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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 from a USB device to HDD.

08 Aug 2014   #31

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

I use the Delete key to get into the BIOS and the only boot options offered are HD, DVD, or Floppy.

I'd like to know why on earth it worked the first time but not since then.

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08 Aug 2014   #32

Windows 10 Pro X64

The flash drive has to be inserted for it to show in BIOS or the Boot Menu.
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08 Aug 2014   #33

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

It hasn't been unplugged from the USB port.

It is listed in another part of the BIOS under 'Hard Drives' but not under boot priority. I tried changing the order under 'Hard Drives' to put it first, then it replaced my hard drive under 'Boot Priority.' But now my hard drive is no longer available to the computer. Just out of curiosity I tried to let it boot but only got a black screen with a flashing curser.

I originally found out about using Rufus and a USB stick through another site and followed all their instructions (which made it work the first time). I can't seem to find that site in Google anymore so maybe I'm missing a step somewhere.

Can someone walk me through setting up Rufus again? I don't quite remember all the options settings so maybe that's the problem.
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09 Aug 2014   #34


If you have a BIOS that interprets the flash stick as a hard drive, try expanding the HD choice in BIOS one-time BOot menu. There may be a way to do this you're missing.

If you change the Primary HD to flash stick, this should not disable the HD, only set it as secondary requiring you to unplug the flash stick at first reboot, possibly go back in to set HD as Primary.

This is the way its always worked before in that configuration.

YOu should be following Option One in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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11 Aug 2014   #35

Windows 8 64-bit

After 3 weeks, I finally had a successful install of Windows 7 using the GPT / UEFI method.

In the end, I think I was the USB that was port that was causing me issues. Along the way, I cause myself many more issues, but it was a learning process and I'm a little smarter now (I think).

Thank you, especially gregrocker, for the help.
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11 Aug 2014   #36


Can you recall exactly what change(s)you made that caused install to succeed, to help others?
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11 Aug 2014   #37


Good news!

Can you recall exactly what change(s) you made that caused install to succeed, to help others?
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11 Aug 2014   #38

Windows 8 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Can you recall exactly what change(s)you made that caused install to succeed, to help others?
I created the USB bootable device on a Sans Cruser USB Flash Drive. I could not get it to work using option 2 in the "How to Install Windows 7 Using the "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface" (UEFI)" article, which I thought was more straight forward because I could see what what going on. However, I might not have had other settings quite right.

When I used option #1 (Rufus) on the Sans Cruser USB Drive I would boot and get to the "Starting Windows" screen with the Windows Icon Logo and it would hang. I let it run for hours just to be sure it wasn't doing anything. I googled this issue and found that it is a semi-common occurrence and usually points to a USB driver issue.

So I tried a different flash drive, which I had done before, using the Rufus method, and it hung at the same "Starting Windows" screen. Per a link I found on I saw that somebody had to change a setting for USB Legacy mode in their BIOS Setup. I do not have a USB Legacy mode in my BIOS setup utility, so I just enabled Legacy Mode. Then all ran successfully. I needed to get a few drivers, but now I'm flying without Windows 8.

I may try to turn Legacy Mode off now that I have drivers, but I think I'm operating a UEFI install on a factory preinstalled Windows 8 machine. That makes this gumpy old man happy.

I did it as a dual boot at this point... I will try to take Windows 8 off the machine entirely. I don't know if I might have to repeat this process or not (is their a way to remove an OS partition without causing too many headaches), but now that I know the process I am gravy.
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11 Aug 2014   #39


Legacy overrides UEFI so Win 8 will not boot. We're you given UEFI Boot Option for stick when you enabled Legacy? If not there may be another UEFI, Legacy, CSM, or Reset to Legacy Default settings adjustment needed in BIOS. If you want to pursue this post back camera snaps of settings choices expanded.

If you wan to remain Legacy BIOS then post back a Disk Mgmt screenshot so we can help you remove 8. You can also re-enable UEFI to boot 8 if its still on the drive to make Recovery media if you haven't. Later you can recover Win8 using this media, or Clean reinstall Win8 in UEFI or Legacy or to Dual Boot with Win7 in Legacy.
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12 Aug 2014   #40

Windows 8 64-bit

I am going off of memory here because I tried 10,000 things before it finally worked.

On successful install, HP's Legacy Mode was enabled and Secure Boot disabled. On the Boot Menu screen, the Sony USB device showed up under UEFI and Legacy. Attached is an example screenshot showing this, but it was from an earlier failed attempt (I think this attempt would have worked if I had selected the Sony USB under Legacy).

I thought it might be a USB UEFI driver issue trying to get Windows 7 to install as a dual boot with pre-installed Windows 8. Now that Windows 7 is installed and all network controllers, cards, and other devices have Windows 7 drivers (I used a very helpful 3rd Party app, Driver Detective, to do this), is it possible to remove the Windows 8 partition?

I've attached at Disk Management screenshot. Self admittedly, I don't know a lot about partitioning, reading on-line documentation usually assumes the user has basic knowledge of hardware, which sometimes I don't. IT is my second career. In the past, I've just taken it out of the box and taken what HP/Dell, etc. give me. But I love learning every day. That's a long winded way of saying I don't know why Window 8 has the D:\ drive and Windows 7 has the C:\ drive and the boot and page record in my disk management.

Is there a safe way to remove the D:\ partition?

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