I have an HP Envy dv7 with Win 8, which I don't like. I've formatted a SATA drive from another laptop, fitted it in the HP, disabled Secure Boot and attempted to boot from the OEM Win 7 I've bought for this 'downgrade', but it only gets as far as 'Starting Windows' before hanging. I've tried the Win 7 CD I bought for the upgrade of my old laptop from Vista, but that doesn't work either. Any ideas?
My original plan was to clone drive C: on my old Dell Win 7 laptop onto the SSD drive I bought to upgrade the HP Envy to SSD, but with Win 7 in place of Win 8. After installation in the HP I then expected to be able to overwrite the existing Win 7 installation with the new OEM version I'd bought for the HP. However, when I experienced this hanging problem when attempting to boot from the new Win 7 CD, I thought it was because Win 8 was installed on the HDD, so I then formatted the no longer required HDD C: from the Dell to place in the HP so a clean install could be attempted, but the result was just the same: hanging at 'Starting Windows', just before the spinning lights form into the window.
Can/do HP prevent the installation of Win 7 on their Win 8 laptops? If so, surely there must be a workaround.
OK, if the problem was any of: the SATA drivers/different machine/formatting then the HP should boot up from CD with the original HDD installed, but it doesn't - same problem, so I think we can eliminate that possibility.
So I followed the link in your response and found the answer:
"1. Go into Bios (Escape and then F10 while booting) and turn on Legacy support.
2. Boot from Windows install disc and proceed with installation to your C drive (in my case, the Intel SSD)."
So far I've only managed to boot from CD with the original HP DDD, now I'll try doing what I wanted to do all along.
So, thanks, XXXXX XXXXX you posted as to the results.
Booted from CD with a clean HDD (couldn't get anywhere with SDD from Dell LT with Win 7 already installed), but now need drivers before Win 7 will install!
Can't recall the exact error message and I've now re-installed the Win 8 HDD because, as far as I've been able to determine, this laptop, the HP ENVY dv7-7332ea Notebook, was only ever released as a Win 8 machine and never as a Win 7, so HP never created Win 7 drivers for it - I've checked. The only possibility is that Samsung have created Win 7 drivers for their Pro 840 series SSD that I have, but it's probably a long shot and I'll be stuck with Win 8. Let's just hope that when MS bring back the Start button they do a lot more to make it comprehensible!
Win 7 was cloned from my Dell laptop, along with all apps and data, onto a Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive. This would not boot in my HP LT and neither could I install a new copy of Win 7 over it as an upgrade (to preserve apps and data) because, as I understand it, the copy of Win 7 on the SDD was more up-to-date, i.e. complete with SP1/SP2 and all updates. Unfortunately, the updates were not cloned, so I can't remove them from the SDD to get back to a position where the new Win 7 WILL install!
I suppose I could try installing Win 7 on a clean SDD in my Dell without any updates, then move it to the new machine where I could try installing Win 7 over it as an upgrade. I wouldn'y get my apps and data across, but I might get Win 7, which is the main objective!