Windows 10: How to install Windows 7 on a new laptop with Win 10 factory settling?
How to install Windows 7 on a new laptop with Win 10 factory settling?
Hey there everyone. I recently got a new laptop for school. Its an ASUS Q504UA and its come with Windows 10 already on it. I am going to school for IT and they gave us a free access key to DreamSpark so I have legal access to all sorts of operating systems, applications, etc. One of the things I am currently trying to do is install Windows 7 so I can get familiar with the older operating system and also play a few older PC games I haven't touched in years. I am having a difficult time figuring out how to install Windows 7 because my computer wasn't upgraded to 10, it just came with it already installed. If someone could give me a step by step instruction or link me to somewhere I would appreciate it. Thanks
Also I tried creating a new partition in the disk management to have a empty hard drive for Windows 7 to install in but when I go to install Windows 7 it doesn't give me the option to put it on that hard drive. It says I can only put it on my primary hard drive.
Are you trying to wipe Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 which is probably a bad idea or dual boot to Windows 10 & Windows 7? Another option is to run Windows 7 under a virtual machine within Windows 10. Whatever you do, you will need a Windows 7 product key - do you have one?
I'm trying to dual boot. I still want windows 10 but I also want the option to choose between 7 and 10 when I turn on my laptop. And yes I have the product key. I don't have the disc. This laptop doesn't even have a disc drive. But I have a free legal download from Microsoft dreamspark through my school.
Steve C said:
For dual boot see https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...ndows-8-a.html
Windows 10 Pro has Hyper V which you can use to set up Windows 7 in a virtual machine - see Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10
If you have Windows Home, then you can use 3rd party virtualisation tools like VMWare.
Note that some of the newer laptops are not compatible with Windows 7, either in Legacy BIOS (aka CSM) or in UEFI mode.
If you have a Windows 7 product key and ISO file from Microsoft DreamSpark.
1. Create a UEFI bootable USB flash drive to Install Windows 7.
How to use Rufus to create bootable Window 7 USB for Legacy BIOS or UEFI.
USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
2. You must disable Secure Boot in your UEFI firmware settings, because Secure Boot is not compatible with Windows 7.
Use "Rufus" to create Bootable Window
7 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI
To Create Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows
7 with UEFI
To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows
7 using Legacy BIOS (without UEFI)
3. Boot from the Windows 7 USB flash drive in UEFI mode. Note that you do not need to change the boot order of drives in your UEFI firmware settings, so just use the one-time boot menu to boot from the USB flash drive.
4. Install Windows 7 to another partition on your Windows 10 drive or other drive.
Last edited by Feather; 04 Sep 2016 at 06:11.
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