First of all, thank you very much for your replies and the willingness to assist me. I’m sorry for the late reply, but I’ve been very busy recently and I couldn’t find the time to reply. However, after this long and terrifying nightmare, I’m bringing great news, as I managed to successfully install Windows 7 64 bits in MSI GS60 6QE!!!!! :-D
Let me explain you how I sorted out the way to solve it. Unfortunately, none of the previous posted solutions across the internet managed to work in my laptop, which is hard to understand. Here are the steps I followed:
1) Download this Windows 7 ISO (http://www.mantis.es/noticias/Win7SP1-Update-EN). It has all the necessary drivers included in order to being able to successfully install Windows 7 in a Skylake laptop.
2) Create USB Installation Media as explained in previous link through Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.
3) Restart, introduce bootable USB from step 2 and configure BIOS at MSI start (Delete key) as follows:
- Boot mode: UEFI CSM
- Fast Boot: Enabled
- Change boot device order; 1rst Boot: UEFI USB with W7… etc
- Secure Boot: Disable
- USB Configuration: Enable XHCI support (just in case)
- Press F10/Save and Exit
4) After rebooting, Windows 7 installation starts to load (in case it didn’t, press F11 at the beginning and select the USB drive).
5) Press “Install now” within W7 installation and afterwards, you will see the “Select partition to install W7” menu (IMPORTANT: this is the step where I was blocked previously, the reason I asked for assistance).
6) Installation progresses, maybe a bit slow as many drivers are loaded (it is not blocked despite it looks like). As soon as it reaches the last step “Finishing installation”, it will reboot after a while.
7) Remove USB driver or you’ll come back to step 5.
Installation proceeds, it returns to the same step “Finishing installation”. Suddenly, the screen resolution will be adjusted to your default one (1920x1080).
9) Wait around 3-5 minutes, when there is no more disk LED activity. As you may have realised, the installation seems to be running but it is actually blocked (it happened to me at least twice; NOTE: in case installation worked for you as normal, you can ignore the following steps and explanations, so congrats!). If so, you will be forced to press the on/off button until the laptop shuts down completely. After restarting the laptop, select “Initiate W7 normally” but you will face an error message saying that the Windows 7 installation could not be successfully accomplished…
10) Here is the solution to this weird situation (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/error-message-the-computer-restarted-unexpectedly/b770f14d-e345-e011-90b6-1cc1de79d2e2):
- “On the same error screen press SHIFT+F10 and it will open up a black Window. (a command prompt window)
- In the black windows type the word "regedit"(without the inverted commas and hit enter. That will open the registry editor.
In the Registry Editor..
HKLocal machine/SYSTEM/SETUP/STATUS/ChildCompletion, and after highliting childcompletion,on the right hand side check for setup.exe. if the value is 1 change it to 3.(by double clicking on setup.exe and changing the value shown in the box).
Then close the registry editor and then also close the black window.
Then click on OK for the error and the computer will restart and the installation may complete. just try it and let me know if it worked.”
Well, I can assure you that it worked for me
11) After checking some video performance, Windows 7 will ask you for your User, Password and so on, which means you finally got Windows 7 installed as well after all this hassle!!!
12) W7 starts the session with your new user.
13) VERY IMPORTANT: As soon as you see the desktop for the first time, you MUST shut down/restart in order to let all the drivers from this ISO install correctly (the ones specified in their website). If you install your MSI drivers without restarting the laptop, they may be overridden (possible drivers mess).
14) After restarting, a message will appear on the bottom-right saying “New hardware is being installed” (those ISO drivers). When it is finished, restart once again and now, you are finally free to install whatever you want, even to uninstall the drivers and updates included within the ISO. YEAAAAAAAH!!!
To conclude, I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks to Microsoft and Intel for complicating this simple operation and wasting our time in attempting to impose users their incompetence: whatever it takes to stay with Windows 10... Since when did we lose our right to use our bought software/hardware as we wish? Honestly, the more you both try to impose us your faulty hardware and software, the more ingenious and genuine alternatives users will bring to circumvent your stupidity. Cheers!!!
P.S: I cannot stress enough how grateful I am to “Mantis Informática”, the company which freely uploaded the Windows 7 ISO with all the necessary drivers included, and to J0seph Red for his solution.