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).