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Downgrading from Win8 to Win7

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January 23, 2013 9:25:21 AM

hi
i need to downgrade a samsung e300e5c from win8 to win7. but the bios does not show hdd or dvd for boot priorities. it does not start setup process. i have tried changing the os type and disabled secure boot.

please help, this is very urgent

ignus

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January 23, 2013 9:46:38 AM

A bit disturbing to say the least.
Have you checked the basic bios setting to see if it picked up the HD and the DVD rom drive. I don`t mean the boot order menu, but is the bios detecting the drives.
The problem normally comes down to the interface selected in the bios, for example Changing from Sata mode to AHCI, saving the settings, a restart. then going into the bios shows the bootable drives Ie: HD and DVD rom drive. Btw you were right to disable secure boot as a test.
If it works just make sure the first boot device is set to DVD rom to boot from the OS install Disc in the drive. Then off you go!
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January 23, 2013 9:50:24 AM

yeah, it identifies the hdd and dvd in system info tab, but as i said it does not give me boot device options other than 'windows boot manager'

i have done a lot of upgrades and downgrades in h/ware and s/ware
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January 23, 2013 10:04:02 AM

You just confused me there.
Right you go into the bios by pressing the Del, key. F1 key or F2 key when you first power the system on yes?
It shows the HD and the DVD drive as detected by the bios in its first main page yes.
But your saying in the boot order of devices in the bios it does not show them as listed so you can move the boot order of devices from Ie: 1, Hd 2.DVD writer drive to no one in the list to boot from. You see you sort of got me there because it looks like your pressing the F10,F11,or F12 key.

Normaly that just has to do with the selection of boot devices and dual OS`s running on say the laptop as a choice to boot another OS from another drive ect, or if two OS`s can be run/ launched. from the same drive as a choice Knowing windows boot manger pops up F10, F11, or F12 keys when pressed.

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January 23, 2013 10:29:33 AM

that is correct, bios detects hdd and dvd, but i cant change or see devices in the boot priorities, there is only 1 entry which is the windows boot manager.
i am going to have to try win8 again. a friend says he thinks its a safety mech to stop you (me) from downgrading.

the machine is not old, what are the chances of samsung adapting the bios to only work with win8?
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January 23, 2013 10:30:12 AM

This happens if the Bios is not in UEFI compatible mode. Look for an option in the Bios to put it in "legacy" mode and the boot will be back to the one you know.
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January 23, 2013 11:08:31 AM

the uefi setting is disabled, but there is nothing about legacy, anywhere in bios
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January 23, 2013 12:09:37 PM

Why would you want to downgrade?
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January 23, 2013 12:29:07 PM

a family request, i tried win8 disc, no win setup, only recovery module. which cant recover or re instate anything. but when rebooting, the laptop falls into repetetive restart.
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January 23, 2013 6:07:24 PM

Similar problem. I have an Asus UX32V Ultrabook that came pre-loaded with Windows 8 and no install disk or USB drive. I was hoping to dual boot Windows 7 and 8 but I haven't been able to make that work. I have created a Windows 7 USB but when I start the install process I get an error message stating "‘Windows cannot be installed to this disk, The selected disk is of the GPT partition style’".

My next thought would be to do a clean install of everything. Install Windows 7 from scratch and then add Windows 8 as a dual boot since there are alot of instructions on the web about how to accomplish that. Sounded like a good plan but since I wasn't given a Windows 8 Install disk, it seems to me that Windows 8 would be lost to me forever if I wipe the hard drive. Not sure what to do next.


ignus said:
hi
i need to downgrade a samsung e300e5c from win8 to win7. but the bios does not show hdd or dvd for boot priorities. it does not start setup process. i have tried changing the os type and disabled secure boot.

please help, this is very urgent

ignus

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January 24, 2013 4:08:49 AM

yeah, but my problem's a little bit worse, I would prefer to do a clean install. but the problem is, the bios does not give me options under boot device priority. so i cant tell the machine to start up from the dvd or the usb.
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