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Windows 8 ISSUE

By tjharring ·
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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Try this in the Q&A area, not discussion as the experts hide there -nt

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Windows 8 ISSUE
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Repost as 'Q&A'

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Windows 8 ISSUE

It's been my experience that booting from a Windows CD / DVD usually displays a prompt that says something like 'Press any key to boot from CD'. If you miss the short period this prompt is active, the system will move on to the next boot device, usually the HDD. Are you missing this prompt?

Before you start, have you downloaded W7 drivers for all your hardware, especially the network card and video?

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