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How Do I add Windows 7 to a newly bought Windows 8 Laptop

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    How Do I add Windows 7 to a newly bought Windows 8 Laptop


    Hi,

    I am new to dual booting and everything ive read is based on starting with windows 7 os and then adding the windows 8 which isn't working for me. I just bought a Toshiba Windows 8 laptop and now need to have windows 7 also (due to my business tax software isn't compatiable with Windows 8 as of yet). How do I not lose my windows 8? I just also bought the windows 7 home premium os disk. Please HELP!!!! Urgent as I'm needing to get back to working for my business for travel purposes. Right now I only have a windows 7 desktop which I can't take with me when traveling.

    I've already setup a Partition drive: E

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    I forgot to add my computer info: Toshiab L855-S5309 laptop (satelllite) Technical details: 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i3 processor; 15.6" display; 4GB memory;
    640GB hard drive Toshiba Satellite 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 640GB Hard Drive L855-S5309 - Best Buy
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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.


    Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube

    http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...640-SP4015.pdf
    Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube

    Toshiba Satellite Pro C640/C650 with Windows 8, make recovery disc, page 68

    http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...50_10Apr09.pdf


    You can install Windows 7 in dual boot.

    Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    Than follow this tutorial:
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    I haven't read the links, but the easiest way is to get an image program such as macrium or paragon. Split your HD into two partitions. Make an image of your Windows 8 install, including the boot/mbr section. Install Windows 7 on the second partition and then put your image back. This will ensure you put the correct boot manager in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I haven't read the links, but the easiest way is to get an image program such as macrium or paragon. Split your HD into two partitions. Make an image of your Windows 8 install, including the boot/mbr section. Install Windows 7 on the second partition and then put your image back. This will ensure you put the correct boot manager in.
    The OP has uEFI, Secure Boot, gpt setup.

    Also macrium or paragon Bootable live CD's, do not support uEFI, Secure Boot, gpt setup.
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    Windows 8


    Thanks, I was hoping you replied to my post and you did. I really really appreciate it. I will be trying this as soon as I get home so that i can back to working officially. I made the recovery disk, backup and image last night by using my removable external mypassport drive. I hope that was sufficient for what you reference below in blue as far as OEM recovery disk and I also burned 1 copy of recovery disk on a dvd-rw disk as well.

    I will keep all updated on status.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.


    Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube

    http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...640-SP4015.pdf
    Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube

    Toshiba Satellite Pro C640/C650 with Windows 8, make recovery disc, page 68

    http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...50_10Apr09.pdf


    You can install Windows 7 in dual boot.

    Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    Than follow this tutorial:
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    Windows 8


    Theog, I did have one seperate question as i was trying to downgrade it last night but get stuck at step #4 (the one time boot menu doesn't come up when i press F12 and so i never get to step 5. i will try this again tonight based on starting from the top for the instrucations you posted in this post and continue from there. Last time, when i sort of started the dual boot, i got the partitions screen and never deleted anything, i just chose the partition i wanted to load to. so i can see i messed up there and will go back and redo.

    You have no idea how excited & anxious I am to get dual boot on this laptop. As i know it will be easy on my desktop which already runs off win7.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I haven't read the links, but the easiest way is to get an image program such as macrium or paragon. Split your HD into two partitions. Make an image of your Windows 8 install, including the boot/mbr section. Install Windows 7 on the second partition and then put your image back. This will ensure you put the correct boot manager in.
    The OP has uEFI, Secure Boot, gpt setup.

    Also macrium or paragon Bootable live CD's, do not support uEFI, Secure Boot, gpt setup.
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    Check your manual for the one time boot menu F? key.
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    Windows 8


    Thanks, will do.
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Check your manual for the one time boot menu F? key.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    So update, The dual boot has been unsucessful. I've tried to do it but Win7 won't take it or if it does its only partial and the computer begins restarting everytime i choose win7 from the dual boot OS menu. So i took the laptop to Geek Squad for them to dual boot. They had the same issue and even wiped the computer clean for clean install and found out the Toshiba laptop is installing windows 7 3x on the computer and not allowing it to run. I think i officially hate toshiba.

    Theog or if anyone else knows is there a workaround for Toshiba Satellite laptops with dual booting issues for win7 (downgrade install).

    Also if there isn't - will installing Win7 on a MyPassport 500GB external Hard drive work properly with the Toshiba Win8 laptop?
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