I was formally the IT guy for a small company. To date myself, the last network OS I worked with was Netware 5. The problem I am having is trying to downgrade from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7 Pro.
Okay should be a piece of cake, but it's not. I recently purchased a Toshiba P850 series laptop. My intention from the very beginning was to downgrade. I do have a Windows 7 pro dvd, the laptop is configured to use the ODD drive as primary boot. When I boot the system it continuously boots from the HDD. I have spent time on the phone with Toshiba's tech support, but that was a waste of time. Much to my dismay Toshiba's tech support is sorely lacking.
During on of my calls I was transferred to Toshiba's, "Expert support" who told me to use the Shift + Restart function to be able to boot from the ODD. I was told this must be done because even shutting down Windows 8 only puts it into an advanced hibernation. I have tried the shift + restart option that brings me to the advanced start page. According to tech support I am to choose "Continue on to OS" and when screen goes black hold down the F12 key.
This does the exact same thing as holding down F12 after power on. I brings up the boot manager to select your primary boot drive. In any case I cannot boot from the ODD. Does anyone have any ideas?
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