Just boot from your Windows 7 install disk and tell it to delete all partitions on the hard disk before it starts installing. If it doens't ask it, and refuses to install, download a Linux Mint disc and use GPARTED to delete all partition on the hard disk. Then install Windows 7 from the disk.
Purchased a new HP laptop for Christmas. Default OS is naturally Windows 10. I don't like nor want Win10 as my default OS. I want to remove all of Win10 and its related files completely and install Windows 7 as my default OS.
What do I need to do to accomplish this feat? First a little background:
Why I want to do this is irrelevant. The Geek Squad at BestBuy assured me that it could be done and I understand I may possibly lose some features of the new computer system and Win7 drivers could become an issue but one that could be overcome with due diligence. Any help naturally would be appreciated.
I purchased a commercial program to help with supposedly the reformatting but it says that it must be installed on the computer first. That is a non starter as I've managed to screw that up by trying to install Win 7 over Win10 due to some bad advice from a family friend (turned out to be bad advice). So in short I can't get rid of or use Win7 now nor repair or use Win10 as a result. Restore won't work. In short I have an expensive paper weight. Tried using a utility called 'HDD Low Level Format Tool v4.25' to reformat the HDD from a bootable thumb drive. Didn't work. Msg I got for mhy troubles says that 'This program must be run under Win32' from the c:/> prompt. Lost me there.
I have the following computer:
HP - ENVY 17.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 1TB Hard Drive - Natural Silver Model: 17M-AE111DXm from BestBuy at