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Partitioning Win 8 and installing Win 7?

by rpapworth1 / August 23, 2013 9:32 PM PDT

I have a flight sim (FSX) that just doesn't want to work on Win 8, or let me say I haven't figured out how to make it work, as some of the guys on a flight sim forum seem to have made it work just fine...however; not me.....
But, I have a laptop with Win 7 and it worked with out problems on that...albeit; like you might imagine it might on a laptop even with a free standing video just wasn't the same, thus my purchase of the Asus pc. But I never considered that Windows 8 might be such a problem.
Now as the subject line suggest, someone who seemed to be knowledgeable in the local BB store (a customer) said why don't you make a rescue disk from the laptop, partition the pc (win8) and install Win 7 from the rescue disk.
I hate to screw up the pc and have to start over...what do you guys think, is this a reasonable fix?

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It won't work
by Jimmy Greystone / August 23, 2013 10:22 PM PDT

It won't work. There are technical and legal reasons why that idea won't work, all of which have been discussed numerous times before.

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by rpapworth1 / August 24, 2013 4:19 AM PDT
In reply to: It won't work

I appreciate your response, but as you'll probably note, I haven't been here for any of those discussions, and would greatly appreciate you pointing me to them, so I might gain the understanding.
Saying "It won't work", reminds me of my mother saying "no" with no explanation...didn't like that much either...

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Rescue discs are not install discs
by wpgwpg / August 24, 2013 4:26 AM PDT
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For starters, A rescue disc doesn't have the info needed to do the install Windows. Next, is the fact that you need a separate new license to get Windows 7 activated. Third, if you install Windows 7 on an existing Windows 8 PC, there're two technical reasons even if you resolve the first two problems I just mentioned. Windows 7 requires the old style BIOS where new Windows 8 ones replace the BIOS with UEFI which Windows 7 doesn't support. Also if you install Windows 7 in a new partition, it will overwrite the boot info and cause Windows 8 not to be bootable.
Is that enough reasons for you? Grin

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What works
by mchainmchain / August 24, 2013 4:31 AM PDT
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Installing Windows 7 first.

Then you install Windows 8.

That's assuming two things:

1.) You do not have a machine that has UEFI boot

2.) You want to dual boot to either system, but already know you cannot run both operating systems at the same time.

Doing the above will mean you must format the drive to allow Windows 7 to install, get the Windows 7 drivers beforehand for your machine (may not be available or supported by vendor) and then buy a new Windows 8 installation dvd.

Formatting the main drive to install Windows 7 will mean you lose the Windows 8 recovery partition.

If no driver support for Windows 7 by your vendor, in most cases, it's game over.

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The UEFI tar pit.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2013 5:09 AM PDT
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I'm not a fan (of UEFI.)

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That's what google is for
by Jimmy Greystone / August 24, 2013 5:05 AM PDT
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That's what google is for. It's been discussed time and time again here and undoubtedly dozens if not hundreds of other places. Not trying to be difficult so much as teach you how to fish.

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