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  1. #90


    Posts : 7
    W8


    I do not have access to the BIOS or CSM to do that

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  2. #91


    Posts : 7
    W8


    Theog,

    I tried step 3 and it will not take me anywhere. As soon as the PC boots, the "Operating System Not Found" shows up almost instantly.

    Luckily, I made a Sony system Restore disk, which allows me to use the recovery settings, but nothing works in the dashboard except for command prompt. Any type of recovery I try to initiate fails due to no windows being not recognized or present. This all happened when I disabled the UEFI firmware. And now that option also does not show up in the Sony Dashboard/Recovery area.

    I need some serious help with this otherwise I just flushed down $900!

    Thanks!
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  3. #92


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by zee007 View Post
    I do not have access to the BIOS or CSM to do that
    This all happened when I disabled the UEFI firmware.
    Reset to ENABLED.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sony
    1.With the computer powered off, press the Assist button to enter the VAOCare Rescue Mode Boot screen.
    2.Select the ‘Start BIOS setup [F2]’ option to proceed to the system BIOS.
    3.Once inside the InsydeH2O Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to select the ‘Boot’ list.
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  4. #93


    Posts : 7
    W8


    You are the man!

    So I'm back to where I was (W8).

    I tried the entire process to boot from USB for UEFI and I had ran into 2 issues:

    1. B) Having the free program 7-Zip installed, right click on the sources\install.wim file on the USB, and click/tap on 7-Zip and Open archive. (see screenshot below)

    I do not know what you want me to do here? Look for that specific file and.....


    2. I could not find this file anywhere in my W7 Files: sources\install.wim\1\Windows\Boot\EFI\bootmgfw.egi


    Thanks for all your help Theog!!
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  5. #94


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    11. If Using 64-bit Windows 7

    NOTE: Thank you to theog for this step. You do not need to do this step unless you are creating a 64-bit Windows 7 UEFI USB. If not, then go to step 12 below instead.

    A) On the USB flash drive, copy the efi\microsoft\boot folder up one level into the efi folder as efi\boot. (see screenshot below)


    B) Having the free program 7-Zip installed, right click on the sources\install.wim file on the USB, and click/tap on 7-Zip and Open archive. (see screenshot below)


    C) In 7-Zip, navigate to and "Copy" the sources\install.wim\1\Windows\Boot\EFI\bootmgfw.egi file to your desktop, and close 7-Zip. (see screenshot below)


    D) Rename the bootmgfw.egi file on your desktop to bootx64.efi.

    E) Copy/Move the renamed bootx64.efi file into the efi/boot folder (step 11A) on the USB.

    Are you a MS Windows 7 x64 DVD.
    If you have a DVD Drive, you can use the DVD.
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  6. #95


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    Thank you for this, pulling a lot of diverse information from multiple sources.

    The joy of getting W8 Off my nice shiny Toshiba is unbounded. I REALLY did try out W8. It was AWFUL!

    Keep up the good work.
    I had a new Lenovo Z580 which had W8 on It but I could not access the bios or turn off secure boot. To turn off secure boot you MUST put a password in the bios/EUFA. IF you do that you will never get to BIOS or Eufa using F2 or F12. Indeed Lenovo's own website says F1 and F10 which is Completely wrong!
    It had to go back!
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  7. #96


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by NickMoulsdale View Post
    Thank you for this, pulling a lot of diverse information from multiple sources.

    The joy of getting W8 Off my nice shiny Toshiba is unbounded. I REALLY did try out W8. It was AWFUL!

    Keep up the good work.
    I had a new Lenovo Z580 which had W8 on It but I could not access the bios or turn off secure boot. To turn off secure boot you MUST put a password in the bios/EUFA. IF you do that you will never get to BIOS or Eufa using F2 or F12. Indeed Lenovo's own website says F1 and F10 which is Completely wrong!
    It had to go back!
    Welcome to EightForums.

    For Lenovo.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    2.Insert the Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.
    3.Press F10 to save the Setup Utility configuration changes. The computer restarts and the recovery program opens. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin the recovery process.

    Lenovo Support Express - Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions
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  8. #97


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    Thanks for that, BUT it doesn't work on my Z580. First the discs have to be purcased from Lenovo at $ 40. Then they will not do anything UNLESS you have NOT followed the LENOVO website instructions which lock up the BIOS/EUFI.

    How can Lenovo have W7 Downgrade instructions from W8 that have wrong access key (s) as in F1 and F10 when its F2 and F12?

    Please note Its Lenovo support that broke it with incorrect info both on line and verbally.
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  9. #98


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by NickMoulsdale View Post
    Thanks for that, BUT it doesn't work on my Z580. First the discs have to be purcased from Lenovo at $ 40. Then they will not do anything UNLESS you have NOT followed the LENOVO website instructions which lock up the BIOS/EUFI.

    How can Lenovo have W7 Downgrade instructions from W8 that have wrong access key (s) as in F1 and F10 when its F2 and F12?

    Please note Its Lenovo support that broke it with incorrect info both on line and verbally.

    UEFI install guide using USB drive for Lenovo X120e.
    UEFI install guide using USB drive for Lenovo X120e. - YouTube
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  10. #99


    Posts : 3
    win8


    Hello,

    My boss just bought an hp pavilion g7-2200et with win8-x64 and wanted me to downgrade it to win7-x86. I have been formatting pcs since i was a child and i have an average knowledge. The thing which makes me afraid of going forward is mostly its because the computer belongs to my boss not to me, which stops me from doing aggressive stuff. The situation i am in is this: The laptop does not have any cds(neither windows nor driver). I have made a recovery disc(4 discs actually) from the hp recovery thingie therefore i can proceed without hesitation with the deleting/creating partition process right? and the other thing is will i be able to find 32 bit drivers for the current hardware of this pc? Most of the people on forums who has hp laptops downgraded had found out that windows found some of their hardware, they managed to install some win8 drivers without problem and the rest manually, i am all for that but tbh i am still a bit afraid if i should proceed or not, therefore i wanted to ask your opinion before proceeding.

    Thanks in advance, hope you will reply soon
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