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Install OEM Win7 on new Win8 laptop

Last response: in Windows 7
March 13, 2013 9:58:49 AM

I recently bought an Acer Aspire V3-771G-9441 and it came with Win8. I really hate Win8. I just bought a Win7 OEM disc and a new Samsung SSD.

I've never installed an OS before - can someone point me to a resource to show me how to do this? Also, does the new SSD have to be formatted before inserting it into the laptop?

If anyone has a list of simple steps to follow, that would be great. I can try to figure out the rest with the Win7 install instructions.

March 13, 2013 1:24:18 PM

If Windows 8 was preinstalled on your laptop you will need to get into bios on your laptop and turn off UEFI Secure Boot and enable "Legacy" boot.

Installing a new OS can sometimes be a complicated process especially if windows doesn't have network or wireless drivers for your particular network card baked into the OS. What I would do is not touch your current HDD and just give it a go with the new SSD and post back here with any problems you might have.
March 13, 2013 2:14:07 PM

Thanks - someone sent me the links to Acer's drivers page. Where should I should install those? Do they go in a special folder?
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March 13, 2013 4:08:34 PM

SR-71 the steps in the link are for when you are trying to do a clean install of your OS on your current HDD onto a new SSD, right? I'm installing an OEM onto a brand new SSD (keeping the Win8 OS on the current HDD).
March 13, 2013 6:29:49 PM

Guys I'm inside the setup utility and under the boot menu, it will not allow me to select secure boot to enable it or disable it. When the I press the down arrow key, it goes straight down to 1. Windows Boot Manager

March 13, 2013 6:44:34 PM

If I use a new SSD, shouldn't I just be able to insert that new SSD into the computer and the install disk or do I still have to change settings?