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    Win 7 on a Win 8 Laptop

    I have an HP G7 2220 us laptop.I cannot figure out how to use Windows 8, I want to downgrade to Win7.

    I have disabled secure boot and in legacy have the usb drive as boot nuber one boot drive.

    I had formatted the disc using Rufus to make a GPT usb boot drive and used a digitalrive Win7+SP1(Media Refresh)iso file.

    In the UEFI boot at startup(Esc then F9) I can see the USB drive and when I select it and click Enter this is what comes up:

    Windows failed to start recent hardware or software change might be the cause.To fix problem :

    1)Insert windows installation disk and restart pc
    2)choose langue settings and click next
    3)click repair your pc

    How do I go by the installation of Win7.

    Please help.Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
    I have an HP G7 2220 us laptop.I cannot figure out how to use Windows 8, I want to downgrade to Win7.

    I have disabled secure boot and in legacy have the usb drive as boot nuber one boot drive.

    I had formatted the disc using Rufus to make a GPT usb boot drive and used a digitalrive Win7+SP1(Media Refresh)iso file.

    In the UEFI boot at startup(Esc then F9) I can see the USB drive and when I select it and click Enter this is what comes up:


    Windows failed to start recent hardware or software change might be the cause.To fix problem :

    1)Insert windows installation disk and restart pc
    2)choose langue settings and click next
    3)click repair your pc

    How do I go by the installation of Win7.

    Please help.Thanks
    it seems like you're trying to instal Windows to a USB drive, can I ask why?

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    Download this, select the Windows 7 ISO you downloaded and then write it to your USB flash drive.

    You will then be able to boot from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirchie View Post
    it seems like you're trying to instal Windows to a USB drive, can I ask why?
    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Download this, select the Windows 7 ISO you downloaded and then write it to your USB flash drive.

    You will then be able to boot from it.
    I am trying to install Win 7 from a usb drive.

    I have tried using the Microsoft tool and it did not help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
    I have tried using the Microsoft tool and it did not help.
    That should have worked. You could also try Universal USB Installer or YUMI.

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    I tried one called Rufus,its lets you prepare the Usb using GPT partition.

    If you look at my first post.You will see that I could see the drive in UEFI boot order and I could boot only to find those errors.

    If I don't use GPT and instead use the 32bit bootsect.exe and Microsoft USB tool, the USB flashdrive would not even show in the UEFI order and even if I enabled Legacy it would not boot from it.

    Hence I tried Rufus and now the error that I get is the BCD missing error.

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    Have you tried burning the ISO to a blank DVD and booting from that (if you have one that is)?

    I assume you downloaded the 64-bit ISO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Have you tried burning the ISO to a blank DVD and booting from that (if you have one that is)?

    I assume you downloaded the 64-bit ISO?
    I tried burning to disc it wouldn't boot from disc.Yes I is a digital river download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
    it wouldn't boot from disc.
    Was there an option to boot from the DVD in UEFI mode? The "Legacy CD/DVD" option won't work.

    Quote Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
    Yes I is a digital river download.
    X17-58997.iso (Home Premium), X17-59186.iso (Pro) or X17-59465.iso (Ultimate).

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    Have you also considered sticking with Windows 8 and downloading a third-party Start Menu? e.g. StartIsBack, Start Menu Reviver, Start8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Was there an option to boot from the DVD in UEFI mode? The "Legacy CD/DVD" option won't work.


    X17-58997.iso (Home Premium), X17-59186.iso (Pro) or X17-59465.iso (Ultimate).
    No, even with legacy boot enabled I could not boot from CD/DVD.Nothing would show up in the UEFI boot order even if I modified the boot order.

    Sorry for not mentioning the OS X17-59465.

    I did try to use the 3rd party start menu's.But I still was not comfortable with it.

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    Even if you do get your laptop to boot from the Windows 7 disc or flash drive, your next problem will be getting a product key to activate Windows 7. I'm guessing your HP G7-2220us came with Windows 8 installed (rather than Windows 8 Pro)?

    Downgrade rights are only available on computers that come with Windows 8 Pro. (Source)
    Quote Originally Posted by kroeger111 View Post
    I did try to use the 3rd party start menu's. But I still was not comfortable with it.
    StartIsBack would be the best choice if you want things to look the way they did in Windows 7. Once you have enabled the boot to desktop option and disabled the Charms bar/hot corners, you would be hard pressed to tell them apart.

    Last edited by Arthur; 23rd May 2013 at 12:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Even if you do get your laptop to boot from the Windows 7 disc or flash drive, your next problem will be getting a product key to activate Windows 7. I'm guessing your HP G7-2220us came with Windows 8 installed (rather than Windows 8 Pro)?




    StartIsBack would be the best choice if you want things to look they way they did in Windows 7. Once you have enabled the boot to desktop option and disabled the Charms bar/hot corners, you would be hard pressed to tell them apart.

    I will just use it with the trial licence and check if I could get Win7 activated or just buy a key.

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