DELL XPS 8700 WINDOWS 7 GPT BOOT
Posted on 2013-09-29
I have a dell XPS 8700. The system came with windows 8 preinstalled. I spent 3 minutes with Windows 8 and was frustrated. I don’t have the time or inclination to learn it right now. I want to do the same as I did with XP slowly migrate.
I then proceed to use my Win 7 disk which is separately licensed and can be installed on different machines. I have a Microsoft Action Pack subscription. After the install started I chose advanced and looked through the listed partitions. I wanted to keep the other partitions as backup so I proceeded to install on the main OS partition. Cannot install, GPT partition. I know win 7 64 but supports GPT and I have UEFI hardware. So idiotically I deleted the partition and re-created. Hmm call DELL. After some back and forth language issues etc. Deleting the partitions was bad and unrecoverable. I guess that is why all the warning messages. They’ll send a disk. Not really interested. I have other licenses to cover win 8 should I decide to migrate. I just wanted to see if the original OEM could be saved given the “recovery” partitions
So the real question is. How setup the system to boot windows 7 onto a GPT disk.