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    Samsung Ativ Book downgrade

    Has anyone bought a Samsung Ativ Book 9 (lite) recently? We bought one intending to use Windows 8 but need to downgrade to 7 for various reasons, but I can't find drivers anywhere for this model! Samsung seem to only support 8 on this, and don't offer driver downloads at all!

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    Forget it - these damn things are locked to Windows 8 tight - no chance of installing Windows 7 past the UEFI!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    Forget it - these damn things are locked to Windows 8 tight - no chance of installing Windows 7 past the UEFI!
    could you just run windows 7 on hyperv as thats part of x64 win 8 pro and above?

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    I don't think the end user would want that -they will be happier with a standard W7 install. I've managed to get W7 to install, albeit missing some vital drivers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    I've managed to get W7 to install, albeit missing some vital drivers!
    You could download the relevant DriverPacks from here, extract the files to a folder and then tell Windows to search for drivers in that location. It might find some which are suitable.

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    do the windows 8 drivers work?

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    Samsung don't even provide all of the windows 8 drivers! I've managed to get the LAN and wireless as they're just standard Realtek stuff.

    I'll try driver packs and see what that comes up with. Looking at samsungs website I guess they really don't want you to downgrade!

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    Argh - this laptop is going through the window!

    Installed Windows 7 using gparted to create a new volume. Eventually got 7 installed and all working fine. One week later Windows now won't boot and sticks at the Please Wait stage.

    Of course with the awful uefi Windows repair can't see the volume, so its completely shafted! Next time I buy a laptop I'll make sure it's got a propr bios on it, uefi seems like a step backwards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    Argh - this laptop is going through the window!

    Installed Windows 7 using gparted to create a new volume. Eventually got 7 installed and all working fine. One week later Windows now won't boot and sticks at the Please Wait stage.

    Of course with the awful uefi Windows repair can't see the volume, so its completely shafted! Next time I buy a laptop I'll make sure it's got a propr bios on it, uefi seems like a step backwards!
    you might find it hard i cant remember the last new laptop i saw that wasnt uawful instead of bios

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    Sadly thats true - we're going to be lumbered with this and its awful when you're in a mixed environment of xp/7/8. Plus pxe boot is also knackered by most of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    Sadly thats true - we're going to be lumbered with this and its awful when you're in a mixed environment of xp/7/8. Plus pxe boot is also knackered by most of them!

    the prevailing thinking seems to be enterprise computing is dead long live byod so these get whatever os they come with and never touched until they die. Someone at work got an asus silly laptop and it wouldnt even install a higher/fresh version of 8 from usb had to be from dvd to install.

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