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I have a new HP Envy 4 Ulra laptop that came with Windows 8 . I want to  install Windows 7 PR instead. After figuring out how to get it to boot from a USB 2.0 device and how get the driver for the storage because it did not find one, it would not install because it said the drives were GPT drives. Is there a way around this?
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by:DaKrash
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Have you tried to convert the drive to MBR Disk? In the computer management console under Disk management?
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by:rindi
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Install the 64bit version of Windows 7. Then it should have no problem with a GPT disk.
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by:George-
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What is the exact model?
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by:InSearchOf
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The laptop does not boot up now because I deleted the parttiton and recreated it to get around the error. Since I cannot bring up the original OS,  I cannot convert the partition using computer management.
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As I have already mentioned several times, use a 64 bit version of Windows 7. That can be installed to GPT disks and the UEFI can also be enabled. It's just the 32 bit version that needs to be installed to an MBR disk. 64 bit versions of Windows 7 for example supports RAM above 4GB, which the 32 bit versions don't. The windows key works for both, 32 and 64 bit OS's, as long as it is the same OS (Windows 7 Pro if your key is for pro like in your Question).
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by:ded9
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Disable secure boot option in bios and then try installing.



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by:rindi
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He's done that already, he wouldn't be able to from the DVD/USB stick otherwise ot get as far as the message that he has a GPT disk.
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by:ded9
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Ohh...ok ..sorry about that

Post model number of you HP ultrabook...for e.g HP ENVY Ultrabook 4-1102tx



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Ok. I got it going. I used Diskpart to clear it. Thanks for all the help.
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