Install Windows 7 on Windows 8 PC

New Windows 8 computers have a features that prevents the booting of other operating system called Secure Boot. While Secure Boot is enabled you will not be able to install Windows 7. It’s not a good idea to install Windows 7 over Windows 8 on this PC. Windows 8 can run pretty much all Windows 7 programs. But if you still insist then I suggest installing Windows 7 into a virtual machine instead. That way you don’t have to wipe out your current OS.
Here i am going to give you few clues about installing Windows 7 on Windows 8 laptops. Before you do anythings, make sure your laptop fully supports windows 7 by having widows 7 drivers.If your laptop has all that, I would suggest trying to do a full wipe on your laptop hard disk, and then do a clean install of windows 7 onto it. I am not sure why you would want to install windows 7, since 8 is an upgrade in like every way, and windows 8 isn’t going to stop being produced, and i am sure future windows may be based off windows 8.Not using windows 8 is like refusing to go from like windows xp to windows 7.There is not much actual difference in 7 and 8 anyway. 5 mins of Searching in internet you can find anything you need to about it.
If you don’t want to remove Windows 8 completely but still want to have your familiar Windows 7 experience, want to avoid compatibility issues with programs and games, or need a feature that’s gone missing in the new OS, there are other options. Your best bet is actually running Windows 7 on a virtual machine and we can suggest several.If you’re ready to embark on the journey back to Windows 7. It feels wrong to simply call it a downgrade then gather your supplies, muster your courage, and let’s dive in.
1) Information about the drivers
You need to know about drivers before you do anything and make that sure your laptop fully supports windows 7 by having windows 7 drivers. Open the device manager in your control panel & there it will provide you with a list of all the different device found on your Pc system, from touch pad, keyboard to networking and Wi-Fi adapters. Finding of driver & the properties of each device individually, you should be able to find the specific part model name, and information about the drivers. After checking the Drivers then you have to move on the Pc manufacturer’s product support page.By looking up your specific PC model number, you should be able to locate a list of all the needed drivers for the laptop’s hardware.This was all we needed to do, because all the device drivers were available. Now you can search from your search engine and search “Device name + Windows 7 Driver” and collect it.
2) Make a Backup
Back up everything.I would suggest you start using a program to create a restorable back up of your Hard drive to an External Drive.you’re about to overwrite your hard drive. Everything on that drive will be gone.
You do this personally before you perform any kind of install, update or major change to your system.
3) Windows 7 installation media
You will need to have windows 7 installation media either on disc or USB Key. You will get this from Microsoft’s official website through online.From there you will get installation media & a valid Windows 7 Product Key, the 25 digit alphanumeric code used to activate your copy of Windows. If you’re installing from a brand-new copy of Windows, you’re fine to use the product key that was included, but if you’re using an older copy (or a copy of a copy) you’ll need to pay for a new valid key.
3) Enable Secure Boot
New Windows 8 computers have a features that prevents the booting of other operating system called Secure Boot. While Secure Boot is enabled you will not be able to install Windows 7.You need to do Disable UEFI and Enable Legacy Boot. You’ll need to first enable Advanced Startup Mode.
Open setting by clicking “Windows” and “C” key
Go to “Change PC Settings” at the bottom right corner of the screen, below the icons. On the left, scroll down and select “General Settings.” On the right, scroll down through the settings options to find “Advanced Options.”
Go to “Change PC Settings” at the bottom right corner of the screen, below the icons. On the left, scroll down and select “General Settings.” On the right, scroll down through the settings options to find “Advanced Options.”
This will close out of the standard Metro interface and open up a blue screen with several tiles. Select “UEFI Firmware Settings”—you may need to first select “Tools and Settings” and then “Advance Options”—and then follow the prompt to restart and change settings.
Upon rebooting, the system should produce a startup menu. Select “BIOS setup.” Under the “System Configuration” tab, find “Boot Options.” (In some instances, Boot Options will instead be found under the “Security” tab.
Once into the Boot Options menu, you will first find “Secure Boot” and disable it. Still in the Boot Options menu, find “Legacy Boot” and change it to enabled. You will now be able to boot into your Windows 7 installation media. Depending upon whether you will be installing it from a disc or a USB key, you will want to change the Legacy Boot Order so that either the optical drive or USB device take priority. Finally, exit the BIOS, saving changes.
4) Installing Windows 7
After passing with legacy Boot Enable & your Boot Order changed, You should now be able to boot into your installation media to begin installing windows 7.
Connect with windows 7 installation media and install the Windows 7.
Finally, your PC will boot into Windows 7 & you will need to Install Drivers from USB key.Once you’ve got Windows 7 installed on your system, it’s time to install your drivers. As a rule, I always start by installing networking drivers once you’ve got your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection up and running.
Hopefully, this tips guide you to successfully switching from Windows 8 to Windows 7.