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Windows 7 wont install.

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys/Girls.

I've come unstuck, I've recently bought a new laptop a Toshiba Satellite C850 and its a great laptop with a I3 processor 6gb ram and 750gb HDD.

Perfect for my daily needs............ Except it came preloaded with Windows 8.

I've tried my best to get on with it but after a month I cant do it any more tongue.gif

I got a copy of windows 7 for £25 at work so I just want to install it but every time It goes to do it, it crashed on the loading screen (The Microsoft logo where it comes in 4 balls and expands into the logo)

it just locks up all together, the caps lock/num lock keys respond, I've given it half a hour to see if it will unstick and no joy, its running the newest bios update (installed today to see if it would help the situation but still no change)

I've got no idea how to get around this as its been a long time since I've had this problem.

Thanks people! thumb.gif
post #2 of 8
I honestly don't know much about this, but I'm wondering if the problem has to do with the Windows 8 TPM? Something where you can't change the basic structure of the hard drive due to a Microsoft security layer that was implemented with Windows 8 devices.

I'm just musing here, but maybe if you were to go to BIOS and turn off the "Secure Boot" option, that would allow you install an alternative OS?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi, Sorry I forgot to mention I've turned that off already due to it stopping me from even booting from the window 7 disk.

Tried again and still no joy.

Any other idea's anyone?

Thanks smile.gif
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by ryanbob1234 View Post

Hi, Sorry I forgot to mention I've turned that off already due to it stopping me from even booting from the window 7 disk.

Tried again and still no joy.

Any other idea's anyone?

Thanks smile.gif

Well, that's good to know at least! smile.gif

I did some Googling, and I found this thread, which might be of help to you: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1483841

Some basic suggestions:

Make sure your BIOS is set to default, and especially the RAM timings/voltage. That being tweaked could possibly cause instability. You may even want to update your BIOS to the latest version so you can be absolutely sure your firmware is as stable as possible.

Also, you might try different configurations with the SODIMMS. There's not a whole lot of hardware you can change on a laptop, but that may possibly allow you to "get past" the crash spot just enough for an install. smile.gif
post #5 of 8
What is the media you are using to install Windows 7? Is it a USB drive? An original windows DVD? A burned DVD? My guess is that you might be trying to install a version of Windows that doesn't have EFI boot files, and your laptop is set to EFI mode. Look in your BIOS and try to find any option related to EFI/UEFI/GPT and try disabling and then reinstalling. Or if you can't find those options, and you aren't using an original Windows DVD (the original DVD's should have both sets of files) then you need to specifically make an installation media that is for EFI computers and not normal MBR setups.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks that's got me onto the screen where I can install now I'm getting, "failed to install due to gpt partition style"

Going to download vista boot disk and completely wipe the drive as its windows 8 stopping me 😊

Got it all sorted ran kill disk for 2 mins (just to remove the win 8 lock on the HDD) got windows 7 installed and sorted now.

Thanks guys both repped! smile.gif

Mods feel free to close. thumb.gif
Edited by ryanbob1234 - 8/11/13 at 4:24pm
post #7 of 8
Glad you got it sorted smile.gif Sounds like it was a headache and a half trying to get it working!
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
It took 4 days in total to get it to install tongue.gif

Never have I come across a operating system that put up such a fight to stop being un-installed lol.

Most people who have this problem just buy a new HDD but I refused to give up on the problem.
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