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  1. #220

    Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Ultimate

    Yeeaaaaaahhh!!! BIOS update solved my boot problem

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  2. #221

    When I type:

    • confirm-SecureBootUEFI

    I get the message:

    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    PS C:\windows\system32> confirm-SecureBootUEFI
    The term 'confirm-SecureBootUEFI' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, fu
    nction, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if
    a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:23
    + confirm-SecureBootUEFI <<<<
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (confirm-SecureBootUEFI:String)
    [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

    PS C:\windows\system32>

    Please advise.
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  3. #222

    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello OldGrantonian,

    Looks like you have an older version of PowerShell that doesn't support that command.

    OPTION ONE in the tutorial below may also be able to help confirm if you have secure boot enabled or not.

    Secure Boot - Confirm Enabled or Disabled in Windows 8
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  4. #223

    Thanks for your response.

    I must apologize. I had your tutorial open on my company laptop (Win 7), while experimenting on my personal Win 8 laptop.

    The "EUFI unrecognized" message must have come from the Win 7 laptop. I can reproduce that message.

    I've now advanced to the stage where I have a choice:

    Change BOOT mode to

    1) Legacy Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off

    2) EUFI Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off

    Which option should I select here? I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 5720

    I don't want to muddy the waters, but I might later be tempted to install a small Ubuntu partition at the end of the disk to manage disk images. Based on your tutorial, I made a disk image of my Win 8 machine in preparation for the downgrade. It took about an hour. The same volume of data on an old single-cpu Dell XP laptop used to take a lot less time using Linux tools (and I'm not a techie).

    At this stage, will that affect the choice for the boot mode? Maybe I need to change back and forward later on?
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  5. #224

    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10

    In that case, you would want to use the "Legacy Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off" option to use BIOS mode instead of UEFI.
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  6. #225

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    I'm planning to follow this tutorial but I have one problem--I want to install windows 7 onto my SSD rather than my HDD. When I go to select which partition I want to install windows 7 onto, will the SSD show up as an option?
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  7. #226

    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10

    Yes, the SSD should show up to select the same as if it was a HDD.
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  8. #227

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Thanks Brink. I have one more question if you dont mind answering. Im currently in the BIOS and it gives me the following options:

    Secure Boot [Disabled]
    Load Legacy Option ROM [Disabled]
    Boot List Option [UEFI]
    Add Boot Option [Enter]
    Delete Boot Option [Enter]

    Should I enable "Load Legacy Option ROM" or change the Boot List Option from "UEFI" to "Legacy" if secure boot has been turned off? Thanks for your help!
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  9. #228

    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10

    Since your going back to Windows 7, you could just leave it with legacy if you're not installing Windows 7 with UEFI.
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  10. #229

    I've just completed the excellent tutorial. My Windows 7 seems to be working fine.

    I now want to download latest drivers from Dell. They have an application called DellSystemDetect.exe that downloads the recommended drivers, and installs them in the correct sequence.

    Unfortunately, at the moment, my Win 7 has no internet connection. The trouble shooting tool said "Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter". Device Manager shows no adapter.

    I can see my external hard drive, so I could download the correct adapter to my company laptop and transfer it to my Win 7 laptop using the HDD.

    Can you please tell me which driver(s) I need in order to set up an internet connection on my Win 7 laptop.
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