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Operating system boot mode change? (when upgrading from windows 8 to windows 7)

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I want to upgrade my laptop from windows 8, to windows 7. Yes to me, that's an excellent upgrade. I tried windows 8, and its not for me. I like windows 7, so that's what I'm going to use. No I am not interested in windows 10. The laptop is an HP G6 I bought new in 2014. Haven't used it much, but I recently started using it again due to work and school changes.

But if I didn't know better, I'd say this damn thing is resisting me at every turn. I couldn't even get it to boot from the CD drive to install windows 7 from a disc. So I took the HDD out of the laptop, put it in my gaming rig, and formatted it. Hoping to kill all this HP "recovery and help" BS that it kept wanting to go into instead of the bios. What happened to the days where you just selected a boot device, and it did what you told it to do?

So I went ahead and installed Windows 7 on the HDD, with the HDD still in my gaming rig. Once it was finished, I took it out and popped it back into the laptop. The laptop then said "Selected boot image did not authenticate". It sounds like they really don't want you ditching windows 8. So I read up on that, and it said to go into the bios, and turn off something called "secure boot". I did that, and saved and exited the bios. Now I'm getting just a black screen with this message saying:

"Operating system boot mode change

A change to the operating system Secure Boot mode is pending. Please enter the pass code displayed below to complete the change.

Operating system boot mode change (021)

2954 + ENTER to complete the change

ESC - Continue without change

For more information, please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup"



But it gives no indication of where this number is to be entered. Its not on that screen, because you can't enter anything there. All it will actually let you do, is press escape and throws you back into the "This boot manager did not authenticate" loop. Which just shuts off the computer after you hit "Ok". Sigh... is this by design? Are they deliberately foiling attempts to install windows 7, for a reason? I have never in my life had this much trouble installing a new operating system. Anyone have any idea how to make all this stop, and get it to just accept the new operating system?
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disable secure boot in bios.
it should be an option in there.
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If you had a windows 7 disc you should have just installed it from the disc within windows 8 rather than format and stuff
Some laptops bioses dont work at all and ignore boot priorities
But if you can turn off boot priorites and set the dvd drive as the default boot device it will either boot to the disc or it will say push any key to boot to the dvd drive otherwise you may not have a bootable windows disk and instead have an "upgrade disk" which has no boot data and requires to be oened within windows to install it
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I did that, but then what do you do? That is my problem. I also enabled legacy support.

I just started spamming escape, and it let me boot into windows 7 finally. It gave me a little menu and I just selected "Boot OS HDD normally", and as if by magic, it chose to start working.

F@#K you intel for this UEFI BS. Its all due to the UEFI, which is their attempt to save us from ourselves, and force windows 8 and above on us.

I still have no guarantee that it will permanently boot up, as the bios settings don't like to stick. I'm scared to even turn off the computer, as I may never be able to get it to load Windows 7 again.
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An update:

Alright well I finally managed to get it to boot into windows 7, on the desired laptop. But it still doesn't just jump right into loading windows 7. You have to go through this whole process which involves going into the bios every time, and turning on legacy support. The setting doesn't stick, so you have to do it every time. It just turns Legacy support right back off, when you turn off the computer. So from the computer being off with the lid closed, this is what you have to do:

1. Open the lid and press the power button.

2. Get some weird error message saying that you need to "Install an OS on your Hard drive".

3. Press F10 and go into the bios. Now go over to "System configuration" and go down to "Boot options".

4. Go into boot options, and turn on legacy support. This turns OFF "Secure boot", by default. You can't mess with secure boot now.

5. Press F10, and save and exit the bios. Computer restarts.

6. Get that same dumb error message, telling you to that you need to install an OS on the hard drive. Windows 7 is already installed of course.

7. Press escape.

8. A few options appear, of things you can boot into. I'd be really surprised if any of them actually worked if you tried. Anyway for some strange reason, you use the arrow keys and go down to "System Recovery" and press enter.

9. Winows 7 loads, and functions normally.


What is causing all of this? Why won't windows 7 just load up as soon as you hit the power button? Why do I have to go through all these steps, just to get it to boot normally?
Edited by PhotonFanatic - 1/19/16 at 4:42pm
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post #6 of 6
there must be something wrong with your laptop if it doesnt save your setting.
windows 7 supports uefi. no need for legacy.
windows 7 does not support secure boot. need to turn it off.
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