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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 02:21 AM - Thread Starter
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Unable to Install Windows 7 on Laptop

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"
Photo: https://i.imgur.com/DiKzV3e.jpg

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.

Specs:
- 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!

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 06:23 AM
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Hi,
Remove the m.2 with win-10 on it.

Are you using dvd or usb installer ?
You'd likely have better luck with dvd installer that would force legacy if you have a burner that is.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Remove the m.2 with win-10 on it.

Are you using dvd or usb installer ?
You'd likely have better luck with dvd installer that would force legacy if you have a burner that is.
Removing the M.2 drive would be a larger project, are you sure this would be required?

The Windows 7 installation is based on an .iso, which I use Rufus on to create a bootable USB.
I have also tried copying the contents of said bootable USB onto the drive of installation and then just initiating the setup from the current Windows 10 installation, but the problem remains the same.

The initial step of booting up into the installation works fine, it's after the first restart I get stuck in the "Starting Windows" loading screen.

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Hi,
Without removing the m.2 with 10 on it look into using vmware or win-10 virtual machine features.
7 would have to be installed first then win-10 can be installed or reinstalling the m.2

M.2 uses secure boot you'd likely also have to delete/ clear any loaded secure boot keys installed.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Without removing the m.2 with 10 on it look into using vmware or win-10 virtual machine features.
7 would have to be installed first then win-10 can be installed or reinstalling the m.2

M.2 uses secure boot you'd likely also have to delete/ clear any loaded secure boot keys installed.
Secure Boot has always been off though, also during my time of using W10.

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Hi,
That's good but I'm referring to after the m.2 is removed not while it's installed.

But yeah if it's too tough to remove the m.2
Just copy and paste the win-7 iso onto the other ssd and point vmware to it as the vm location.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
That's good but I'm referring to after the m.2 is removed not while it's installed.

But yeah if it's too tough to remove the m.2
Just copy and paste the win-7 iso onto the other ssd and point vmware to it as the vm location.
My problem is the software I need to run in a Windows 7 environment is not running well in VM, I've already tested as VM via Oracle Virtualbox (with guest additions, etc.).
That being said, if you have better VM solutions then please do share.

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Hi,
Win-10 also has vm features think vmware is better but often gets messed up because of win-10 updates.

Only way I see even a possibility of installing win-7 in efi mode is with win-10 removed.

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Windows 7 does not support nvme native IIRC, but you should be able to install it on your SATA drive. Usually there is a bios setting to change the storage drive controller to something that will work with windows 7, but it's possible your laptop does not have that ability.

If you want to wipe your m.2 drive you can simply load the windows 10 installer and when it gets to the part where it ask you where you want to install it, you can delete all the partitions on the m.2 drive from there and then simply turn the laptop off and try again with windows 7, though it does not make sense to me why you would need to wipe the drive first.

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Problem is win-10 self defense and the fact win-7 uefi install is already difficult to do without win-10 in the way.

You could create a system image of the win-10 install to a removable hdd/... then create the recovery winpe usb or cd recovery media, test the recovery media and after format the m.2

Easier to remove the m.2 can't be that tough and nothing changes on the current install.

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Optical Drive
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evga 1200-P2
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D5 pump reservoir combo/ GTX280/ VRM block/ GTX280/ D5 top/ CPU block/ GPU block/ Mora 360/ repeat.
Cooling
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Case
corsair 450D with added 2nd floor to house radiator on top
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