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New Win8 laptop arriving, wish to Dual Boot with Seven

  1. #41


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    W8 Inspiron 17R W8P+MCE HTPC


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    Now installing Win7 in UEFI mode. When clicking Next after selecting pre-formatted Win7 target partition it warns that "the partitions are not in the recommended order for GPT disk" but lets me continue with install anyway.

    Is this a known issue which might cause problems if I decide to wipe the Win7 and Win7 clean reinstall partitions to Extend C and take back the PC? If the wireless speed (40 kbps Download, 10gb Upload) cannot be resolved in Networking thread I have then I will prob do that anyway.
    Not an issue you just need to brush up on your partition structures for your type of setup. Check your hardware bios to see what your board supports and partition it accordingly.


    • Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). Uses the Master Boot Record (MBR) partition structure.
    • Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) Class 1. Uses the GUID Partition Table (GPT) partition structure.
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Class 2: Uses the GPT partition structure. Also includes a compatibility support module (CSM) that enables you to use BIOS functions, including the MBR partition structure. This module may be enabled or disabled in the firmware.
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Class 3: Uses the GPT partition structure.


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  2. #42


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    @greg,

    Perhaps the oem has set it up in a specific way.

    Is win7 booting ok
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  3. #43


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    Win7


    Yeah 7 is fine. I wonder if it's because I gave a drive letter to Recov partition to get Paragon Boot media builder to find it's winre.wim then didn't remove it. I also don't have an MSR partition on here, just 300mb UEFI System, 900mb Recov, C: factory 8, F: Win7 and 20gb Recov I gave the letter. So it might not have realized the last partition remains Recovery as UEFI seems to want.

    The pitifully slow Wifi 20kbps is wearing on me. Just plugged it in by wire and am getting 55Mpbs.

    Roommate is shutting down tablet and Iphone to see if that's the conflict. Speeds double to 1mbps but still not what my other g laptop gets here.

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  4. #44


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    What partitions does paragon show you?

    Is it slow wifi only on 7 or the same on 8?
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  5. #45


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    Win7


    Yes, was hoping the 7 Clean Install would help but slow wifi, 1 minute boot after all driver updates. Now I want to wipe the HD to see if I can get decent boot times with UEFI or without.

    I'll install Paragon to 7 to get a screenie of the map.

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  6. #46


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    Yeah 7 is fine. I wonder if it's because I gave a drive letter to Recov partition to get Paragon Boot media builder to find it's winre.wim then didn't remove it. I also don't have an MSR partition on here, just 300mb UEFI System, 900mb Recov, C: factory 8, F: Win7 and 20gb Recov I gave the letter. So it might not have realized the last partition remains Recovery as UEFI seems to want.

    The pitifully slow Wifi 20kbps is wearing on me. Just plugged it in by wire and am getting 55Mpbs.

    Roommate is shutting down tablet and Iphone to see if that's the conflict. Speeds double to 1mbps but still not what my other g laptop gets here.

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    MSR is hidden.
    Screenshot from Paragon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker
    Now installing Win7 in UEFI mode. When clicking Next after selecting pre-formatted Win7 target partition it warns that "the partitions are not in the recommended order for GPT disk" but lets me continue with install anyway.
    Not a problem, just a WARNING for Non-UEFI BIOS.
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  7. #47


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    Yes, greg already posted that.
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  8. #48


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker
    Is it even known for sure that Win7 can be installed in UEFI to a Dual Boot with preinstalled UEFI Windows 8?
    YES.

    Fujitsu OEM Windows 8 Pro Pre-installed.
    Dual Boot Windows 8 Pro & Windows 7 Pro.

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    Also comes with Reinstall DVD's.

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  9. #49


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    It is interesting Fujitsu does that.

    It was Fujitsu who announced 8 is dead in Japan.

    Greg knows the answer because he has now installed 7 alongside 8. ( Not using anything supplied by the oem.)
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  10. #50


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    Win7


    So I have preinstalled triple boot now: Asus crapware 8, clean 7 and clean 8 multi-booting smoothly. I'd like to wipe the HD to see if I can improve 45 second Win7 boot time but don't know if I trust the images and need to have it in exact factory condition if I decide to take it back.

    The wireless issue is now obsessing me since I get full 55 mbps speed with ethernet cable but a pitiful 20-60 kbps using the Atheros N wireless adapter with its latest driver from Asus on all three installs.

    I plug in an Airlink N adapter and get only slightly better 1mbps speed which confounds the issue since it seems to absolve the built-in wireless adapter hardware.

    Router and modem are reset, continue to give full wireless speed to all other devices in the house including 10 year old HP laptop.

    Asus wants me to take it back to Best Buy who are authorized Service agent. I am trying to decide if I like it enough not to just get my money back but still have 10 days to decide.

    Ideas?
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