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Windows 7: Is it possible to install Windows 7 on a Microsoft Surfacebook?

16 Sep 2018   #1
Drumming Pete

Windows7
 
 
Is it possible to install Windows 7 on a Microsoft Surfacebook?

I 've searched and it' s non conclusive. Do you really need the CMS/Legacy feature in the BIOS to boot the installation files?


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16 Sep 2018   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Drumming Pete View Post
Do you really need the CMS/Legacy feature in the BIOS to boot the installation files?
Yes
The Surface Pro is a class 3 UEFI device, which means it has no Compatibility Support Module (CSM), which emulates the old BIOS environment. Windows 7 is not compatible with UEFI, which means without CSM, it wouldn't be able to function. If you had to run Windows 7 on a Surface Pro, the only way would be to enable the Hyper-V feature of Windows 8 and run Windows 7 inside a virtual machine (VM). However, this would limit the resources available and the capabilities such as some of the touch/pen features.
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18 Sep 2018   #3
Drumming Pete

Windows7
 
 

HI. So if the videodrivers are the only culprit would it be possible to inject working videodrivers into the windows.wim, that need no CSM support in order to installndows 7 (on a non-CSM bios/machine)?

I also read something about WinPE and then deploying or installing other Windows versions. Could this be an option of the former won't work?
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18 Sep 2018   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nobody mentioned video or any other kind of drivers.
Problem is the bootloader, that requires a normal BIOS and the Surface only has UEFI mode, which precludes booting from a Windows 7 drive. This is much earlier that any driver is even loaded.
I don't know enought on the topic for giving a conclusive answer, but I'm tempted to say no, it's not possible to use Windows 7 at all there, the alternative being to downgrade to Windows 8 or 10.
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18 Sep 2018   #5
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Agree with Alejandro85!

As I stated earlier you'd have to enable Hyper-V and run Win 7 in the Virtual Machine, with the above posted limitations.

Nic
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18 Sep 2018   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Drumming Pete View Post
HI. So if the videodrivers are the only culprit would it be possible to inject working videodrivers into the windows.wim, that need no CSM support in order to installndows 7 (on a non-CSM bios/machine)?

Yes, that does appear to be the problem.
I think there are one or two on the internet who claimed to have done that. I don't have the details.
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18 Sep 2018   #7
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Thanks one again for your input SIW2
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18 Sep 2018   #8
Drumming Pete

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Agree with Alejandro85!

As I stated earlier you'd have to enable Hyper-V and run Win 7 in the Virtual Machine, with the above posted limitations.

Nic
Could I run win7 in this virfual machine and install to another partition on the same system?
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18 Sep 2018   #9
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Yes, but you don't have to
Here's two link for more info to peruse:
Default Hyper-V Storage Paths: Overview
Hyper-V Configuration Questions (hard drives, partitions, etc ...)

Be advised that you will have a significant performance hit. You are basically running an Operating System within Windows, therefore you have two OSs competing for processor cycles. You can install multiple OSs in the VM. I have XP, Vista, Win7, Win8, Win10, Black Arch Linux, Kali Linux, Linux Mint & Linux Lite on my machine. My use is virus removal and white hat hacking and Linux studies being that I'm an It student in college.

Nic
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18 Sep 2018   #10
Drumming Pete

Windows7
 
 

I mean could I boot the win7 install in a virtual machine and directly install windows 7 onto another partition on the same system?
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