Hi Folks, Well I done it again...LOL (I always get the strangest crap happen to me) If you have ever heard of a rookie in the Fire Dept being called a Black cloud, well that would be me. Just so you know a rookie in the Fire Dept who is a black cloud is a person that when that start at a new fire house they suddenly get a lot of emergency calls, hence the rookie getting blamed for it. I tend to get the strangest things happen to me, so I tend to think I have a black cloud following me around. Anywho....I know a bit about PC's and networks but not up to date, as it's been a while since I really worked on a PC. I used to be on the IT group with EDS, Lockheed Martin and Gateway. Have several MS certs but like I said I kind of stopped working and just did the download thing getting Movies and adult clips, etc. So a neighbor gave me his daughter's PC to work on saying that he thought it have a virus or something else wrong it it. The PC had Windows 8 installed and I hate Windows 8 and windows 10. I love Win 7 and very comfortable using that. Booting up into Win 8 I could ONLY get into the Guest login and not her account. (She had forgotten her PW). Everything seemed ok but not able to install anything or even run anything from the CD rom drive (strange not a DVD or blu-ray). So I found a utility that lets you reset the PW for any accounts on any version of windows from a USB thumb drive. I could not access it though and didn't find out until later it was because of the UEIF in the bios. (I'll come back to that in a minute). I then thought (screw it, I'll just install win7 and be done with it) So I found a what looked to be a cool version of win 7 called Windows 7 Glorious Edition with pre activation. And then I also found something called Yumi which extracts the win 7 ISO onto the thumb drive so it can be installed directly from there using a temporary Multiboot) After messing with the PC for a number of hours I was finally able to install Windows 7 Glorious Edition onto the PC but had somehow created a dual boot system win7 and win8 .... The install did not go smoothly as it showed pop up messages saying that the C driver was corrupted and to run good old scandisk and/or checkdisk. So that's what I did but it found nothing wrong. I finally got into windows only to find in the Device Mgr that the drivers for the USB ports and the Network port were bad. The device mgr listed them in other devices which we all know is not a good thing. I then looked for a fix and found this on the windows 7 forums, I tried it but nothing changed. I tried removing the listed items in other devices and then did find new hardware or check for updated hardware, windows tries to install them but they fail. So that's where I am, stuck with a PC that doesn't have the drivers for the network card/port and bad drivers for the USB ports. It does see the DVD drive. (I installed a new DVD drive) But it doesn't seem to be able to read off the Win 7 disk I made of Windows glorious Edition. I also put that on the USB stick. I was able to ONE time read off the USB stick and reset the PW for the main user and also did the Win 7 install from it but since was not able to read off the USB stick or the DVD. I have gone into the BIOS and managed to turn off or bypass the UEIF by disable secure boot and enable Legacy support and also in system security disable Virtualization Technology. (I think that's right in order to boot from USB or DVD) But it doesn't. I made sure to set the boot options to select USB and DVD read first. BIOS info: says it's Hewlett-Packard Setup utility then at the bottom reads: Version 2.15.1234. Copyright 2013 American Megatrends Inc. I looked up the PC and it is HP - ENVY 700-056 Desktop PC Here's what I'd like to do. Which ever is best and easiest thing to do. Format the entire C drive so that ONLY windows 7 is on it. This would mean reinstalling win 7 from either the USB stick or the DVD. Fix the current install of Windows 7 and then use something like partition magic to get rid of Win 8 and the small partitions that are there to reinstall win 8. Fix the damn BIOS and get rid of the UEIF crap and just have the normal simple Bios. I know this is a lot to read but I figure it's best to give out all the info I can on the situation rather than not to.