Wndows 7 re-install over Windos 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by HORIZONTAL THINKER, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. HORIZONTAL THINKER

    HORIZONTAL THINKER MDL Member

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    Hope someone can help me here with this problem. My girlfriend bought a new HP laptop over the Christmas period and absolutely hates Windows 8.
    She's asked me to install Windows 7 onto it but the laptop/Windows 8 will not allow me to format the hard drive with a Windows 7 installation disk.

    Any help would be appreciated,
     
  2. NICK@NUMBER11

    NICK@NUMBER11 MDL Expert

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    #2 NICK@NUMBER11, Jan 6, 2013
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    FIRST i would suggest that you create a complete backup. or make the recovery disk that is offered with the computer.

    Then run the windows 7 Installation setup and the at the first black/screen hit the space bar for the "Press any key ... " prompt, then at the "Language" screen hold the "Shift" key and hit the F10 hot-key to open a command window.

    Then type in this...


    Code:
    SELECT DISK 0
    CLEAN
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    ACTIVE
    ASSIGN LETTER=C
    FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="Windows" QUICK
    EXIT
    
    This will delete/clear the partition and format it ready for installing windows 7


     
  3. HORIZONTAL THINKER

    HORIZONTAL THINKER MDL Member

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    Many thanks NICK@NUMBER11. I'll go that route as soon as i get the laptop this evening.

    Again, many thanks for the help :biggrin:
     
  4. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I would run just theClean command within Diskpart, so while install Windows 7 it will also be able to create the Recovery Partition for Windows 7.
     
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