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I picked up an Asus S46CM-DH51 Ultra book last month.

It is a pretty decent laptop with the exception that I absolutely hate Windows 8. I find it sluggish and non user friendly, putting it mildly.

I had a look on the Asus website and all of the Windows 7 drivers are listed as available for the device.


A couple of questions:

Will there be an issue with using an OEM Windows 7 to reformat and reload this device?

I could care less about all the extra crap that is included with the laptop and it looks like regardless pretty much everything is available for independent download.

The hard drive is formatted in two sectors, Will I be able to remove both and create a single drive ??(and is it smart to do so?). The laptop comes with a 24GB SSD and a 1 TB mechanical drive. Will installation of Windows 7 be an issue?

Will the auto restore feature (Which I assume is buried somewhere in one of the hard drive sectors) be an issue? I would obviously be removing it during the format.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post

I picked up an Asus S46CM-DH51 Ultra book last month.

It is a pretty decent laptop with the exception that I absolutely hate Windows 8. I find it sluggish and non user friendly, putting it mildly.

I had a look on the Asus website and all of the Windows 7 drivers are listed as available for the device.


A couple of questions:

Will there be an issue with using an OEM Windows 7 to reformat and reload this device?

I could care less about all the extra crap that is included with the laptop and it looks like regardless pretty much everything is available for independent download.

The hard drive is formatted in two sectors, Will I be able to remove both and create a single drive ??(and is it smart to do so?). The laptop comes with a 24GB SSD and a 1 TB mechanical drive. Will installation of Windows 7 be an issue?

Will the auto restore feature (Which I assume is buried somewhere in one of the hard drive sectors) be an issue? I would obviously be removing it during the format.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

As long as the OEM Win 7 is new, no issues.

Extra crap is extra CRAP, don't worry about it.

Windows 7 will give you the option to delete those partitions when you install, so that won't be an issue either. This also negates the auto-restore issue.

Before you start doing this though, is this a copy of windows 8 PRO? Because if it is, you have DOWNGRADE rights to windows 7 PRO. Check this. http://www.howtogeek.com/133168/how-to-downgrade-windows-8-pro-to-windows-7/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=070113&utm_content=emailsidebar

I would also take the time to backup your windows 8 OEM, just in case you ever want to use it again, without paying for new copy thumb.gif
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How do i determine which version of Windows 8 is on the laptop?

I know how to check in Win 7 but Win 8 no clue.


Edited by Robilar - 1/25/13 at 12:27pm
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get to command prompt and type "winver"
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I recently bought a Asus Q200E and was wondering the same thing. The only thing I think that will be an issue is the drivers, same state they are only for WIndows 8. Things like the Intel video drivers and such shouldn't be an issue but Asus has a habit of building in little chips that do a specific task and don't write drivers for them other than the OS it came with.

I have been looking at Start8 from Stardock and am going to try it out this afternoon. It adds the norma start menu back in to Windows 8 and from the vids and reviews seems very good. I have also added the desktop gadgets back to! thumb.gif
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Check the Asus downloads site. My unit has both windows 7 and windows 8 drivers (the first thing I checked before considering this).

I am in the process of creating the backup recovery USB in case I decide to do this.
Edited by Robilar - 1/25/13 at 1:07pm
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Nice, mine only has Win8 drivers etc for now.
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Well, I am going for it, fingers crossed redface.gif

Downloaded all of the windows 7 drivers (600 MB worth from Asus), backed up the laptop on a USB stick.

Still expecting something to go wrong....
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Well, I am going for it, fingers crossed redface.gif

Downloaded all of the windows 7 drivers (600 MB worth from Asus), backed up the laptop on a USB stick.

Still expecting something to go wrong....

if it can go wrong it will...... not to be pessimistic.
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Well so far so good, I updated the bios before starting and removing all of the partitions. Loading Win 7 on the SSD.

I expect issues when it comes time to load the 27 drivers....

Just finished Win7 install, what a difference. It's much faster. Now to load the drivers.


One issue though, the 24 GB SSD is showing up as the primary drive and the 1 GB mechanical is showing up as secondary.

How do I merge them?
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