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Windows 8 Pro downgrade to Windows 7 Pro

Posted on 2013-01-20
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Hi Guys,

Have just bought a new ASUS laptop.
It has windows 8 pro installed to which I wish to remove and install win 7 pro.

I am having all sorts of trouble trying to do this.

I don't seem to be able to put disk in and boot from it.

I can put disk in while laptop running and chose to install.
All seems to be going well and then after about 10 min just turns around and says cant install and rolls back to the windows 8 install.

Any one else had issues and know how to sort?

Cheers
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Question by:320adel
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

> I don't seem to be able to put disk in and boot from it
Why are you unable? What is happening? Did you tell your machine to boot from CD? Did you try booting other DVDs for a test?

If I were you, I would use this tool to produce a bootable USB drive and install win7 from that.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
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by:John Hurst
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Don't forget you need to disable Secure Boot (EUFI) and may need to change the boot order in the BIOS.  That should allow you to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:320adel
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Hi,

I have a ASUS R501v.

In bios the only boot for dc/dvd rom drive is the UEFI.
If i disable this then there is no other option for cd/dvd rom boot.

I do see you can "create" boot options but when I try this it asks to select filesystem, path for boot option.

Tried to create one with what I thought may work but nope.
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by:Merete
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I'm going offer this brilliant guide credit to him for sending it to me..
Downgrade rights are only available on computers that come with Windows 8 Pro.
If you’re using a new computer that came with Windows 8, you'll probably have to enter your computer’s UEFI settings screen and enable the Legacy boot option, not the UEFI boot option. Consult your computer’s manual for more information.
Read on.
How to Downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7
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Tony Giangreco earned 250 total points
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Yes, I agree with ThinkPadsUser, check the Secure Boot option in Bios. That's a new option with Windows 8.
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by:John Hurst
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Was there some issue with the same suggestion posted earlier?
.... Thinkpads_User
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