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How to install Windows 7 on a UEFI laptop

By 333rob333 ยท 14 replies
Apr 2, 2017
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  1. Hi

    I am trying to install Windows 7 on a UEFI laptop. The model is a Packard Bell EasyNote ENTE69AP. I have checked and the BIOS can't be changed to Legacy, only UEFI. Please help me, I have tried everything. The laptop doesn't recognize the GPT formatted USB or the CD that Windows 7 setup is on. Please help me, I know there is a way to do this, I just need a little help. :)

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,541   +473

    Personally, I would chicken out and use the WIn10 Home that it came with.
     
  3. 333rob333

    333rob333 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 55

    Thanks for the tip, but I will not use Windows 10, I would rather use Windows XP then. Why do you say that?
     
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,541   +473

    I think there may be newer components in the machine you now have which are not supported in the Win7 OS.. if Win10 is unacceptable, there is Linux and variants, like Chromium.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,330   +788

    REGARDLESS of which OS, creating the Legacy / UEFI Boot setup ought to work
     
  6. 333rob333

    333rob333 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 55

    But the problem is that there is no option to change from UEFI to Legacy, any tips?
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,330   +788

    Then the BIOS is not UEFI compatible
     
  8. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,541   +473

  9. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    To say that you'd rather use XP shows that you haven't given this much thought. It's very insecure and would challenge an expert to install given your hardware. If downgrading to Windows 7 turns out to be as tricky as it appears you could trade the laptop for a more suitable model with bios or legacy mode.
     
  10. 333rob333

    333rob333 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 55

    I just don't understand, how can it be that there is no legacy mode on my laptop?
     
  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 2,541   +473

    Entirely up to the manufacturer. A significant minority have apparently decided to skip that. Kind of like the chipsets which can be overclocked, but overclocking is not included on the motherboard as designed. It is NOT the OS, though I guess there are some 'workarounds'..
     
  12. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    Computers that came with Windows 8 and after installed had UEFI. The next generation will possibly, like yours, not have the option that you want. None of my computers have UEFI but I believe that one advantage the new system has is that it boots Windows much faster. Microsoft are very keen to leave Windows 7 in the past and you may find difficulty finding suitable drivers if you do manage to install Windows 7. Check that out before you dive in.
     
  13. 333rob333

    333rob333 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 55

    Thanks, I am aware that I might have trouble finding suitable drivers for Windows 7, but I have a way to find it even if the manufacturer hasn't made any Windows 7 drivers.
     
  14. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +241

    Windows 8 was very unpopular so I had a look to see how people who decided to install Windows 7 fared. The few who had no bios or legacy options available appear to have had no success with this. Please post and update the thread if you find a way around the difficulties.
     
  15. 333rob333

    333rob333 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 55

    I will definitely do so, thanks for the help everyone! :)
     

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