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


justme

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Supefly I'll wait here for you to tell me.

I completed the Windows Updates for Windows 8. And I stopped and am waiting.

Because if we'll try something to get windows 7 running, then I don't want to waste time doing things on windows 8 now which will get deleted after we try and succeed or fail at getting windows 7 to run..

So just let me know what you want me to do so that I can do it. :D
 

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SIW2

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Up to you.


As you have gone this far, you should make an image of 8 and store the image on an external drive. It is better to use a free 3rd party tool.

I use Aomei Backupper mostly, I also have paragon, which is very good, but macrium and others will also be fine. You will be able to restore that image any time in future.

I think Superfly may be right about the secure boot thing. You probably can install 7 ( you will need a license to activate it ) . Worth a go. You will have the image of 8, anyway.

If you are using aomei, select system backup, the others have something similar also

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 Free Backup and Restore Software

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview
 

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Sorry, my ADSL went AWOL - had to hotspot my phone ...

No, stick with what we have.. we can try a dual boot with Windows 7 later.
 

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justme

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Up to you.


As you have gone this far, you should make an image of 8 and store the image on an external drive. It is better to use a free 3rd party tool.

I use Aomei Backupper mostly, I also have paragon, which is very good, but macrium and others will also be fine. You will be able to restore that image any time in future.

I think Superfly may be right about the secure boot thing. You probably can install 7 ( you will need a license to activate it ) . Worth a go. You will have the image of 8, anyway.

If you are using aomei, select system backup, the others have something similar also

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 Free Backup and Restore Software

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview
I have already saved the ISO of Windows 8 on my external hard disc, of course, it was the first thing I did after mounting the ISO on the USB and installing Windows 8 on my lap top. :)
 

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Sorry, my ADSL went AWOL - had to hotspot my phone ...

No, stick with what we have.. we can try a dual boot with Windows 7 later.
Alright, I'll stick to Windows 8 for now, and I'll try to make it look and function as Windows 7.

If in a few days/week I decide Windows 8 doesn't work for me, then we can try to get Windows 7 running now that we apparently have a solution in mind...
 

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Better to have an image after you have done all the updates. Then whatever os you are using, make a new up to date image every now and then. Any major problems, the image goes back on in a few minutes.

I think just about everybody here makes an image at least once a month.
 

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Ok guys, thank you, now we're moving on...

Windows 8, no Wireless internet connection.

This is the problem:

Photo0870.jpg

Obviously, there are connections available, it just can't find them...


And I believe this is the actual problem:

Photo0871.jpg


I guess I need the drivers to make those work...

Got any advise on what to do?
 

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OK cool.. SIW2 is right on with backups... Sorry if I threw a spanner in the works.. was just thing 'aloud' LOL!

Anyway gotta get back to my stupid ISP to get my connection working *sigh*
 

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    16K, 640K max
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justme

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Better to have an image after you have done all the updates. Then whatever os you are using, make a new up to date image every now and then. Any major problems, the image goes back on in a few minutes.

I think just about everybody here makes an image at least once a month.
Hm, I always wondered how to do that, you know, after one installs an OS and updates it and time goes by...

Thanks SIW2, I'll look into this definitely, but I have to figure out Windows 8 now. I've never used Windows 8 ever in my life, there bound to be a learning curve. And I want to finally get my New Lap Top Running, after 3 Days of struggling... :p
 

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Ok guys, thank you, now we're moving on...

Windows 8, no Wireless internet connection.

This is the problem:

View attachment 46344

Obviously, there are connections available, it just can't find them...


And I believe this is the actual problem:

View attachment 46345


I guess I need the drivers to make those work...

Got any advise on what to do?
Agree, maybe check the Acer site for drivers..
 

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    16K, 640K max
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justme

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Ok, I got one cd with my lap top. It says it's a "Resource DVD", whatever that's supposed to mean. What resources? Anyway... I got a cd with a lap top that doesn't have a cd-rom, hahahah how's that for irony? :p

I checked it now, doesn't seem to have anything useful on it. I managed to open the CD, and saw some files and folders that mean absolutely nothing to me.

And then my old lap top almost froze up completely, it became completely unresponsive...

Acer is a piece of sh*t... Never again...

Anyway, this is the CD/DVD I'm talking about:

Photo0872.jpg


Anyway, I'll instal Everest on my lap top and see if Everest can get the drivers automatically... I remember a few times when I had issues and Everest came to the rescue, either to download and install the drivers, or to tell me what kind of a driver i need...

Will report...
 

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Everest failed to get the drivers... So now I'm looking around and most of them have support for Windows 7, but not Windows 8...

I'm so f***ing sick and tired of this stupid lap top.
 

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I found a guy on a forum saying that his drivers won't work.

Then a guy told him to try to right-click the driver installation file, chose compatibility, and change it to Windows 7, and install again.

I'm trying that now..
 

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On acer's website for drivers I can find Atheros and Broadcom Wireless Lan drivers.

I tried looking at the website I bough the lap top from, I tried looking with Everest, I tried with device manager, and none tells me if I got atheros or broadcom...

I guess I'll just try them both.
 

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I downloaded the Broadcom drivers first because they're a bit smaller in size, tried to install, it seems to be bluetooth drivers, not wireless lan drivers (even though on the website it says wireless lan drivers)...

So now I'm downloading the atheros drivers...
 

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I fixed it, naturally. It was Aetheros :)

I guess it's time to make it look like Windows 7...


Wow, for some reason, I had to use the PIN found on the router in order to connect, it wouldn't let me with the Security Key which I ALWAYS use with Windows 7... Oh well, at least it got fixed...
 

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Okay, I'm done with everything I wanted to do.

I saved the Windows 8 ISO, and Rufus, the BIOS updates i installed yesterday, the Wireless Lan Drivers, I saved all of it in a folder on my hard disc for my future self... Along with instructions about everything.

Now I'll try to get this going to "downgrade" windows 8 and make it look and function more like Windows 7.

Thanks popeye. :)
 

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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.
 

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    Acer V3 771G-6443
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