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Installing Win 7 on a BLANK hard drive that HAD Win 8

  • Windows 7
  • Hard Drives
  • Windows 8
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July 2, 2014 1:38:03 PM

I know, it sounds complicated. Basically I *accidentally* repartitioned my hard drive with Windows 8 on it. Thankfully, I didn't like Windows 8 anyways, and have a Window 7 CD and product key I'd like to install on the PC.

However, someone told me I should wait and let a professional do this for me, as running Windows 7 on a machine with a built in Windows 8 key could be complicated. I tried Googling tutorials and such, but couldn't figure out what exactly was complicated about it.

In the BIOS, I reset to Windows 7 default settings, and switched the OS type from "UEFI" to "Legacy" (something I saw had to be done in one of the tutorials I read). I have already checked to make sure my laptop is compatible with Windows 7 (Windows 7 drivers are provided).

Can I go ahead and pop in the CD and install, or is there something I am missing? Any advice would be appreciated!

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July 2, 2014 1:43:50 PM

I would try to somehow fully format the hard drive and then install windows 7. Im not sure if you were explaining that you had already formated it and your afraid that it might have windows 8 on it. i would just pop the disk in and see what happens. im sorta confused on what your talking about.

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July 2, 2014 1:46:12 PM

If you're planning to install Windows 7 32-bit then you need Legacy BIOS as 32-bit OS doesn't work in UEFI it only supports Legacy. So if your computer has less than 4 GB of RAM and a processor that is only 32-bit capable then you need to install 32-bit Windows with Legacy BIOS. If you have 4 GB of RAM or more and a 64-bit processor (anything newer than a Core2Duo does) en you can install 64-bit Windows in UEFI BIOS.
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July 2, 2014 1:48:03 PM

Also you need to reformat the hard drive and partition it if you want to, all of this can be done in Windows install setup, it's very simple and if you don't know how to then don't hesitate to ask.
July 2, 2014 2:35:03 PM

Awesome thanks! For some reason I thought I'd have to use the Legacy BIOS for 64 bit Windows as well. Not sure what that guy was trying to tell me anymore... think I'll just go ahead and reformat, then install!
July 2, 2014 2:46:57 PM

Alrighty, good luck.