only boots under legacy mode.
As Osprey mentioned, you must disable Secure Boot in UEFI firmware (BIOS), because Secure Boot is not compatible with Windows 7. Some call it CSM (Compatible System Mode) that must then be set to enabled.
Boot your Win 7 installation media on UEFI mode, go advanced, clean all partitions, create new and proceed. It will create 3 partitions, UEFI-FAT32 , MS reserved -Raw and Win 7 NTFS.
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09 Sep 2016   #4
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

You will need manufacturer's drivers. Lucky for you there are some for 7. The listed drivers say home basic or home premium. It doesn't matter which you use as long as you select 64-bit for a 64-bit OS. Also your Windows 7 disk will have to be a retail one. It cannot be from a computer manufacturer. Only retail disks are transferable from one system to another. If you bought the disk from ebay or amazon be wary that it could be pirated and hence not likely activate or change it's status later on.
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09 Sep 2016   #5
enxio27

Currently Win10 64-bit Home
 
 

Thanks! I had the idea that Secure Boot and UEFI had to go hand-in-hand. It appears from the previous responses that this is not the case. What are the advantages of GPT/UEFI over MBR? Will keeping the UEFI mess me up if/when I decide to add a dual-boot to Linux (Mint)?
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09 Sep 2016   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

On Legacy / MBR you have only one master boot loader and from there it takes to the other.
On an UEFI you may have many boot loaders, one for each OS. You choose witch OS to boot from by pressing F12 during POST. It's like having multi disks in one disk.
I have a desktop with Win 7 and Lubuntu on a 128G SSD. My data files are on an large HDD. During POST I choose witch OS I want to boot and I can access my data files on the HDD. It works very well.
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09 Sep 2016   #7
enxio27

Currently Win10 64-bit Home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
I have a desktop with Win 7 and Lubuntu on a 128G SSD.
Does Linux play nice with UEFI? (I'm wondering specifically about Mint.)
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09 Sep 2016   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Lubuntu does.
I found this article Linux Mint 17: Hands-on with UEFI Secure Boot | ZDNet.
It says it is even compatible with Secure boot (But win 7 isn't).
This article says it is not compatible with Secure boot https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_rafaela_cinnamon.php
Both says it's compatible with UEFI.
So if you disable Secure boot, enable CSM with UEFI, both Win7 64 and Linux Mint will be able to install under UEFI.
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10 Sep 2016   #9
enxio27

Currently Win10 64-bit Home
 
 

Thanks, Megahertz07. I'll take a look at those.
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10 Sep 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
It's a heck of a lot easier to test using a totally different hard drive or ssd with installing win-7 or especially linux
If it doesn't work just install the original hdd back in it = done.

Back up disks often fail.
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