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How to remove a partial install ?

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    How to remove a partial install ?


    Hi all,
    I bought a new laptop which came with W8 pre-installed. The standard version - not the PRO and therefore not downgradable :-(
    I bought a Windows 7 CD and tried to install it, but the installation failed. Frozen screen - don't ask me the details: I am useless.
    Now when I power up the laptop, just after the boot begins, I get a screen asking me to chose between "Setup" and Windows 8, with "Setup" being highlighted and which launches automatically if I don't manually change to Windows 8, which systematically leads to the frozen screen and I have to power off manually.
    If I choose Windows 8, then it finishes the boot and launches normally.
    Since, I have discovered Start8 and it works for me, so I am happy to keep Windows 8, but I'd like to get rid of the partial Windows 7 installation and the boot problem it causes. Anyone knows how to do this?
    Thanks a lot.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Sandun, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    While in Windows 8, check using OPTION THREE in the tutorial below with msconfig to make sure that Windows 8 is set as the "Default OS".
    Next, while still in msconfig, delete the Windows 7 entry using OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to no longer have it in your Windows Boot Manager or Choose an OS screen.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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