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Trying to downgrade to windows 7

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October 26, 2013 1:29:23 PM

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.

Running spare out of ideas. Any clue?

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October 26, 2013 1:35:12 PM

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.
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October 26, 2013 1:47:43 PM

What do you mean by you've tried the boot isk on your laptop? You tried to boot from it or only read it? I sounds at the moment like this disk is not bootable / has no boot record.
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October 26, 2013 1:51:28 PM

noidea_77 said:
What do you mean by you've tried the boot isk on your laptop? You tried to boot from it or only read it? I sounds at the moment like this disk is not bootable / has no boot record.

I put the disc in my laptop, it was detected and i pressed 'any key' to boot from it. It started loading windows files to which i stopped the process.

I was doing so to test if the disk was bootable.
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October 26, 2013 1:55:42 PM

Kieee said:
noidea_77 said:
What do you mean by you've tried the boot isk on your laptop? You tried to boot from it or only read it? I sounds at the moment like this disk is not bootable / has no boot record.

I put the disc in my laptop, it was detected and i pressed 'any key' to boot from it. It started loading windows files to which i stopped the process.

I was doing so to test if the disk was bootable.

So it is obviously bootable. Any hints in the manula or on the internet for this specific model, how to install the os? Does it even spin the disk while booting?
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October 26, 2013 1:59:16 PM

Hi

Do you have a Windows 8 or 8.1 DVD or any disk which can boot from a UEFI Bios PC and see if that can boot from the laptop
This is to see if Secure Boot has been disabled

Clasic Shell (4.00) can put the start button back and make things look more like Windows 7.

You need to check ALL drivers are available under Windows 7 before installing Win 7

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Mike Barnes
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October 27, 2013 10:58:50 AM

Any particular reason why you prefer Windows 7 over 8? Classic Shell has just introduced 4.0.2, this can make it just as functional as Windows 7.

http://www.classicshell.net/

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.

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