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New Lenovo G500 need to install 7 in Dual Boot with Ate

  1. #1


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    Win7

    Lenovo G500 failing to install 7 in Dual Boot with 8


    I've just had a new Lenovo Core i5 g500 arrive to test during Best Buy's 2 week return policy period. I've shrunk C, updated to latest BIOS, reset BIOS Boot tab to DIsable Secure Boot, UEFI choice. I then can only get into BIOS menu via Windows 8 Advanced Startup settings since no hotkeys respond, choose UEFI Flash stick to boot, this message flashes: "EFI device has been blocked by current Security policy."

    So I reenter BIOS through 8, change to Legacy Support with UEFI First boot. When I reboot into BOot choices it shows the Kingston USB2 stick in both UEFI and Legacy boot choices. I choose UEFI and it gives the missing driver error. Can't choose Legacy because it would want to delete and reformat as MBR.

    Before on an Asus discussed here https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...t-seven-2.html I made the Paragon 12 boot disk to image entire HD before wiping to install 7 but it wasn't necessary because I was able to install in the shrink space even though 8 wasn't bootable (a great position to be in). Is this possible on Lenovo? Anyone?
    Last edited by gregrocker; 11 Jan 2014 at 00:59.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    Got it. Somehow the Rufus flash stick installer had gone bad as proven when I tried it in another UEFI machine. I reformatted it and was able to install in Legacy with UEFI First.

    Once other weird thing is that the latest Lenovo BIOS kept changing back to Secure Boot after each attempt, as though it recognized I hadn't installed another OS and was re-securing 8. Now we'll see if it does it again after Win7 boot up, and if 7/8 can each boot under Legacy.
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    You need to see if there is an option in the Bios for the CSM (Compatibility Support Module) to be enabled. This is more important for booting Windows 7 than the Secure Boot setting, which usually only sets the system to UEFI only boot.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    Before the Recovery Process


    Note: If you are using this recovery disc set to restore the contents of your hard disk drive to a factory-installed Windows 7 installation (including the Windows 7 operating system, applications, and drivers), go to Performing the recovery process for Windows 7 below.

    If your computer is preinstalled with the Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) operating system and you want to convert your operating system to the Windows 7 operating system using this recovery disc set, do the following before you start the recovery process:
    1.Repeatedly press and release the F1 key when turning on the computer. When you hear multiple beeps or see a logo screen, release the F1 key. The Setup Utility program opens.
    2.From the Setup Utility program main menu, select Exit or Restart, and then select OS Optimized Defaults > Disabled.
    3.Select Yes and press Enter in the window displayed to confirm your selection.
    4.Do one of the following: ?If you are using a ThinkPad or Lenovo V, B, K or E series notebook computer,press F9, select Yes in the displayed window to confirm your selection, and then press Enter.
    ? If you are using a ThinkCentre or ThinkStation computer, continue with Step 5.

    5.Press F10 to save your changes and exit the Setup Utility program.
    6.Continue with Performing the recovery process for Windows 7 below.




    Performing the recovery process for Windows 7


    Notes:
    •You must have an internal or external DVD drive to use the recovery discs.
    •During the recovery process, all data on the hard disk drive will be deleted. Copy any important data or personal files that you want to keep onto removable media or a network drive before you start the recovery process.

    To restore your computer to the original factory configuration using the recovery disc set, do the following:
    1.Make the CD/DVD drive the first startup device in the startup sequence using the following procedure:
    ?Repeatedly press and release the F1 key when turning on the computer. When you hear multiple beeps or see a logo screen, release the F1 key. The Setup Utility program opens.
    ?Use the arrow keys to select Startup. Depending on your computer model, select Primary Boot Sequence, Boot, or Startup Sequence.
    ?Select the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device by following the instructions and the help messages on the screen.

    2.Insert the Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.
    3.Press F10 to save the Setup Utility configuration changes. The computer restarts and the recovery program opens. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin the recovery process.
    4.Select your language and click Next.
    5.Read the license. If you agree to the terms and conditions, select I agree to these terms and conditions and then click Next. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions, follow the instructions on the screen.
    6.If you install the Windows 7 (64–bit) operating system, read the messages on the
    screen and then select GPT partition style or MBR partition style as you desire.
    7. Click Yes or Next in the displayed window to continue the recovery process.
    8. If you have a secondary Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc, insert it into the DVD drive when prompted and then click Yes or OK to continue the recovery process.
    9.Insert the Operating System Recovery Disc when prompted and then click Yes or OK to continue the recovery process.
    10. If you have a Supplemental Recovery Disc, insert it when prompted and click Yes. If you do not have a Supplemental Recovery Disc, click No. ?Note: Not all recovery disc sets come with a Supplemental Recovery Disc.

    11.When all of the data has been copied from the last disc in the set and processed, you will be prompted to restart the computer. Click Yes to restart the computer. ?Note: The rest of the recovery process is fully automated and no action is required by you. The computer will restart into the Microsoft Windows desktop several timesand you might experience periods when no activity is apparent on the screen for several minutes at a time. This is normal.

    12. When the recovery process is complete, the Set Up Windows screen is displayed. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows setup.
    13.After you have completed the Windows setup, you might want to restore the original startup sequence. Start the Setup Utility program and then use the arrow keys to select Startup. Depending on your computer model, select Primary Boot Sequence, Boot, or Startup Sequence. Then restore the original startup sequence. Press F10 to save and exit the Setup Utility program.

    Note:
    •After restoring a hard disk drive to the factory default settings, you might need to reinstall some device drivers.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Looks like Lenovo have a few problems.
    Today Advised by Lenovo 'not' to upgrade to 8.1 because...
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    Win7


    Win7 runs great on this Lenovo G500 which I'm glad to say I am keeping, after trialing similarly a dozen other laptops over the past two years on Best Buy's 14-day return policy. This one is flawless, after resolving palm-drag causing cursor to skip by installing Elan gesture driver (only) and then on its Mouse tab selecting "Disable touchpad when USB mouse detected."

    Will soon wipe the Windows 8 phone app off the drive to resize Win7 into its space. I am trusting that Partition Wizard means it when they say they support UEFI.

    Doubling RAM to 8gb using Kingston Model KTL-TP3C/4G System Specific Memory - Newegg.com. Note that if you open a case with Kingston Tech Support and are advised the part number for their superior OEM RAM, they will refund/replace it at their cost if it doesn't work no matter where you order it besides eBay.
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