[SOLVED] HP Pavilion g7 - Downgrade to Windows 7 without SLICK

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by niklasfin, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. niklasfin

    niklasfin MDL Novice

    Jan 30, 2014
    #1 niklasfin, Jan 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014
    Hi guys

    This is my last resort for help. Please excuse my ignorance, as I am new to this forum.

    Windows 7 will only boot without slick. I cannot select without slick as default?

    HP Pavilion g7-2302so notebook pc
    Product number: D0Z24EA#UUW
    Born on date: 03/28/2013
    System Board ID: 1842
    Product configuration ID: 088A120000305910000620100
    System Board CT Number: PCSCN018J3UVZR
    BIOS Version: F.22

    What I’ve done:
    Enabled Legacy support
    Disabled Secure Boot
    Deleted all partitions
    Formated the harddrive
    Installed Windows 7 without errors

    Whenever rebooted the computer keeps looping reboot.

    Temporary solution
    If you hit “ESC” right after the BIOS menu you will get:
    GRUB4DOS 0.4.4 2009-09-03

    A red menu, where I can choose Windows with SLIC Loader (Default)
    Second line is: Windows without Loader

    If I choose Windows without Loader the computer boots up without any problems into Windows 7.

    If I hit Windows with SLIC Loader the computer keeps rebooting.

    Permanent solution
    The computer is preloaded with Windows 8. I cannot disable UEFI through the BIOS it seems.

    I have no idea as to turn off the SLICK Loader as default.

    So I think I will have to make a bootable USB-pen with

    I have called HP, whom was to no help, as they only supported Windows 8. Apparently, you are able to decide what OS you want on their hardware.

    I have read most of the threads in:


    However, the threads are old and I am afraid to corrupt my BIOS if I go ahead and try with the NBDMIFIT Version 1.1D.

    Any suggestions?
  2. nexus76

    nexus76 MDL Addicted

    Jan 25, 2009
    #2 nexus76, Jan 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
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  3. niklasfin

    niklasfin MDL Novice

    Jan 30, 2014
    Thank you for the quick reply nexus76. Naturally I had to call them - the guy at HP didn't even understand the question :)

    I spend quite a few hours finding compatible drivers for the G7, so I would prefer not to re-format. I think you are right about the hidden partition. I should probably have put it through a different computer with partitionmagic or similar.

    Do you think repairing the Master Boot Record will really seal the deal?

    I mean:

    bootrec /fixmbr

    bootrec /fixboot

    I thought this was more of a UEFI secure boot signature-problem that needed a cracked BIOS?

    I have read quite a few posts. Apparently people usually get an error trying to delete the partitions available through the win 7 install dvd. I didn't.
  4. niklasfin

    niklasfin MDL Novice

    Jan 30, 2014
    Booting up from the Windows 7 DVD, choosing repair, and selecting the command prompt, running the commands:
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot

    solved the problem! Thanks!!!