How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Dell inspiron 7000 series laptop

If you want to remove the preinstalled Windows 8 from a new Dell inspiron 7000 series (7537) laptop you need an external USB DVD drive and a Windows 7 DVD. You can buy the LG external USB DVD drive for $40 at Best Buy, and the Windows 7 at Amazon.

The first step is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot. This will allow the computer to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the laptop
  • Press the power button and continuously tap the F12 button to open the boot menu
  • In the Other Options section of the boot menu select Setup

Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Secure Boot option and select Disabled
  • Press Enter on the Load Legacy Option Rom and select Enabled
  • Press Enter on the Boot List Option and select Legacy

Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically try to restart and displays a message that “Operating system not found”

  • Keep the power button pressed to force it to shut down

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • Start the computer with the power button and continuously tap the F12 button to open the boot menu
  • If there is a + sign next to the CD/DVD/CD-RD Drive option select it and press Enter
  • If there is no plus sign next to it turn off the computer with the power button and try to start it again while tapping the F12 key

Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7

Enjoy the last usable Windows version.

How to disable Sticky Keys in Windows

When you press the Shift key five times Windows turns on a feature called Sticky Keys to help people to type with one hand. Sometimes this can cause inconvenience when you want to use two hands and just pressed the Shift key too many times.

To turn off this automatic feature in Windows 7

  • In the Control Panel select Ease of Access Center
  • Select the Make the keyboard easier to use link
  • In the Make it easier to type section select the Set up Sticky Keys link
  • In the Keyboard shortcut section uncheck Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times
  • In the Options section uncheck Lock modifier keys when pressed twice in a row

windows 7 disable sticky keys

How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Sony VAIO SVF15N17CXB laptop

If you want to remove the preinstalled Windows 8 from a new Sony VAIO laptop you need an external USB DVD drive and a Windows 7 DVD. You can buy the LG external USB DVD drive for $40 at Best Buy, and the Windows 7 at Amazon.

The first step is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot. This will allow the computer to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the Sony VAIO laptop
  • Press the small “Assist” button between the Delete button and the display to turn on the computer and display the VAIO Care Menu
  • In the VAIO Care Menu select Start BIOS Setup


Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Boot Mode option and select Legacy


Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically try to restart into Windows 8

  • Keep the power button pressed to force it to shut down


Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Start the computer with the “Assist” button
  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • In the VAIO Care Menu Menu select Start from Media (USB device/optical disc)


Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7


Enjoy the last usable Windows version.

How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop

My friend just bought a new Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop with Windows 8 on it. She was not sure if her special statistical programs will run on Windows 8, so she asked me to remove Windows 8 and install her copy of Windows 7  64 bit on it. As it turned out the Lenovo laptop arrived with UEFI boot turned on and it did not accept the original Windows 7 64 bit DVD as a boot device. The solution is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop
  • Press the small “Novo” button next to the power button to turn on the computer and display the Novo Button Menu
  • In the Novo Button Menu select BIOS Setup and press Enter

Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Boot Mode option and select Legacy Support
  • Select Boot Priority, press enter and select Legacy First

Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically restart into Windows 8

  • Keep the power button pressed to shut it down

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Start the computer with the “Novo” button
  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • In the Novo Button Menu select Boot Menu and press Enter
  • In the Boot menu select 2. ATAPI CD… and press Enter

Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7

Windows desktop doesn’t show any icons

If your Windows XP or Windows 7 desktop is empty and does not show any icons the following steps can enable the display of your desktop icons:

Windows Desktop No Icons

    • Right click the desktop,
    • In Windows XP,
      • Select “Arrange Icons By”,

 

  • In Windows 7,
    • Select “View”,

Windows Desktop Show Icons

 

  • If “Show desktop icons” is not checked, click on it to enable the display of the desktop icons.