[Solved] I have no clue what I'm doing. Really need help.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Moondogy, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Moondogy

    Moondogy MDL Novice

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    I never installed an OS before(alteast a Microsoft one) and wanted to run Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64(the one with the "u" since I guess that's what I need) installed using a usb on a brand new laptop that came with Windows 10 x64. Sounded easy until tried setting everything up myself. Tutorials showing different results than what I was getting, dead links, search isn't helping, missing files, I don't even know what's the up to date way of doing this.


    Now I think I screwed up, after I managed to get Win 7 to install, it just stays at the "Starting Windows" screen. This whole prossess is just frustrating and I don't know what to do anymore. Can anyone point me in the right directions in fixing this and starting from scratch.
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    What is the exact model of the laptop?
     
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  3. RenesisXI

    RenesisXI MDL Novice

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    I assume you formatted the OS drive and deleted any unnecessary partitions?
     
  4. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Addicted

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    If your Windows came to the factory so that was installed in Windows 10, you generally can not install Windows 7 or Windows 8 on this machine.This is strategy of Microsoft, these versions are blocked already on BIOS.You can only, if you purchased computer, which originally came with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
    You are not the first who have tried it do.
     
  5. Moondogy

    Moondogy MDL Novice

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    Sorry forgot to mention that, it's an HP Intel Laptop I got as a gift. Wish I could give you more infomation on it but I really got ahead of myself and rushed everything as soon as I got it so I never bothered to get a look at its other specifications(Guess this is why I'm in this mess).
     
  6. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Boot to BIOS (F10), navigate to System Configuration => Boot Options => Enable Legacy Support (Secure Boot will automatically be disabled) - this will solve the issue of hanging at 'Starting Windows' phase & enable Windows 7 to boot in UEFI mode successfully.
     
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  7. Moondogy

    Moondogy MDL Novice

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    Thank you so much this worked perfectly.