Hey all. Running windows 10 on my current rig because i like it for everyday tasks and gaming. But for my audio production software, windows 7 is better. My rig came shipped with windows 7 and 10 installation media, so i am trying to install windows 7 on one of my SSDs. My case does not have an optical drive so i just picked up a highly reviewed cute little LG portable DVD-RW drive. USB powered. Reviews on amazon had people saying they used it regularly as boot disc drive for reformats and installs.
When I boot from the W7 dvd inside this new drive, it gets past "setup is loading files" then it gets to the screen that says "Starting Windows" and just hangs there indefinitely. the external optical drive eventually just stops accessing the DVD as well. The little glowing windows 7 logo is still being animated so it's not a full freeze but it never gets past this.
i already tried going to my bios (MSI X99S gaming 7) and changed boot mode from UEFI to UEFI + Legacy to no avail.
Intel Core i7 2670QM @ 2.20GHz
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3
1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M (Lenovo)
465GB Seagate ST9500420AS (SATA)
AUDIO: Scarlett 2i2 USB