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Dual Boot Acer Aspire V5 with Windows 8.1 Pre-installed

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    Dual Boot Acer Aspire V5 with Windows 8.1 Pre-installed

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm new to this forum and I am using Windows 8.1. I have an Acer Aspire V5-571P computer with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I want to install my licensed copy of Windows 7 Professional on it as a dual boot to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. I have seen that it can be done, but I cannot figure out how to correctly do it. I have already had to re-install Windows 8.1 once from a USB Recovery drive which was not fun. So can someone help me out with this? I'd really like to learn how to do it and get it done. I love windows 7 Pro but I can't figure out how to do it.

    I have already turned off secure boot in bios. However, UEFI mode is still active vs legacy bios which is the other mode I have.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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

    You will need both Windows 7 x64 & Windows 8/8.1 installed in Legacy mode.

    On some Acer, Gateway, P. Bell, Windows 7 x64 will not install in UEFI mode.

    Windows 8 Desktops - How to Disable Secure Boot - YouTube

    Enabling the boot device menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Acer
    On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.


    Enabling the F12 function:

    1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
    2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
    3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
    4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
    5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.

    How to Enable or Disable Secure Boot

    Quote Originally Posted by Acer
    This article only applies to: Windows 8 Desktops

    Bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 8. You can change the Secure Boot setting and it should recognize the bootable device.

    Use the following steps to change Secure Boot:

    1.Completely shut down your computer.
    2.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press Delete to enter the BIOS.
    3.Use the right arrow key to select Authentication.
    4.With Secure Boot highlighted, press Enter and then the down arrow to select Disabled.
    5.Use the right arrow key to select Boot Options.
    6.With Launch CSM highlighted, press Enter and use the down arrow to select Always.
    7.Press Enter.
    8.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Thank you for the response. Do I need to uninstall Windows 8.1 and then reinstall it after I install Windows 7 Professional 64 bit? If so, that involves backing up my data and somehow uninstalling windows 8. Is that correct?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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