I have recently been struggling since the beginning of the week trying to install an OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit onto my new Acer Aspire V3 laptop which came with Windows 8 64 bit pre-installed.
I made a thread over at Seven Forums: Ordered new laptop with Win 8 but plan to install Win 7 - partitions? - Windows 7 Forums However, I've gotten more and more confused and was advised to come over here to ask for assistance.
Here are the tutorials I have been linked to:
Step 1 to 5 of: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Follow: Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
My current hard drive setup looks like this:
The "Win 7 (E:)" is a new partition I made for Windows 7 to be installed onto. The approximately 21GB recovery partition has been removed in DiskPart.
Disk 1 is the USB flash drive I copied the data from Windows 7 installation disk and rearranged and renamed folders and files according to this tutorial: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
I have also disabled "Secure Boot" within the BIOS although UEFI is still enabled. I have confirmed that Secure Boot is off by using Windows PowerShell run as administrator and using the line
The hard drive is set up in GPT mode.
I have made:
1. a recovery DVD
2. a recovery drive on a USB
I have not made a system image as I do not possess any storage media large enough to do one.
Every time I've tried to install Windows 7, it either had a 0x0 error (from within Windows 8), could not install with GPT or frozen on the "Windows Starting" logo.
The USB flash drive has been cleaned and formatted with DiskPart. I followed these instructions: UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
This post has been referred to me several times: cant install windows 7 in the preinstalled windows 8 laptop - Windows 7 Forums
And as I believe we both share the same Acer BIOS, I fear I'm in the same situation as this guy: GPT Hard drive issues with installing Windows 7 Ultimate.. - Windows 7 Forums
I am really stuck and really tired, frustrated and pretty bored of all this now. I want to keep the pre-installed Windows 8 installation while dual-booting with Windows 7. I don't want to lose Windows 8 as I paid for the Windows 8 licence in the price of the laptop. I'm truly annoyed and I can't budget a new USB HDD in my student loan very easily.
I would very much prefer to use Windows 7 as my primary operating system as I prefer it over Windows 8 and I know that all my programs will run on Windows 7. I don't know how well SolidWorks runs with Windows 8 but even if it's fine with Windows 8 I don't want to use Windows 8! I still want to keep it though - I technically paid for it.
I'm rather desperate for help now!
Edit: more to add:
So F12 was disabled in the BIOS I found
I enabled it, then restarted it in UEFI - pressed F12 and selected the USB but it doesn't say UEFI in front of the USB drive.
Select it anyway
"Windows is loading files"
Windows logo freezes and stays frozen
Edit: also tried with just the DVD - DVD drive did not have UEFI in front of it either - froze in the same place. Maybe I did not setup the USB right? I did follow the instructions for UEFI though. Grrr! I'm really hoping that I don't have to result to cleaning the entire HDD and converting to MBR because as I said, I can't keep spending money on this - I don't have an external HDD I can use to image the existing data to.