BIOS mod for Dell Insprion 20 3043 All In One Desktop to install windows 7

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  1. pdisme

    pdisme MDL Novice

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    #1 pdisme, Apr 1, 2017
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    Sorry for the long winded post & also if I posted this in the wrong area but ...

    I was wondering if someone could help with a BIOS mod for Dell Insprion 20 3043 All In One Desktop. It came with Windows 8.1 and I want to install windows 7 on it, I know windows 10 is out but I would prefer windows 7. The thing is, if you do a quick search on installing windows 7 on this Dell Insprion 20 3043 it comes up with alot of people who have had issues & it seems impossible to do. Every time you try to install windows 7 on this computer it gives you a BSOD screen saying "BIOS in this system is fully ACPI compliant" and an 0x000000A5 stop error code.


    A brief history of the BIOS for the Dell Insprion 20 3043 and issues ....

    BIOS A03 (original release) - A07 (Jun 9 2014 - Dec 19 2014 release dates)
    you could disable Secure boot but it will NOT allow you to choose the Boot List Option to change it from UEFI to Legacy. That menu option in the BIOS is greyed out.

    BIOS A09 - A12 (last BIOS release) (Apr 13 2015 - Nov 26 2015)
    Now when you turn off 'Secure Boot' the 'Load Legacy Option Rom' setting became available and once Legacy Option Roms are enabled, you now have options that became available in the one-time-boot menu (USB option won't show up till you plug in a USB drive). So now you can boot from a legacy CD rom or USB stick and try and install windows 7 but when you try to you get a BSOD saying ...

    The BIOS in this system is fully ACPI compliant". Please contact your system vendor for an updated BIOS"
    Technical Information:
    *** stop 0x000000A5 (some other 0x0000 codes)

    BSOD.jpg

    The thing is I'm on the latest BIOS revision (A12) and it still won't install windows 7 on this Dell Insprion 20 3043.


    Info on the computer below.

    Manufacturer: Dell
    -Model: Inspiron 20 3043 All In One Desktop
    -Bios Type: Insyde
    -Bios Revision: A12
    -Bios Release: 26 Nov 2015
    -Bios link: I don't have enough posts (20) to add links but the exe is Inspiron_20_Model_3043_A12.exe
    -RW Everything Report Download Link: I can attach or upload if it helps


    Can anyone help or is this a lost cause??

    PS just to try I was able to install windows 10 on it with no problems, but again I would like to have windows 7 if it is possible.

    Thanks,
    PD
     
  2. pdisme

    pdisme MDL Novice

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    I tried to use Hiren's Boot DVD and even tried wondershare live boot and it gave me the same BSOD stop error "The BIOS in this system is fully ACPI compliant". Please contact your system vendor for an updated BIOS"
    Technical Information:
    *** stop 0x000000A5 (some other 0x0000 codes)"

    BSOD.jpg

    I even tried to sysprep but it is stuck in a loop. It will try and start windows 7 but hangs at starting windows

    SYPREP_2.jpg

    and then send me in a loop back to windows error recovery and want me to select an option between safe mode, last know good, start normally.

    SYPREP_1.jpg

    I tried all options but the same loop happens.

    I tried doing all kinds of combinations but still haven't been able to get windows 7 installed on this dell 3043.
     
  3. BobSheep

    BobSheep MDL Guru

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    Try updating the USB BIOS settings to USB 2.0 instead of 3.0.
     
  4. pdisme

    pdisme MDL Novice

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    Thank you for replying, but there is no setting in the BIOS regarding USB 2.0 or 3.0. I don't know if it matters but the USB's on this computer are only USB 2.0