Hi all, i've spent far too long on this and now need help, please.
I'm running the following unit
PACKARD BELL iMedia S 2870 COMPACT Desktop PC -
Intel® Core™ i3 3.33GHz
I'm trying to revert back to Windows7 from Windows8 using a bootable USB drive. I've changed the boot order in the BIOS so that the HDD is the last option. I've set it to
1 - Removable Device, 2 - CD ROM drive, 3 - Network Cable, 4 - HDD Windows Boot Manager.
However, every time I reboot, it just boots from the HDD (Labeled as Windows Boot Manager) and ignores the order I set.
I know the bootable USB drive works, as I used it to install Windows7 on a laptop yesterday.
I've also tried creating a Bootable CD with plop boot manager on there, and changed the boot order to
1 - CD ROM drive, 2 -Removable Device, 3 - Network Cable, 4 - HDD Windows Boot Manager.
With both the bootable CD and USB in the PC and it still just boots from the HDD
ok u need to get into the new UEFI bios... which unfortunately is so fast its humanly impossible to fkey it on boot.
but not to worry... we have a simple method...
1. scroll with mouse to right bottom corner of desktop,
it will open charms bar!
2. select power icon(before choosing shutdown or restart hold shift and don't let go)
3. now choose restartwhile still holding shift until you find yourself at the UEFI blue screen you see below>
then choose [troubleshoot] option as displayed above! if you don't have this option then you will have to call Microsoft. because only certain versions like my 9200.9.3 version build of windows 8.1 pro has this option and some versions like normal or home premium don't have it... otherwise you will be shet outta luck. detailed explination below>
How to downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7: before you start
You'll needa Windows 7 installation disc. You can buy it, of course, but with downgrade rights you just need an Windows 7 DVD or USB stick and your Windows 8 Pro activation key. If you're moving from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7 Professional you won't need a new license key, but you will have to call Microsoft to obtain a single-use activation code after Windows 7 is installed - attempting to activate Windows 7 online will bring up a local Activation Support phone number.
You also need to make sure you have all the important drivers. In Windows 8 open the Device Manager (hit Windows and X, then choose Device Manager). Now expand each device until there's a list of all the components, then write them down or take screenshots. You need the manufacturer and model numbers for everything, but the three most critical components are display adaptor, network adaptor and pointing device (if you use anything other than an ordinary mouse).
Now you need drivers for every component. Search on the web for the support pages of each component and download them. Then and store them on a USB drive.
Next you need to back up all the non-Windows software you have installed on your Windows 8 Pro PC. The chances are that you haven't installed much given that you wish to downgrade a PC that is, presumably, new. Also remember to back up all your files. The downgrade is destructive - you'll lose everything that was on your PC.
You want to have all of your files stored externally, as well as the discs and codes for all your software. And remember that you won't be able to install Windows 8 apps on your new system. You'll also need a Windows 7 disc and an activation key.
How to downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7: the install
Boot your PC from the Windows 7 disc - you will probably have to pop the disc in the drive and hit F2 or another key during the boot up process.
To be honest, that's all the heavy lifting done. The Windows 7 installer will ask you for details such as your geographical location. Follow the prompts. The system will reboot several times until Windows 7 is installed.
Now you need to reinstall all the drivers you stored on the USB or CD. Then reinstall the software you set aside, and load up your files.