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New Acer Lap Top came with Linux - How to Install Win 7?

  1. #261


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Most welcome. I think Superfly did you the best thing though. Play with Classic Shell and you should be able to make it look and act like you want. There is even a 8 gadget pack if you're into using them. I know all the security hype about them but haven't experienced any issues myself.
    Yes, Superfly helped me tremendously. You did too.

    Hm, 8 gadget pack he says... I have no idea what that is

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  2. #262


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    Quote Originally Posted by justme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Most welcome. I think Superfly did you the best thing though. Play with Classic Shell and you should be able to make it look and act like you want. There is even a 8 gadget pack if you're into using them. I know all the security hype about them but haven't experienced any issues myself.
    Yes, Superfly helped me tremendously. You did too.

    Hm, 8 gadget pack he says... I have no idea what that is
    These things on the side of the screen. Many XP, Vista and 7 people are into using them. Never mind if you've never used them. Thought maybe you had them before since you wanted 7 or XP so bad when trying to get your laptop going.

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  3. #263


    Well guys, I guess we're reaching the end of this EPIC journey/thread...

    I will say one thing, apart from thanking you guys again, if Windows 8 doesn't work for me, or if I remember (and have time) the next time I decide to format my lap top, I'll come back and give it the last college try to install Windows 7 on the lap top by setting the password in BIOS and then disabling secure boot, as Superfly mentioned earlier...

    Another thing, I want to apologize in advance because you won't be seeing me much on the forum. I mean, I will drop in from time to time, try to give back, try to help others if I can, but I'm not really a computer expert guy, I just sort of deal with problems as they come, passionately, as you've noticed.

    Note to self --> Try to Install Windows 7 next time. Just to see if it's doable!
    Last edited by justme; 04 Jul 2014 at 17:27.
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  4. #264


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by justme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Most welcome. I think Superfly did you the best thing though. Play with Classic Shell and you should be able to make it look and act like you want. There is even a 8 gadget pack if you're into using them. I know all the security hype about them but haven't experienced any issues myself.
    Yes, Superfly helped me tremendously. You did too.

    Hm, 8 gadget pack he says... I have no idea what that is
    These things on the side of the screen. Many XP, Vista and 7 people are into using them. Never mind if you've never used them. Thought maybe you had them before since you wanted 7 or XP so bad when trying to get your laptop going.

    Click image for larger version
    No, I don't use that. Never even seen that, haha.
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  5. #265


    Just to inform guys that I have installed Classic Shell and got my Start Button back as I know and love it

    It was really the easiest thing I've done in this entire thread/for the last 3 days

    I was going to remove the store, but after checking a tutorial online I just decided to not bother with it, and I just Unpinned it from the taskbar... I mean, it's a small little thing that doesn't really affect me any and doesn't waste any resources.


    I actually don't see much else that needs to be changed. I mean, everything else pretty much looks like and works like Windows 7. I'll probably run into more things that have to be changed later down the road, but I'll deal with it when/if I get there.

    If there's anything you guys have in mind that I've missed, let me know.

    And I was gonna mark this thread as "Solved", but I think I'd rather leave it open, because we did not solve the Topic of this Thread, we did not get Windows 7 installed. So what I'll do is leave it open and then come back at some point and try the last idea that Superfly got to see if we can get Windows 7 running on this machine...

    Not even in order to keep it, just to see that it can be done!
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  6. #266


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    Windows 7


    Hello, everyone. I just bought a new Acer laptop and I was facing this exact problem the whole day. What I found in this pushed me in the right direction, but somehow, when I wanted to install Linux Mint, I just got a black screen, and nothing happened, no matter how long I waited. My boyfriend just told me to install Ubuntu, because there's tons more support for that, and it worked at once. So I tried to boot Windows 7 after having installed Ubuntu, but this again did not work. Boot menu just acted like I have USB plugged in. I was trying stuff out for hours until one friend told me to just try to switch boot mode. It was on UEFI or something like that, and the other option is 'legacy'. I did this, and could boot Win7 right away. Now, the problem was with partitions on my hard disk. So I bothered once again with this, until the other friend told me to boot gparted from usb. On this, I could manage this disk space, and I deleted everything that was on the disk, and tried again. A friend came to me and messed around with this Windows installation, where this problem with disk space kept coming up. It was something about a partition style being wrong, something to do with 'gpt'. So he just deleted all the partitions again, and made new ones. And only then did the installation work. I hope this helps someone.

    Too long, didnt read: try switching boot mode from UEFI to Legacy mode, and then deleting everything that you've previously tried with your HDD, and make new partitions. Worked for me.
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  7. #267


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Yeah people try to get to fancy - just delete everything - blank HD and install windows..
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  8. #268


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    Windows 7


    Well, call it what you want, but when you get Linux Linpus, you get really desperate. Especially if you're a noob like me, so just overrunning everything might be a lot easier than anything else one might try to do.
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  9. #269


    Yeah, the 'problem' with Acer to install Win7, one has to disable secure boot, which requires a bios supervisor password being set first etc...

    I remember this thread..Was fun
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  10. #270


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Yeah, the 'problem' with Acer to install Win7, one has to disable secure boot, which requires a bios supervisor password being set first etc...

    I remember this thread..Was fun
    Even more fun when you forget the bios password..
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