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post #1 of 12
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So i bought a HP envy 15 in shanghai (china) last year... for university

the problem:

I was getting sick of all the HP bloatware and half of the laptop being in chinese so i decided i will install w7 onto the laptop. The problems started happening when i tried booting from a USB... i fixed this however after researching a bit. Now that i can boot from a USB even more problems are arising.. first of all i cannot install windows7 onto an partition because they are not compatiable. I then used tuxboot to wipe all partitions off the laptop and wanted to start afresh. Now that i did this i had no more OS on my laptop and wanted to simply install w7 from a usb onto my laptop. Well now i still cannot install to any partition and im now stuck with an expensive paperweight...

Please someone help me!! Im at the edge of my nerves and school starts again in 3 weeks so im pretty much stuck with my phone and a laptop which doesnt work!!


again any help would be so good please!!!!
post #2 of 12
Find or buy a USB DvD-Rom drive to install Windows from using a disc. If not, reformat the flash drive and drop the ISO on there with Universal USB Installer.

Also, see if you can even view the USB drive in the BIOs. If you can, boot from the USB by usually pressing F11 during post/boot up of the laptop. [it may be another key altogether.]
http://os4you.org/fileadmin/wikis/usb-boot/USB-Boot-BIOS-Startup-Sequence.png

Good luck! Let us know it goes.
 
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post #3 of 12
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ive tried all that... but it wont let me install because the partitions are not the right format.... :/
post #4 of 12
If nothing works you can always just buy and install a new hard drive.
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post #5 of 12
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true :/ .... but i wasnt planning on doing that...
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Regarding "partitions not the right format", you should strip the drive of all partitions. There's a way to get into the normal graphical Disk Management program on the installation media. Delete all partitions and try to run the installation again on the completely empty drive.

If it still does not want to work, try converting the drive to the old "MBR" partitioning instead of the new "GPT". You can do this in Disk Management if you right-click in the lower half of the window where it say "Disk 0". The menu option is grayed out if there are partitions on the drive, so you will have to delete all partitions first.

In the BIOS, you might have to experiment with various options. You might have to disable things like USB 3.0, disable UEFI boot or enable some sort of "legacy" stuff or the "CSM = compatibility support module". That's because you are trying to use Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.
post #8 of 12
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im now trying to boot with w8.1 and still no luck but ill continue to play around with it and see what i can figure out... thanks for all the help! thumb.gif
post #9 of 12
Regarding 8.1, you might want to try to restore to default BIOS settings if you played around with it a lot. I'd guess they would have set up the default settings so that everything works.

I don't quite remember how you get to the Disk Management program. I think there's a button or something that looks like a link on that screen of the installation program where you are asked to select the target volume. Clean the drive completely and let Windows 8 work on a completely empty drive. It wants to create a whole bunch of strange small partitions and needs empty space to do that. The drive should be configured to use "GPT" partitioning, not the old "MBR".
post #10 of 12
get an USB WinPE, that will make your life a lot easier
boot from that, then partition your HDD again, then install OS again as usual
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