I'm attempting to install Windows 7 as a dual boot on my Clevo based laptop, but I'm unable to get it past the "Starting Windows" loading page after the installation has rebooted for the first time.
The laptop is from 2016 and shipped with Windows 10. It does not have official Windows 7 drivers, so in other words; W7 is not officially supported.
The Windows 7 image I'm installing has all the latest updates up until Feb 2020.
Anyway, I've attempted disabling UEFI in BIOS, but then I can't see any of my drives, causing the PC to PXE boot instead. I don't see any CSM related settings in BIOS.
I've also tried hitting F8 during boot and start in Safe Mode (Networking), but then the PC hangs at "Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys"
I wonder if it's a lost cause and I should just give up attempting to install Windows 7 on this laptop.
In case you're wondering, I need 7 to run specific software I have. Said software does not run well in virtualized environments.
- Motherboard: Notebook P65_P67RGRERA (U3E1)
- CPU: Intel Core I7-6700HQ Skylake
- RAM: Kingston 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM
- SSD(1): Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2 <- W10 Install
- SSD(2): Samsung 840 EVO 256 GB Regular SSD <- W7 Install
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX980m 8GB GDDR5
- WLAN: Intel 8260 DualBand AC
- Monitor: 17.3” FullHD IPS LED /w G-Sync
Any ideas and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!