How to install Windows 7 on a new laptop with Win 10 factory settling?


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    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.
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    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?
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    Steve C said:
    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.
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    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.
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    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

    Option Two: Use "Rufus" to create Bootable Window 10 7 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI

    6. To Create Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 10 7 with UEFI

    7. To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 10 7 using Legacy BIOS (without UEFI)
    2. You must disable Secure Boot in your UEFI firmware settings, because Secure Boot is not compatible with Windows 7.

    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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