My girlfriend has bought a new laptop with windows 8 forced on her.
Trying to reformat and put w7 on it.
I disabled secure boot,
I've made sure cd/dvd drive is #1 boot option but it still skips and boots into windows 8.
I've tryed choosing what method to boot from at boot select menu and it just says boot failure when i select cd/dvd.
Inside windows 8 i've tryed selecting advanced restart, boot from cd/dvd but again it just restarts like normal and goes straight into windows 8.
I've tryed the boot disc on my laptop and it works.
I've ran the disc on her laptop after windows 8 has loaded and it also works.
Is there a specific reason you want to go back to 7? Windows 8 offers multiple performance improvements and just takes a bit of getting used to. Now that 8.1 is out and free to Windows 8 users, there is even less of a reason to downgrade.
Plus with 8.1 now available, the option to boot to desktop is there w/o having to use any 3rd party tools.
Windows 8 is much more responsive than 7, isn't yet burdened down by 200+ updates post SP1 & 8.1 makes it even better.
If you need the Pro version of Windows 8, you can always buy a Windows 8 Pro Plus pack that includes Media Center, for less than $100. Then, all features of Windows 8 will be available, except Windows To Go, which is a Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise feature.
I have Windows 8 on 3 different computers, of which one has been upgraded to Windows 8.1. Performance is equal to, or better than Windows 7, on the 2 notebooks that dual boots both OS's.
Though I did consider installing Windows 7 Ultimate as a replacement on my new XPS 8700, I just couldn't justify it, after much consideration. Too, as a member above has stated, there's the issue of drivers to consider. Plus what if it needs warranty service? Some, if not most OEM's, requires the original install to be there for diagnosis.