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turn factory windows 8 back to windows 7

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  • Started 1 year ago by remotehelp
  • Latest reply from warlock
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remotehelp
Posts: 2

I have had a couple new laptops with windows 8 factory installed... I can't even get a windows 7 disc to boot.... is there something in the bios thats different
anyone have an answer

Scott

Posted 1 year ago
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Fhirkin9
Fhirkin9
Posts: 179

Are you 100% sure that the boot order is set to boot from DVD first?

Posted 1 year ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Scott hi, you can't install old versions of Windows over newer ones. Do you have a W7 install disk, with a key ?

Posted 1 year ago
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germ-x
germ-x
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Suggest yo umake your factory recovery disks before reverting back to Win7. You will have to either format your hdd or wipe it with Dban from here.
http://www.dban.org/
like Fhirkin9 mentioned you need to change your boot order in your BIOS so your optical drive is set as your first boot device.
If I were you suggest "formatting and partitioning with Partition Wizard" so you "Don't Format and Partition using the Windows7 installation disk". This will eliminate that 100mb boot partition which causes problems.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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OK guys, but make sure he has a key for 7 first please.

Posted 1 year ago
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Fhirkin9
Fhirkin9
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@ Germ-x , so that explains my "mystery partition" problem! (I had to reinstall Win8 OEM after my RAID set-up failed). @ Lighthouse, fully agree the OP must have a Win7 key for each machine and is advised to make recovery media for each machine. ALso, retain the Win8 keys and ISOs in case the future of Win8 changes to a more favorable UI.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
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My guess would be that you are dying in the UEFI. Try this approach.

Posted 1 year ago
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remotehelp
Posts: 2

Yes I have tried setting 1st boot to cd/dvd.... won't boot to factory windows 7 disc... I have formatted and installed o/s on hundreds of computers over the years... I think there is something in bios that blocks from booting to dvd... I even tried to boot to usb...in windows 8 you don't make a restore disc... it requests usb flash drive 32g instead of disc... If any of you have a new pc with factory windows 8 try and boot to a factory windows 7.... 8 is going to be a night mare for most people...

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warlock
warlock
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@remotehelp, I think there is going to be a growing number of people with your problem. As LH. said, do you have W7 disk and key? Also, check germ-x post above did you do that? The post from whs may be an option but, not familiar with it at all.

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