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    Dual Booting


    Just bought a Asus G75VW-9Z39611 and find it has Windows 8,which I am not enamoured with.As there is three drives D,E and F with nothing on would it be possible to install my Windows 7 Home Premium from the disc I have to one of these drives without causing any problems.If the answer is no then could I remove Windows 8 and reinstall my Windows 7 from my disc without any problems.If the answer to any of my questions is positive then could someone who knows what they are doing guide me through the process as I am no technocrat and need all the help I can get.

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


    Is your Windows 7 Home Premium in use?

    Note   Note

    When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

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

    warning   Warning
    If you shink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.
    You DO NOT WHAT Dynamic partitions.




    Than follow this tutorial: (installing in UEFI mode.)
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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  3. #3


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    windows 8

    Help


    The computer came with Windows 8 installed on drive C but drives D,E and F are empty.I have the Windows 7 disc that I used on my old computer and which is not in use now.
    Had a look at what you suggested above for dual booting but the directions are for adding Windows 8 to a system that has Windows 7 but I want to go in the opposite direction.Have Windows 8 on drive C and want to load Windows 7 to either drive D,E or F.
    Last edited by willden; 26 Apr 2013 at 10:11.
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    Show us a screenshot of your disk management page, right click bottom left corner of screen... one partition is a small recovery that should be left alone. Using the Sources folder of your windows 7, find the setup.exe, this allows for a custom install to the partition of your choice. The setup.exe in the root folder would overwrite your windows 8 partition, don't boot from the cd.
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    windows 8


    We seem to be at cross purposes here as there is no Windows 7 on this computer so unable to use any folder,also unable to understand your request for a view of the computer discs.
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    You said you have a Windows 7 disk. The Sources folder on this disk is what you would use the setup.exe file to install Windows 7 to the Win8 computer.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
    Show us a screenshot of your disk management page, right click bottom left corner of screen... one partition is a small recovery that should be left alone. Using the Sources folder of your windows 7, find the setup.exe, this allows for a custom install to the partition of your choice. The setup.exe in the root folder would overwrite your windows 8 partition, don't boot from the cd.
    Doing the above, you will receive a Secure Boot Violation.

    Click image for larger version

    or

    Error

    FILE: \WINDOWS.~BT\WINDOWS\system32\winload.efi

    STATUS: 0xc0000428
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  8. #8


    Guess I better play with the uEFI stuffs a little more, thnx for the info Theog
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Downgrade to Windows 7 or dual boot.
    Click here: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.
    Last edited by theog; 27 Apr 2013 at 06:56.
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  10. #10


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    windows 8


    Am getting more confused by the minute.Did try popping the Windows 7 disk in the computer and tried to download over Windows 8 but part way through everything came to a shuddering halt and had to bale out fast.The ideal I am looking for is to be able to dual boot as there is ample disks available.Drive C has Windows 8 on,drive D has a small amount on,drives E and F are empty and about 350 gb sized.I am no technocrat and could be classed as illiterate with computers so need explicit detailed guidance with anything as complicated as attempting the above.
    Having now had a chance to see how involved and complicated the two options are,and me being a rookie at computers,I now think it would be the safest option to leave well alone before the wheels drop off my computer.
    Last edited by willden; 27 Apr 2013 at 11:31.
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