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Want to go back to Win7, but having problems

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    Want to go back to Win7, but having problems


    Hi

    I am running Win8 Enterprise Evaluation and I wish to go back to Win7, but the Win7 disk brings up errors.

    I guess I need to format the HDD, so can anybody recommend a utility to boot from CD and format?

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    Windows 8 x86


    Enter your BIOS and go to Boot Settings then Change your boot order

    Set your 1st boot to CD-ROM
    and 2nd boot is Hard Disk Drive

    Press F10 to save

    Dont forget to insert cd before restarting
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you go to the hard drive manufacturers web site you should be able to find the utility your looking for.
    EDIT: Is it your Windows 7 DVD that is giving you errors? If yes where did you get it and is it scratched or smudged?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    & than Reboot PC to install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainseo View Post
    ...so can anybody recommend a utility to boot from CD and format?
    You can download and burn the ISO for Minitool Partition Wizard. Boot from it and you can reformat the drive easily.
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I am assuming you are doing a fresh install of Windows 7, am I right ?
    If so, Just put your Windows 7 DVD then boot from it, After clicking Install Now, the next screen will ask you either Upgrade or Custom, Click on Custom.
    The next screen will show all your disk drives. Click on the Drive that you are going to install Windows 7, On the bottom, there is a button: "Drive Option(Advanced)", Click on it and "delete" that partition then Click "New", Windows Installation will create a brand new Partition then install your Windows 7.

    NOTE: Don't forget before doing this, you have to enter the BIOS and set your first boot device to be CD/DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    I am assuming you are doing a fresh install of Windows 7, am I right ?
    If so, Just put your Windows 7 DVD then boot from it, After clicking Install Now, the next screen will ask you either Upgrade or Custom, Click on Custom.
    The next screen will show all your disk drives. Click on the Drive that you are going to install Windows 7, On the bottom, there is a button: "Drive Option(Advanced)", Click on it and "delete" that partition then Click "New", Windows Installation will create a brand new Partition then install your Windows 7.

    NOTE: Don't forget before doing this, you have to enter the BIOS and set your first boot device to be CD/DVD.
    No need to enter the BIOS, you use the one time boot menu.

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    Last edited by theog; 06 Dec 2012 at 11:16.
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    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    I am assuming you are doing a fresh install of Windows 7, am I right ?
    If so, Just put your Windows 7 DVD then boot from it, After clicking Install Now, the next screen will ask you either Upgrade or Custom, Click on Custom.
    The next screen will show all your disk drives. Click on the Drive that you are going to install Windows 7, On the bottom, there is a button: "Drive Option(Advanced)", Click on it and "delete" that partition then Click "New", Windows Installation will create a brand new Partition then install your Windows 7.

    NOTE: Don't forget before doing this, you have to enter the BIOS and set your first boot device to be CD/DVD.
    No need to enter the BIOS, you use the one time boot menu.

    Click image for larger version
    Thanks for pointing it out. I rarely use the Laptop and yes some do have the Boot Menu and some Don't.
    For example, My 5 year old Sony Vaio does not have Boot Menu Option.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 06 Dec 2012 at 15:38.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    That one time boot option is a nice feature. My two ASUS motherboards have it. The older M2N68 doesn't advertise it though. It's not listed on the post screen during boot up. You'd have to read the manual to find it and what key to access it. My M4N68 shows press F8 on the post screen. If you blink you'll miss it but it's listed as an option. I do my installs from thumb drives so its nice having that option and knowing on the next reboot it will switch back to the hard drive automatically and finish the install.
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