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Windows 7: Windows 8 to 7 downgrade problem HDD password frozen, won't boot.

24 Jan 2014   #1

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Windows 8 to 7 downgrade problem HDD password frozen, won't boot.

Hi all, Hoping someone may be able to help.

I have attempted a fresh install of Windows 7 on a Packard Bell Easynote TE11HC notebook, I turned off UEFI in the BIOS and booted from my Windows 7 disk, I deleted all partitions and then allowed Windows 7 to create a partition and install as I usually do when I build new systems or install onto a fresh HDD/SSD in a laptop.

Windows 7 installed all of the way to preparing desktop and then restarted, at this point the laptop goes displays the Packard Bell logo and then reboots and remains stuck in this loop. If I enter the BIOS the HDD password displays Frozen. I can clear this by removing the battery but it goes back to frozen when I try to boot to Windows 7. I have removed the HDD and installed Windows 7 onto it via my desktop PC and it works fine so I do not think the problem lies with the HDD. Does anyone have any idea how I can remedy this and get Windows 7 booting properly?


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24 Jan 2014   #2

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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.


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
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 Windows 8 to 7 downgrade problem HDD password frozen, won't boot.

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