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Originally Posted by doomlord52 View Post

So, I'm kind of at a loss of what to do. Windows 8 is pretty bad, so the owner want's to switch to 7.

I can't boot from a USB on this thing - there's no option in BIOS for that, nor is there a boot-option kind of thing. If I make a bootable USB (it has no DVD drive), and try to install while in Windows, it'll get to the third step, restart, and say it can't install because it's not a valid authorization or signature (It's a valid copy of Windows 7). Since I can't find a way to boot from a USB, I don't feel comfortable doing a format C:/ and skipping any problems caused by Windows 8.

may the universe have mercy on me but, i'm guessing this > http://startisback.com/ < isn't an option? if all else fails i do have a solution! I learned a nice little trick working with some POS systems which have NOTHING but, a hard drive i had to learn how to install an os with NO usb, floppy, or cd. this being an ewer sata laptop i also have a second little trick that should work.

EDIT: you will need to be able to boot off a sata hdd or sdd to pull this off, and you will need a second computer or a second sata hdd or ssd, that you can copy files to.
Edited by cdoublejj - 8/7/13 at 8:42pm
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post #12 of 26
A guy downgraded to Win 7 a Vivo S400:

"1. Enter Bios settings by holding down the F2 key at startup (when you see the asus logo)
2. Now in the bios switch to the Security Tab/Menu
3. At the very bottom you will see an option called "Secure Boot Control". Disable that.
4. Now, switch to the "Boot" menu
5. Under boot configuration you will see an option called "Launch CSM". IF you don't enable this you won't be able to see you Hard Drive.
6. Now save setting and exit by pressing F10
7. Insert your bootable usb copy of Windows 7 or use an USB External DVD drive (I used this)
8. At startup press the ESC key this will bring the Boot up Menu.
9. Select the boot device that contains windows 7 and let it load completely."

The rest of it:

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/asus-vivobook-s400ca/4852-3121_7-35547535.html
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post #13 of 26
doomlord, the Start8 application has a 30 day trial. It can be customized quite a bit, from the Start Menu icon to disabling the hot corners. (Top Left, Bottom Left and Top Right) Download for them and have the person test it out for a week. I promise, if they can keep an open mind, they'll love it just as much as I do.

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by ar3f View Post

A guy downgraded to Win 7 a Vivo S400:

"1. Enter Bios settings by holding down the F2 key at startup (when you see the asus logo)
2. Now in the bios switch to the Security Tab/Menu
3. At the very bottom you will see an option called "Secure Boot Control". Disable that.
4. Now, switch to the "Boot" menu
5. Under boot configuration you will see an option called "Launch CSM". IF you don't enable this you won't be able to see you Hard Drive.
6. Now save setting and exit by pressing F10
7. Insert your bootable usb copy of Windows 7 or use an USB External DVD drive (I used this)
8. At startup press the ESC key this will bring the Boot up Menu.
9. Select the boot device that contains windows 7 and let it load completely."

The rest of it:

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/asus-vivobook-s400ca/4852-3121_7-35547535.html
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Originally Posted by doomlord52 View Post

I did ALL of that, but as soon as I select `boot from usb', it gives the error I stated above (EFI\Microsoft, etc...).

I looked through all of the BIOS - everything is off. I couldn't find launch CSM though. Could it be under a different name?



/edit

It's not me that likes/hates it; it's the owner of the laptop (it's not mine - I'm just doing this for them). They don't like the whole tiles thing - they just want the start bar, one 'area' to work in, etc.

Looks like it's under boot configuration. Could be something with the name "Legacy" in it too.

Also, you can get the owners laptop to boot directly to the desktop with these apps. Also, they get the start button with these apps. I'd tell the owner that the laptop is a massive PITA to downgrade and that the start apps are a better solution as they can be reversed/uninstalled with Windows releases the final cut of 8.1 and Windows will do this native for the most part. I'd also tell them that upon investigation Windows 8 is the superior OS for their laptop as the notebook is a touchscreen as well (am I correct that it's touchscreen?).

I really want to help you but without seeing your particular bios its very hard.

One thing I could suggest is take a screen shot of every bios screen with a camera and post back here. Another is to try posting this problem in http://www.eightforums.com/. They may have run into your particular notebook before.
Edited by andydviking - 8/8/13 at 6:09am
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by doomlord52 View Post

I did ALL of that, but as soon as I select `boot from usb', it gives the error I stated above (EFI\Microsoft, etc...).

I looked through all of the BIOS - everything is off. I couldn't find launch CSM though. Could it be under a different name?


/edit

It's not me that likes/hates it; it's the owner of the laptop (it's not mine - I'm just doing this for them). They don't like the whole tiles thing - they just want the start bar, one 'area' to work in, etc.

startisback can be had for $3. its a very customizable traditional start menu that boots to desktop so you never have to see metro tiles ever again
post #16 of 26
wait until 8.1 comes out. Maybe you'll like the customizations betters
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wait until 8.1 comes out. Maybe you'll like the customizations betters

8.1 only gives you a button not the menu
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8.1 only gives you a button not the menu

QFT.

Have a computer here running 8.1 Preview and I'm already starting to foresee RAEG reactions by some of the folks who wanted that Start button back in Windows 8. This folk most probably equate having the Start button back to also have the Start Menu back. biggrin.gif
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Wondering if the OP got this sorted?
post #20 of 26
I totally feel the op's pain on this. I just went through this on a lappy for a friend. MS really went out of their way to shove 8 down their customer's throats. I will hold out as long as I can on win 7...

Secure boot..Jeez!. Way too much like Apple's deathgrip on their stuff. No thanks! Why would you force a touchscreen OS on a laptop that doesn't have a touchscreen?
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