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Question from user
Not so long ago I bought a Lenovo B70 laptop with preinstalled Windows 10. To be honest, I would like to reinstall the system, I prefer Windows 7 more. But my laptop stubbornly does not see a bootable USB flash drive, I tried to create it in 2 different utilities. Maybe something is needed “to turn” in BIOS, so that everything works.
How to install Windows 7 on a new laptop, and is it possible? The drivers on the manufacturer’s website for Windows 7 I saw.
I must say that even experienced users have some difficulties installing Windows 7 on new laptops. Most often, the problem concerns the drivers: they need to be found and downloaded from the manufacturer’s website, as the old ones that came bundled with your laptop. do not fit (they are under the new Windows 8/10)! Also, some difficulties may arise with recording a bootable USB flash drive and setting up the BIOS. In general, a lot of the above. solved, about it all below.
In the article, by the way, I will consider the process of installing Windows 7 on a Lenovo B70-80 laptop (for laptops of other brands and manufacturers. Many of the actions will be similar, unless you have to configure the BIOS “to understand” separately).
Preparation: Disk Breakdown
It is not at all necessary to delete and format the drive completely from your Windows 10 OS in order to install Windows 7. I would even recommend just installing another system, and at boot choose which one you want to use (a menu with a choice of Windows OS will appear automatically at boot!).
Why 2 systems are better:
- firstly, it is not known how Windows 7 will behave, Windows 10 may be more stable and productive;
- secondly, you will have a more stable system: if something happens with one OS. You can boot into the second;
- thirdly, some games and programs may not work in one of the systems, while in another. everything will be OK.
In principle, if you do not plan to install yourself 2 OS. You can skip this step. In it I will talk about the partitioning of the disk.
(on Windows without installing additional software)
For another Windows OS. I recommend that you select a separate partition on the hard drive, for example, create some local drive F: \. This can be done without data loss and without installing additional software.
To start, open disk management.
To do this, call the window “Run” (combination of buttons Win and R), then to the line “open” enter command diskmgmt.msc and click OK.
How to open disk management. diskmgmt.msc
Next, select the drive from which you “take away” part of the free space to create another local disk. Under Windows 7, you need at least 30-35 GB!
Next, right-click on the desired partition of the disk, and select the option “Squeeze tom”.
Squeeze the volume. drive C: \
Then specify the size of the compressed space (I indicated 30000 MB in my example, which is about 30 GB).
Making a 30 GB drive
And you have another section. it is marked in black and has an inscription on it: “Not distributed” (note: the disk partition from which we “taken away” part of the free space. 30 GB less).
While this section can not be used, as it is not formatted. To format it. right click on it and select the option “Create a simple volume”.
Create a simple volume
Now specify in sequence:
- the size of a simple volume (do not change anything at all. leave it by default, see the screen below);
- drive letter. You can also not change;
- file system (NTFS), cluster size, volume name. You can also leave everything by default;
- last step. accept the settings and press the button “Done” (all actions correspond to the numbers on the screen below).
Volume and formatting settings
Actually, now you should have another local disk. now you can copy files and folders to it, work like with any other drives (we’ll install Windows 7 in it).
The disk is prepared for installation
In general, now you can begin to prepare bootable media.
Create bootable media
When installing Windows 7 on a new laptop (the same Lenovo B70). there is one problem: the fact is that in the standard installer of Windows 7 there are no built-in drivers for the USB port 3.0. While in all modern laptops. he is. And even if you connect a USB flash drive to a USB 2.0 port and start installing Windows 7. The OS will not see it anyway, because A driver is needed for the universal serial bus controller (for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports to work).
How to get out of the situation:
- Find and download an ISO image from Windows 7 that has drivers for USB 3.0 and SATA integrated. There are a lot of such images, though a lot of those made “crooked”. Next, this image must be recorded on a USB flash drive or disk;
- use a DVD to install on which to burn a regular ISO image from Windows 7.
Important! I recommend downloading the drivers for the network adapter in advance (or the utility 3 DP Net. Installs drivers on almost any network adapter without an Internet connection) and the universal serial bus controller (and copy them to the hard drive). Otherwise, there is a risk that after installing Windows 7, neither USB ports nor the Internet will work for you.
Also, it will not be superfluous to have a 10-12 GB image with drivers on your hard drive ISO (for example, Driver Pack Solution or Snappy Driver Installer). The link is below.
Programs for updating drivers (there are 3 DP Net, Snappy Driver Installer, Driver Pack Solution). https://ocomp.info/update-drivers.html
Flash drives (using WinSetupFromUSB)
One of the best programs for creating bootable flash drives. This is WinSetupFromUSB. It is in it that I will show how to quickly and easily create bootable media.
Key features of the utility: supports most versions of Windows (32 and 64 bit); the ability to record multiple operating systems on one flash drive; creating a USB drive that can boot in both BIOS and UEFI; tooltips at all stages of work; There are a number of programs for working with disks: MULTIpartitionUSBstick, Grub4DOS, SysLinux.
And so, insert the USB flash drive into the USB port and run the program WinSetupFromUSB. Next you need:
- select a USB flash drive to write to it an image from the OS (see figure-1 in the screenshot below);
- next check the box against the item “Auto format it with Fbinst” (attention! All data on the flash drive will be deleted);
- specify the file system (for our laptop, you can use both FAT 32 and NTFS. If you select FAT 32. the flash drive will be written to UEFI. almost all laptops now go under this standard);
- further in the graph “Windows Vista / 7/8. ” specify the bootable ISO image with Windows 7 (note: and “stitched” USB 3.0 drivers);
- then press the GO button.
Windows 7 flash drive in 4 steps
Next, WinSetupFromUSB will ask again 2 times whether to delete all data from the media (just agree).
Then the program proceed to record the media. This procedure in some cases is quite lengthy. On average, it takes 5-20 minutes. At the bottom of the program window, the recording status is shown (green bar). If the flash drive is successfully recorded, at the end you will see a small window “Job done” (work is done).
DVD (using UltraISO)
To burn an ISO image from Windows 7 to disk, in my opinion, it is best to use UltraISO.
One of the best programs for working with ISO-images. Allows you to burn them to disks, flash drives, edit (add and delete files from them), emulate, etc. In general, an irreplaceable thing for everyone who often has to deal with ISO.
After starting the UltraISO program, the first thing to do is to open an image with Windows 7 in the program itself. To do this, press CtrlO, or click File / Open.
Open Image with Windows 7
Next press F7 or Tools / Burn CD Image. Now you need a regular 4.5 GB DVD.
Burn CD image
Insert the disc into the drive tray and press the record button. In principle, you do not need to enter or change any settings.
The recording time of a standard DVD is about 10 minutes (the green bar with the status of the process will be displayed all the time).
Waiting for the end of the recording
Install Windows 7. Call the boot menu (Boot-menu) and start the installation
And so, the bootable media is ready, the drivers are preloaded, the backup is done. Now you are ready to install.
Windows 7 (as mentioned above) does not see USB 3.0 ports (they are marked in blue). Therefore, insert the USB flash drive into the USB 2.0 port (the difference is shown in the photo below).
Another case in point: USB 2.0 and USB3.0
Further on Lenovo B70 laptops there is a special button for entering the BIOS and calling up the boot menu (Boot-menu). It is located next to the power plug, on the left side of the device. Click it (photo below).
Lenovo B70. button to enter the BIOS next to the input for power. It is most convenient to press with a pencil or pen
By the way, on some laptops this button may be next to the power button (photo below).
Lenovo G700. button to enter device settings (including BIOS)
For those who have an excellent laptop from the one in question. I recommend that you read the article about calling the Boot-menu. https://ocomp.info/goryachie-klavishi-dlya-vh-bios-boot-menu.html
Next, a menu should appear. “Novo Button Menu”. select the third item in it Boot menu.
Then we select the device from which we will boot. In our case. this is USB DISK 2.0.
Please note that if you created a bootable DVD, you need to insert it into the drive tray, then turn off the laptop and turn it on using the button to enter the BIOS (see above in the photo). Otherwise, your boot disk. just will not be in the list of devices and you will not be able to select it.
Boot device selection
Next (if everything went well), the GRUB4DOS window should appear, in which you need to select the boot option. we select the first with a line “Windows NT6 (Vista | 7.)” (as in the screenshot below).
If you used a flash drive (and it is recorded correctly). You should see how Windows file downloads begin. “Windows is loading files. ” (installation has begun.).
Windows is loading files
To those who install from the disk. do not miss the moment when there will be only one inscription on the screen “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD. “. at this point, to start installing the OS, you need to press some key!
Press any key to boot from CD
For those who have an error at the beginning of the installation or a flash drive / disk is simply not visible in the boot menu
In most cases, the problem lies in the BIOS settings (support for older operating systems that do not support secure boot is not included). Therefore, you need to go into the BIOS settings. on a Lenovo B70 laptop, you can use the same button with the arrow on the device’s case (only when the menu appears. select not Boot Menu, but Bios Setup).
(for those who did not succeed, or another laptop model)
Boot Menu Call Button
In the BIOS, you need to open the BOOT (boot) section and set the following parameters:
- Boot Mode [Legacy Support] (support for older OS);
- Boot priority [Legacy First]. download priority;
- then go to the Exit section and click “Exit and save” (save and exit, also similar is achieved by the F10 button).
BIOS Settings (Legacy Support)
After which, call again Boot menu, select the boot from a flash drive (disk) and start the installation. I think that problems should not arise now.
Further installation process (parameter settings)
After the files are downloaded, the first welcome window with the Windows 7 logo should appear in front of you. This is a window with a choice of language for further installation. By default, should be Russian. press the button “Further”.
Installation language selection
Now click on the big button in the center of the screen. “Install” (screenshot below).
Install Windows 7
Type of installation I recommend choosing “Full installation (advanced options)”.
Next, specify the disk on which the installation will be made. Be careful in this step: do not delete or format partitions if you do not fully understand or are unsure of your actions (otherwise, you will lose all the information on your hard drive).
If you have prepared a section for Windows 7 in advance (as recommended above). it remains only to select it (note: in the first step of the article I made it to 30 GB) and click “Further”.
If you do not need any information at all on your hard drive: you can delete all partitions. Then create two partitions: one for 50-100 GB for the system, and the second for all the remaining space. under files. Then format the partition for the system and continue to install Windows in it.
Select a partition for Windows 7
Next, copying and unzipping files will begin. Just wait until the computer / laptop starts to reboot. Next, remove the flash drive (just in case, so that the installation continues, but does not start again).
After the reboot, the installation continues and you are asked to provide the computer name and username. You can ask any, the only thing I always recommend. it is to write them in Latin (to avoid “crack” in some programs, when they give an error if there are Russian characters in the path to the documents).
Computer and user name
Next, Windows will ask you to set security settings. you can just click “Use recommended options”.
OS security setting
Date and time setting. I think it will not cause problems: choose your time zone, specify the time and date (in principle, when you set up the network, these data are adjusted automatically through the update center).
Date and time setting
Final stage. job location computer. In most cases, it’s best to choose “home network”, and set the remaining parameters already in Windows itself.
Select current PC location
Windows 7 desktop
Now Lenovo laptop with Windows 7, which means that my mission is completed.
If you preloaded the drivers for USB 3.0 and network adapters (as recommended). then no problems should arise.
After installing these, everything else can be downloaded on the network, or copied from USB-drives (flash drives).