Downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7

I have decided to downgrade from windows 8 to windows 7 before I hand over a new laptop to a developer, for familiarity and efficiency sake.

It turns out there are a few hurdles: 

  • The Toshiba Satellite laptop does not support SSD drive, or at least the Toshiba rep claimed.  So much for the upgrade.
  • Windows 7 Installation Disk will freeze on boot up… when the 4 windows part connects.  I had to tweak the BIOS to use CSM Boot instead of UEFI Boot.  Other people claim that Windows 7 64x can boot with UEFI.
  • The installed HDD has a GPT partition table.  Win 7 cannot install to it.  I had to use GParted on a USB bootable flash drive to convert the disk to MBR (msdos).

References:

http://gparted.org/liveusb.php

http://superuser.com/questions/642420/tools-to-convert-gpt-to-mbr-without-access-to-an-os

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