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Acer E1-510 UEFI - Installing Windows 7

Posted 23 May 2016 - 05:30 AM

Hello,
so I've pulled all my hair out already trying to install Windows 7 on my Acer E1-510 laptop in UEFI mode.

The laptop came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, and I've used that for quite a while before deciding to wipe it and clean install Windows 10.

The laptop does not have a CD/DVD drive thus I can only boot installation media from an USB drive.

The original installation was in UEFI mode, and in order to switch it to Legacy BIOS so I could install my Windows 10, I had to download an update for the BIOS which made such a switch available. It installed and ran fine for some time.

Afterwards I decided to switch over to mainly using Ubuntu. So I wiped the drive, saving only crucial data like photos and such to a backup USB drive. I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 in UEFI mode with GRUB2 as my bootloader. I swapped back to UEFI mode, and disabled Secure Boot.

Since some of my applications which I use are unavailable for Linux, I want to keep a Windows 7 x64 installation on a small partition in a dual-boot environment so I can reach for it if I feel the need for some of my applications.

So borrowed a friend's PC to clone my Windows 7 DVD to my USB drive in GPT format, so I can boot from UEFI. At first it was immediately giving a winload.efi missing error, the Setup couldn't boot, but when I re-imaged it to my USB drive it started to work.

It shows up a progress bar saying "Windows is loading files" and then reaches the animated logo. As soon as the animated logo starts, the screen freezes and I get a red bar on top of my screen, along with my fans starting to spin full-speed.

I've tried booting the same USB on my friend's PC, and it gets to the entire installation without any issues, I've reached the point where I actually choose which partition to So basically - install to.

A quick Google Search about the red bar yielded me that Windows 7 doesn't support GOP, which from what I've read is the functionality to display an OEM logo while the Windows is booting. In Windows 8.1 / 10, I'd get an Acer logo with the white dots spinning around below it, suggesting Windows is starting up.

I've also read that to bypass that I need to enable CSM in my BIOS, however I could not find such an entry anywhere in the setup utility.

Is there something I am missing? I'd really prefer using Windows 7 to 8.1 or 10 because of the whole Metro layout. I also don't really want to wipe everything and recreate in Legacy mode, I'll consider it as a last resort option.

Thanks for all the help :)

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Re: Acer E1-510 UEFI - Installing Windows 7

Posted 23 May 2016 - 06:50 AM

You realize that Windows 10 doesn't actually use the metro layout like Win 8 does. Only in the "Star" menu, which can be replaced.

Personally I'd make this easier on myself and just use a Virtual Machine inside the main OS. Less hassle :)
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Re: Acer E1-510 UEFI - Installing Windows 7

Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:09 AM

Yeah but it's Start is still a lot slower than Windows 7's.

Nice idea about the VM, I would definitely use it if I could. I work with Ableton Live which can eat up lots of RAM, 2.5GB without any issues. Since I got 4GB of RAM, I really don't have the space for it.
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Re: Acer E1-510 UEFI - Installing Windows 7

Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:10 AM

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Yeah but it's Start is still a lot slower than Windows 7's.

How so? I've never noticed anything slow about either of them. Pop up in milliseconds on both, with basically the same info.

I know people who demonize the Metro thing, and I get that for Windows 8, but in Windows 10 they actually did something sensible with it.
It's not a whole different screen, just a popup, like the old Start menu, only better looking and more customizable.

And besides, the Start menu is hardly a good reason to boycott Windows 10. If you don't like it, you can always replace it with things like Classic Shell.
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Re: Acer E1-510 UEFI - Installing Windows 7

Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:23 AM

On my setup it always took roughly 1-2 seconds for the Windows 10 Start popup to pop up.

But the main point of my question isn't to discuss why Windows 10 would be a better alternative to an impossible Windows 7 install, I am just looking for a solution on the Windows 7 install. If it does come out as impossible though, no other choice but to settle with 10 though.
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