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Loading Windows 7 on a G580

Can anyone offer advice on what I need to do to load windows 7 onto a new hard drive for a Lenovo G580. The notebook was purchased with Windows 8 installed. The loading starts initially but stops after a couple of minutes and refuses to load any further. Can any one offer advice for this problem.

May thanks in advance.

Greggers

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Re: Loading Windows 7 on a G580

Hi Greggers , 

 

Greetings. 

 

Similar to this discussion 

Turning off then powering the machine using the Novo Button (item 4 page 92) would give BIOS setup access. 

You may be able to set boot tab mode from UEFI to Disabled/ Legacy /EFI .

Set the SATA Controller to "Compatible" if needed and Boot priority to CD DVD.

F10 to save and exit or doing it on the exit tab to save. 

 

With the WIn7 Installer disc inside to tap any key to start to launch .

Similar discussion here for reference . 

 

Update us how things go.

 

Regards



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Re: Loading Windows 7 on a G580

Hello Spidey 101,

                              many thanks for your response and advice. For some reason the UEFI setting could not be disabled so yet again the loading was not successful . Do not understand why a new hard drive and Windows 7 Pro will not work. It only seems to want to work with Windows 8, can you suggest anything else I can do to get Windows 7 on it

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Re: Loading Windows 7 on a G580

Hi Greggers

 

Greetings.

 

Verifiying BIOS configuration as follows : 

Configuration tab  : SATA controller Mode = compatible ,   USB legacy = enabled

Boottab :  UEFI boot = disabled , Boot device priority , SATA ODD ( if using a DVD installer) 

Exit tab : Save changes

 

If dvd is not readable  try restarting again and keep tapping F12 to lanch boot manager. 

Verify if your installer is working , you may try to slave the harddrive on another pc to install windows if possible.

 

Update us how things go.

 

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Hi Spidy101,      tried what you advised and I was able to load my Windows 7 Pro, but it failed to finish, it just goes into a loading loop followed by a B.S.O.D, . I get the list of re start methods , Safe mode etc but what ever method of start I choose it it loads up, crashes and restarts again, never getting to the activation code part of the install. At a complete loss as to what is going on with it. Not sure that I am capable of carrying out the slave the hard drive on another computer  advice in your last message, maybe with help I could do it.

Many thanks for your help and kindest regards Greggers

 

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Hi Greggers . 

 

Greetings .

 

How was it if during installation when it restart , try removing the DVD installer and allow it to proceed with previous installation. Place back the dvd if it ask for it to continue with the installation.

 

Another way would be the steps described by neokenchi (click here). Use this post as reference for drivers. 

 

Hardware wise ,if you remove the harddrive (page39) then place it on a laptop drive enclosure and plug it in like an external harddrive or even swapping with another working laptop to install Win 7 . 

 

It would be a lost removing the Factory reset feature hidden on the harddrive doing the Win 7 install .

Microsoft Windows 7 mainstream support had already ended , others bear with Windows 8.1 but customizing it to look and feel like Windows 7 similar to this article and still received mainstream update from Microsoft. 

 

Take time to review the above options and update us as we go along.

 

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Hello Spidey, sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I have had an unscheduled stay in hospital.

I have repeatedly tried to load W7 using the methods you kindly suggested, but I think maybe the problem lies with the OS I am using. I am using an OEM version not a retail version  (Windows 7 Pro) and installing it onto a new hard drive, from what I have read, it seems I need to have a Windows installation tool, may be that is my problem. I tried the slave method you suggested, I connected the new Hard drive to my desktop via a USB Hard drive case, but on putting the Windows disk into the desktop DVD drive, I could not get it to load to the USB with the new hard drive in , Windows wanted to load to the C drive of the desktop, I do not have the technical ability or Know  how to avoid the re-instal on my desktop, so I did not proceed any further with it . I would very much appreciate your thoughts. Kind regards.Greggers

 

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Re: Loading Windows 7 on a G580

Hi Greggers , 

 

Hope you are doing better.

 

You may need to get a retail version of Windows installer and boot from it on the start of the computer like accessng F12 boot manager. It may also be the same as with the laptop. There are no more ISO legally free sites to download unlike before but there are alternate sources  you may find in the internet.

 

You can also go to any local computer center / IT dept or friends for an installer or ISO you can use.

 

Health comes first , update us when you are all fine and dandy. Nothing to rush , we can take this a step at a time.

 

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Hello Spidy, many thanks for your kind sentiment,one or two life changes have been prescribed so I should be OK. I have taken youir advice and managed to get hold of an ISO disk, which I will run through later today and come back to you with the results,fingers crossed eh !!

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Hello Spidey, I have tried with an ISO  disk, on a new hard drive and the laptop just would not boot, for some reason just did not recognise it. I then tried one of my retail versions of Windows 7 Ultimate and the Laptop behaved the same as the original OEM disk that I have been trying to load, went through the loading process , BSOD , and went back into the loading process again. I tried a restart with the disk removed and I got an error message saying that (The computer had restarted unexpectantly or encountered an unexpected error, Windows installation can not proceed. Re-start the installation.)   I have the strong feeling that there is a factory setting that is preventing an install of some thing other than Windows 8 on my machine, in your expirience can this be possible ?? Regards Greggers

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