Windows 7 Pro installation gets stuck on "Starting Windows"

I have read dozens of posts on this topic but none has helped yet.

My system has Windows 8 with UEFI. I want to install Windows 7 Pro on another partition. I have turned off Secure Boot in the UEFI/BIOS. When I try to install Windows 7 Pro from a DVD it shows "windows is loading files" and then gets stuck on "Starting Windows" for ever. This happens even when no USB peripherals are attached.

I hope someone can help.

Thanks!
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  1. Just one hard drive (listing all specs might help)? SSD?
  2. No, it's not an SSD. It is a regular 750GB hard disk 5400 RPM that came installed in a Sony VAIO laptop. The partitions are NTFS.
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