[Solved] Windows 8 to 7 downgrade (upgrade!) Partition error.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Tiburon99, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Tiburon99

    Tiburon99 MDL Novice

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    Hi all, was looking for a little help as i'm at wits end.

    I'm trying to downgrade my parents laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 7 Ultimate.

    I ran into the issue with the whole locked OEM partition, i tried using killdisk but not sure i used it correctly (this may solve my problem)

    The laptop is an HP pavillion. I tried erasing just about i could see on the list, am i supposed to wipe the C drive and reinstall windows clean?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! And more infos if needed!
     
  2. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    Shouldn't bother with downgrading, instead you should just fresh install Windows 7. Just boot the DVD/USB and install.
     
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  3. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    A clean install resolves many issues. Before you do so, you might want to check the HP website for appropriate Windows 7 drivers for your model. Windows 7 does a good job with it's generic drivers, but sometimes you need ones supplied by the OEM. There is a chance HP might not supply Windows 7 drivers for your model.
     
  4. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    There's a lot of truth here. Given that Microsoft appears to be bringing back the start menu to Windows 8/8.1 with the next round of updates, waiting might be a good idea. Of course you have to get the update when it's available to determine if it gets you what you want.
     
  5. Tiburon99

    Tiburon99 MDL Novice

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    Hmm..thought i did a fresh install, i'll try again to double check, i have a disc...thought i did and it left a locked partition behind from windows 8.

    Roger that, made discs of the drivers i needed. Seems with this particular laptop only the network needed a driver.

    This i did not know, but in all honesty this is my Dad's laptop and i'd rather just get him back to 7 its something he knows and is comfortable with, he doesn't need 8.
     
  6. Tiburon99

    Tiburon99 MDL Novice

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    My next course of action will to try the fresh install via a disc. Hoping that this removes the locked partition blocking the keylogger.

    If not i'll make a bootable thumbdrive and run killdisk on the C drive...then try to reinstall.

    Sound good?
     
  7. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    If you want to get rid of everything on the hard drive, use a partition editor such a GPartEd. There are others just as good. A partition editor (burn to CD and boot from optical drive) can delete all partitions and completely wipe the drive.
     
  8. Tiburon99

    Tiburon99 MDL Novice

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    Ok to wrap this up since i finally got to it work.

    I downloaded and booted from Gparted and used it to remove the locked partition.

    I also downloaded and booted from Partition wizard and reformated the drive and changed from GPT to MBR.
    Reloaded windows and wah-lah all is well!

    Thanks for the help folks, appreciated!
     
  9. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Nice mate, solutions are highly appreciated :good3:.
     
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