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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 on an old non UEFI bios.

2 Weeks Ago   #1
OldSchool297

Windows Vista 32bit.
 
 
Install Windows 7 on an old non UEFI bios.

Hi. Is it possible to install windows 7 on an old bios that doesn't support UEFI/Legacy? I got an old Acer Aspire T120/1,9ghz x86, 2gb memory and geforce fx 5200 grafic card/BIOS-version/Phoenix Technologies, LTD R01-A1, 2003-12-02.


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If it came with vista, then it should be able to run win7.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
wkeller

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldSchool297 View Post
Hi. Is it possible to install windows 7 on an old bios that doesn't support UEFI/Legacy?

Windows 7 supports BIOS-boot with no problems.


I recommend you 32-bit version for old machines. It is MUCH faster than 64-bit one.
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1 Week Ago   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not having UEFI will make the install ]much easier, with a normal BIOS everything just works.

Generally speaking, the older the system, the easier is to get it compatible with the software. But also be aware of some potential performance issues if you go on a too old system. Most systems which have Vista bundled weren't really capable of running Vista.
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1 Week Ago   #5
OldSchool297

Windows Vista 32bit.
 
 

For some reason the dvd stops loading when the blue windows logo turns up at the installation, i tried to install vista and it worked so it can't be my dvd burner that is faulty. I can't even get to the choice harddrive window. i don't see any text at all only the logo.
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1 Week Ago   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't recall a blue windows logo from all the win7 installations I have done.

It should say press any key to boot from cd/dvd,
then "Windows is Loading Files" and a white loading bar across the bottom of the screen ,
then "Starting Windows" and some colored blobs.

How to Install Windows 7 From a CD or DVD Tutorial Guide Walkthrough - YouTube
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1 Week Ago   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you have the space on your disk, I suggest creating a separate partition to install win7. That will leave your current vista installation intact, in case you screw something up.

It is also useful if there are some machine specific drivers- you can browse from your new 7 partition to your vista partition to get the drivers.
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1 Week Ago   #8
OldSchool297

Windows Vista 32bit.
 
 

I don't get to the white bar with loading files, you can be right the logo is more green, I tried a Vista installation dvd and it worked so my dvd burner works. I can se the windows 7 dvd and files in Vista and acces the setup but not install in windows, i don't think it can be installed on old bios? I have read about it, or is it only the 64 one? I tried the Windows 7 boot installation for 2 hours but the only thing is that the green center logo shows and the red harddrive light och the green dvd light, lights together for about 1min then nothing happens.
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1 Week Ago   #9
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi

Blue screens are usually driver related, when you downloaded W7 did you make sure it was the 32 bit version, 64bit wont process on a 32bit only motherboard

PS as you only have 2gb ram home or Business versions only - certainly not Ultimate.


Roy
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1 Week Ago   #10
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't even know if you should attempt to install Windows 7. I don't see on the Acer site drivers for a T120. And if there are you need the Vista drivers which should work in Win 7 or the Win 7 drivers if they provide them. You will want to use the 32 bit version of Windows 7 and 32 bit drivers as you only have 2 GB of RAM. If you had a 64 bit capable CPU and at least 4 GB of RAM, then you could use a 64 bit OS.

Yes, you can install Windows 7 in a regular BIOS. Windows 7 doesn't need UEFI to operate.

As to the boot issue on installing Windows 7, I'm not sure. The Acer T120 was built for XP and it's quite old.
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