Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How To Install Windows 7 On UEFI Mode Windows 8 System

Unified Extensive Firmware Interface(UEFI) is set of specifications that allow interaction between components of both software and hardware of a system. It usually operates between an operating system and a firmware.  This interface is meant to replace the BIOS(Basic Input and Output Setup). It is commonly becoming a house-hood name in  new generation computers since its development.  

You can not ignore the fact that it prevents a user from installing other Operating Systems or different version of the same Operating System in a computer due to the fact that it doesn't use Operating System or Multi-boot system from the BIOS. It supports booting by reading partition table and filesystems. That makes most Operating System developers to use it to make a system boot to a particular OS(Operating System). It also makes your system to be more secured against malicious software that might be detrimental to the whole operations.

There is a way to get around it if you are willing to install other OS or trying to setup other  version of the same Operating System. 

In Windows 8 UEFI enabled system you can install Windows 7  on it afresh or to create a dual boot. To do that, carefully follow the step-by-step information below.

Image of BIOS

STEP 1: Go into your BIOS and make changes. On how to get into the BIOS of your system-make visit this LINK.

Image of Disabled Secure Boot at BIOS

STEP 2: Go to 'Boot' and disable 'Secure Boot' and enable 'Legacy'.

Image of Original Windows 7 DVD

STEP 3: Insert you original  Windows 7 installation DVD or USB pen drive into appropriate places and start  your installation.

Image showing how to load controller driver 

STEP 4: Download Controller driver from your system maker official website. It is usually in the form of Intel Rapid Storage Technology Drive or load from the DVD that came with your system, if the system request for it as ''A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing''.

Image of how to partition a hard disk drive

STEP 5: After that insert your installation disc and partition your hard drive.

Image of Windows 7 completing installation

STEP 6: Continue with your Windows 7 setup and  make sure to install necessary drivers after installation is complete.