GPT, Windows 8, and a headache
Posted on 2014-02-20
One of my clients purchased a new Dell 14" laptop with Win 8.1 pre-loaded. She works for the DoD and works from home. Her access is through a secure card reader on her end to access 2 work specific websites. Under Win 8, one of the websites doesn't work. Her I.T. support people said the site that that particular web pages attaches to is not optimized for use by Win 8 (is that even possible? I understand a browser, but not a page). So, they sent her a brand spanking new copy of Win 7 with instructions as to installing it. The client got to the partition screen on Win 7 setup, deleted the Win 8 partition, and tried to install Win 7. That didn't work so well. The HDD in the laptop is GPT, Win 7 x32 wants MBR, we no longer have a Win 8 partition, and now that I have it, I need to get this thing working with Win 7 forthwith. I need to wipe out the rest of the drive and convert to MBR to install Win 7. I haven't found a utility that I can put on a boot discs and do those things. Any ideas?