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I'm helping a friend downgrading her HP Pavilion G7 to Win7. I already disabled the secure boot in bios, but it still won't boot the Win7 installation disc. From what I can find, I need to take out the HDD and format it in another computer then put it back in. Is this the only way? Thanks.
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1. try changing boot priority
2. usually most bios give you the option to select which device to boot from, you can hit pause to pause a screen in boot up to look at options
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I changed the boot priority to disc drive first, I can hear the disc spin up, but it still boots into Windows 8. Thanks for the reply.

Edit: So I reformatted the main partition of the hdd, still didn't work. Windows 8 will try to repair as soon as it boots. I'm going put that hdd in my rig then install Windows 7 there, then put it back to the laptop then install the drivers on the laptop. I will buy a hardware flasher if that's what it takes to install Win7 on a Win8 laptop, this **** is rediculous!

Edit2: So I deleted the stuff in the Recovery partition too, I also enabled legacy mode in the bios, now it boots into the Win7 installation disc, but Win7 won't install. So looks like installing Win7 on another comp then moving it back to the laptop is my only option.
Edited by awdrifter - 3/26/13 at 11:47pm
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I changed the boot priority to disc drive first, I can hear the disc spin up, but it still boots into Windows 8. Thanks for the reply.

Edit: So I reformatted the main partition of the hdd, still didn't work. Windows 8 will try to repair as soon as it boots. I'm going put that hdd in my rig then install Windows 7 there, then put it back to the laptop then install the drivers on the laptop. I will buy a hardware flasher if that's what it takes to install Win7 on a Win8 laptop, this **** is rediculous!

Edit2: So I deleted the stuff in the Recovery partition too, I also enabled legacy mode in the bios, now it boots into the Win7 installation disc, but Win7 won't install. So looks like installing Win7 on another comp then moving it back to the laptop is my only option.

Just out of curiosity with the disk in and just after you push the power button, did you tap any key on the keyboard repeatedly? smile.gif

Sometimes the press any key to boot from DVD will appear very briefly on newer computers due to the insanely fast boot times. mad.gif
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Yes, I kept hitting space bar during boot. I plugged the hdd into my comp, it still won't install Win7. Looks like it's locked at the hdd level. I tried deleting and recreating that partition, but it still give me the same error message. I think it would work if I have another hdd, install Win7 on her laptop with that hdd, then create an image then image her original hdd. It is rediculous how far Microsoft will go to prevent downgrading.

This is the error message that I received.
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So I finally got it to work. I need to turn off secure boot, enable legacy model, set the legacy boot order to be internal CD-Rom first. Remove the hdd and plug it into another computer, use EaseUS Partition Master to repartition the drive as 1 partition only. Then put in the Windows 7 installation disc. Now Win7 will install on the laptop.
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So I finally got it to work. I need to turn off secure boot, enable legacy model, set the legacy boot order to be internal CD-Rom first. Remove the hdd and plug it into another computer, use EaseUS Partition Master to repartition the drive as 1 partition only. Then put in the Windows 7 installation disc. Now Win7 will install on the laptop.

This would have also done it: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/52129-disk-clean-clean-all-diskpart-command.html
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