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Downgrade 8 to 7 on Acer Aspire AXC-603G-UW31 I Need Help!

  1. #31


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    7pro64


    Quote Originally Posted by NTL1991 View Post
    Anyone have any success with this issue?

    There is a new BIOS update out for the machine. Could it have something to do with fixing the compatibility mode?

    -Nick
    Nothing changed. They make sale to push sale win8. It not legal to sell computer with no OS to tell you what system to buy.

    Is not possible to install Linux or run portable OS.-tested

    Its same like I will buy petrol car and producer will tel me: "you have to fill up only in BP station or car wont drive!!"

    Thats rip off and against International law!!

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  2. #32


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    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1


    btw how old is your pc? maybe it could have sum connection with the CMOS battery ? cuz its repeatedly shuting down!
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  3. #33


    I have the same machine. Unfortunately, this machine doesn't have legacy bios mode, as your photos point out, and probably never will. These are UEFI only machines.
    I tried to install Win7 x64 in UEFI mode, but that didn't last long. After it shows the "Windows is loading files" screen, Windows will try to start setup, I get the red bar that NTL1991 saw. Usually, this means that Windows doesn't support the graphics subsystem on this machine.
    Even if you were to somehow get Win7 installed on this machine, Acer's website only has Win8.1 x64 drivers. I doubt they would work on Win7.

    TL;DR - You're SOL on Win7.

    -Z
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  4. #34


    Posts : 3
    7pro64


    Quote Originally Posted by zerocool View Post
    I have the same machine. Unfortunately, this machine doesn't have legacy bios mode, as your photos point out, and probably never will. These are UEFI only machines.
    I tried to install Win7 x64 in UEFI mode, but that didn't last long. After it shows the "Windows is loading files" screen, Windows will try to start setup, I get the red bar that NTL1991 saw. Usually, this means that Windows doesn't support the graphics subsystem on this machine.
    Even if you were to somehow get Win7 installed on this machine, Acer's website only has Win8.1 x64 drivers. I doubt they would work on Win7.

    TL;DR - You're SOL on Win7.

    -Z

    After complain. Link to win 7 drivers.
    https://ebuyer-my.sharepoint.com/personal/becky_clay_ebuyer_com/_layouts/15/download.aspx?guestaccesstoken=vHD8pPbq9BlUSUQYP4VCwnSD1ScA%2fivcsvqW2T1C9us%3d&docid=03d6531b784984 59fbc381488b488f461


    So we have drivers and what next with bios?
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  5. #35


    Posts : 3
    7pro64


    Quote Originally Posted by kicek81 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zerocool View Post
    I have the same machine. Unfortunately, this machine doesn't have legacy bios mode, as your photos point out, and probably never will. These are UEFI only machines.
    I tried to install Win7 x64 in UEFI mode, but that didn't last long. After it shows the "Windows is loading files" screen, Windows will try to start setup, I get the red bar that NTL1991 saw. Usually, this means that Windows doesn't support the graphics subsystem on this machine.
    Even if you were to somehow get Win7 installed on this machine, Acer's website only has Win8.1 x64 drivers. I doubt they would work on Win7.

    TL;DR - You're SOL on Win7.

    -Z

    After complain. Link to win 7 drivers.
    https://ebuyer-my.sharepoint.com/personal/becky_clay_ebuyer_com/_layouts/15/download.aspx?guestaccesstoken=vHD8pPbq9BlUSUQYP4VCwnSD1ScA%2fivcsvqW2T1C9us%3d&docid=03d6531b784984 59fbc381488b488f461


    So we have drivers and what next with bios?

    tep 1 update BIOS. To version A4L (available from Acer | Download)
    Step 2 install Windows 7 from your DVD
    Step 3 in
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  6. #36


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by kicek81 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kicek81 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zerocool View Post
    I have the same machine. Unfortunately, this machine doesn't have legacy bios mode, as your photos point out, and probably never will. These are UEFI only machines.
    I tried to install Win7 x64 in UEFI mode, but that didn't last long. After it shows the "Windows is loading files" screen, Windows will try to start setup, I get the red bar that NTL1991 saw. Usually, this means that Windows doesn't support the graphics subsystem on this machine.
    Even if you were to somehow get Win7 installed on this machine, Acer's website only has Win8.1 x64 drivers. I doubt they would work on Win7.

    TL;DR - You're SOL on Win7.

    -Z

    After complain. Link to win 7 drivers.
    https://ebuyer-my.sharepoint.com/personal/becky_clay_ebuyer_com/_layouts/15/download.aspx?guestaccesstoken=vHD8pPbq9BlUSUQYP4VCwnSD1ScA%2fivcsvqW2T1C9us%3d&docid=03d6531b784984 59fbc381488b488f461


    So we have drivers and what next with bios?

    tep 1 update BIOS. To version A4L (available from Acer | Download)
    Step 2 install Windows 7 from your DVD
    Step 3 in
    some of your directions cut off there. also Acer removed the V4L, called them and they blatantly refused to give it out and said Microsoft forbids any downgrading on the Aspire XC-603G along with the instalation of Non-Windows products. I personaly think this is underhanded but hey. I dont mind windows 8 but would rather not be stuck with Ubuntu as a second OS as I preffer (real debian) over (fake debian). Does anyone have a link to the v4l Bios for Aspire XC-603G?
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  7. #37


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    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Same issue here. Did anybody save off the correct BIOS version before they pulled it?
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  8. #38

    Acer AXC-603 Downgrade to windows 7 Instructions


    So I successfully downgraded this PC after a bit (LOT) of research and tinkering. I’ve provided the steps I followed below.
    Acer AXC-603 Downgrade to windows 7 Instructions

    STEP 1 - Downgrade BIOS/UEFI
    WARNING: DO THIS STEP AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG HERE, YOU RISK PERMANENTLY DAMAGING YOUR COMPUTER. I MODIFIED THE BATCH FILES TO IGNORE CHECKING ROM ID. IT WORKED PERFECTLY FOR ME BUT THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT IT WILL WORK FOR YOU. I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE IF THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS DAMAGE YOUR COMPUTER.
    This step depends on what operating system you currently have on the machine. You will need the files provided HERE (Please download a local copy. I will try to keep this available as long as i can but cant make any promises for the distant future)

    Step1-A – IF NO operating system
    If you have a recovery disk you can also try using it or the recovery partition (Alt+F10 at boot). If that doesn't work, the easiest way to do this is to download the evaluation copy of windows 8 from Microsoft and do a fresh installation.
    After windows 8 is installed follow steps from Step1-B.

    Step1-B – IF YOU ARE IN WINDOWS 8
    Open the “Bios WIN” folder from the files provided HERE. Navigate to the “WIN” directory. Right click on Flash.bat and run as administrator (can also be run from an elevated command prompt from within windows)
    You should see a command prompt popup and it will now downgrade your BIOS.
    If you manage to get through this step, you've won 90% of the battle so cheer UP!

    Step1-C – IF YOU ARE IN DOS / FREEDOS
    I haven’t tried this personally but the following should theoretically work
    Use another machine to download the provided files. Burn them on a CD/DVD that is accessible from dos.
    Boot to dos and use the “cd” command to navigate to the “Bios Dos” directory
    Execute Flash.bat
    If you manage to get through this step, you've won 90% of the battle so cheer UP!


    STEP 2 - BIOS/UEFI Settings
    After flashing the bios press “Del” while booting to make sure the following settings are set
    Set secure boot to disabled
    Set CSM mode to always
    Boot Priority – As per your preference.


    Step 3 - Install WIN 7
    Boot from windows 7 DVD or USB to install windows 7. I personally used a DVD to complete the process so I can verify that is working.
    Hard disk Partitions – If you have left over partitions from previous installations, delete all of them and creating new partitions. You can try installing over the old partitions but I personally haven’t tested this.

    Step 4 - Install Drivers
    Install the drivers provided in the link

    STEP 5 – ENJOY WINDOWS 7
    CREDITS:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Acer Aspire XC-603 Desktop PC - Desktops | Ebuyer.com
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  9. #39


    Posts : 1
    Mac OSX


    amohani, thank you thank you thank you for this post. i almost threw this Acer in the garbage. i was unable to download the files from ebuyer (i think their bandwidth bill went up a bit heh)

    im attempting to take an acronis image of an old xp dell, restore it to this acer, and do in-place upgrade to win 7 (you have to do vista first) i will advise how it goes.

    i got to say in my 25 years of PC support experience this computer annoyed me so much with the uefi lockdown it is absolutely ridiculous! its like buying a car and only allowed to pump gas from one oil company. sheesh!
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  10. #40


    Quote Originally Posted by aarshe View Post
    amohani, thank you thank you thank you for this post. i almost threw this Acer in the garbage. i was unable to download the files from ebuyer (i think their bandwidth bill went up a bit heh)

    im attempting to take an acronis image of an old xp dell, restore it to this acer, and do in-place upgrade to win 7 (you have to do vista first) i will advise how it goes.

    i got to say in my 25 years of PC support experience this computer annoyed me so much with the uefi lockdown it is absolutely ridiculous! its like buying a car and only allowed to pump gas from one oil company. sheesh!
    You're Welcome! I was in the same state and got lucky by overriding the bios flashing utility.
    I'm not sure if transferring an image will work due to the change in hardware and the uefi being locked down...Still let us know how it goes
    If all else fails you can always download and install an evaluation version of windows 8 and take it from there
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