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Please assist me, I'm stuck with windows 8.1 :/

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I had a totally fine, registered windows 7 ultimate, then I decided to install 8.1 for dx 11.1 on a separate ssd. After installing 8.1, I can not get my hardware to recognize the original installation of windows 7.

  • I removed the ssd with 8.1 on it, and rebooted and I get the "unable to find an operating system" screen.
  • I'm also not getting a boot manager, which should allow me to boot to windows 7.
  • I did not use the "upgrade" option, I chose custom install. Also, I found that you can go control panel>system and security>advanced system settings>advanced>startup and recovery and then choose a default operating system, presumably for a boot manager. However, only windows 8.1 shows up.

I chose 8.1 because it's a free trial, and the trial period will expire after the battlefield 4 beta is closed, which is the only reason I got 8 to begin with, dx 11.1. However, I keep getting this "activate now" crap that comes up and minimizes everything else, and I can't just alt-tab out of it. makes gaming... tough.

Additionally, my usb connectivity shuts off for a second every hour or so.

wut do?
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Are you able to boot into your Windows 7 install, or are the "activate now" messages popping up on your Windows 8.1 install?

If you are able to boot into your Windows 7 install, go under My Computer -> System and clock on "Activate Windows". Enter your original Windows 7 CD key to re-activate windows. If that does not work, use the 800 number to activate Windows through Microsoft's automated phone activation system.

If you are not able to boot into Windows 7 at all, make sure you have the correct boot priority order setting in your BIOS.
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I had a totally fine, registered windows 7 ultimate, then I decided to install 8.1 for dx 11.1 on a separate ssd. After installing 8.1, I can not get my hardware to recognize the original installation of windows 7.

    Before you installed Windows 8.1, I hope that you either disconnected the SSD/HDD that had your Windows 7 installation on it, or that you moved it to a different SATA port so that it was no longer device #1.
    If you did that, you should simply be able to reconnect it to SATA1 and set it as the boot device in your BIOS and it should work.
    If you didn't do that, I think Windows 8.1 has probably replaced your Windows 7 BCD (bootloader) with its own.  I may be able to help you repair this, but you'll need a functioning computer that you can connect your Windows 7 SSD/HDD to so that you can modify files on it first.  Alternately, you could reinstall Windows 7 onto your other SSD.  If you forgot (or didn't copy down) the product key for your old Windows 7 installation, there are some free programs that should be able to retrieve it from the old installation for you.  Another possibility is that you could insert your Windows 7 installation disc and run Startup Repair on your system.  It may be able to fix the problem. thumb.gif
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    Before you installed Windows 8.1, I hope that you either disconnected the SSD/HDD that had your Windows 7 installation on it, or that you moved it to a different SATA port so that it was no longer device #1.
    If you did that, you should simply be able to reconnect it to SATA1 and set it as the boot device in your BIOS and it should work.
    If you didn't do that, I think Windows 8.1 has probably replaced your Windows 7 BCD (bootloader) with its own.  I may be able to help you repair this, but you'll need a functioning computer that you can connect your Windows 7 SSD/HDD to so that you can modify files on it first.  Alternately, you could reinstall Windows 7 onto your other SSD.  If you forgot (or didn't copy down) the product key for your old Windows 7 installation, there are some free programs that should be able to retrieve it from the old installation for you.  Another possibility is that you could insert your Windows 7 installation disc and run Startup Repair on your system.  It may be able to fix the problem. thumb.gif
I did not remove the drive that had windows 7 on it. I do however have other computers that I could hook up to the drive that has windows 7. If I searched "repair windows 7 bootloader" would I get anything helpful? If not what should I search? I could also try booting from install disk and repairing.

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    I'm not sure what you would get with a Google search.  For now, I would make sure that the device that you wish to boot from is connected to SATA port 1, and that it is the first boot device (or second to the CD/DVD drive).  Then if it still doesn't boot, try running Startup Repair from your Windows installation disc. thumb.gif
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