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I have a Toshiba laptop, basic really just for browsing.

It came preinstallednwith Windows 8.1 and wasupgraded to windows 10 for free last year.

The laptop has been around for some years so the DVD drive no longer recognises discs.

I tried doing a fresh install of windows 7 using multiple bootable usbs and downloads of windows 7 but I can never get it to bring up the windows 7 installation screen.

Now the final time I've done it, the Windows 10 OS was wiped off and now currently has no OS installed.

When i try turning the laptop on to try boot from USBn it says no media detected.

Tried goig through BIOS and changing a few things around to no avail.

Is there something I'm doing wrong? Would I be able to use an external DVD drive to try install windows? I havent bought one yet, but would I need to install software or driversnfor the device to install OS fresh?

If not, have you got any solutions to loading windows 7 on my laptop?

Cheers in advance

(Sorry for any spelling errors as I'm using my phone to get online at the minute)
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Is this a pirated version of Windows 7? If not, I hope you know that you are going to need a key to install the OS. You could, however, reinstall 10 on the laptop because that key is stored on the PC in various places. Anyways to solve your problem, the Toshibas boot menu key should be F12. Repeatedly press that key on the start up of your PC. Select USB if your bootable windows are on that and if that doesn't boot, you goofed up somewhere with making it (or you have a corrupt version of 7). Personally, I would go back to windows 10 and you can get a clean ISO from the media creation tool.
microsoft.com/en-us/software-down.../windows10

Also, what are you using to make the bootable USB? You're not just throwing the ISO over on the USB, are you?
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TTG-Cashew wroteIs this a pirated version of Windows 7? If not, I hope you know that you are going to need a key to install the OS. You could, however, reinstall 10 on the laptop because that key is stored on the PC in various places. Anyways to solve your problem, the Toshibas boot menu key should be F12. Repeatedly press that key on the start up of your PC. Select USB if your bootable windows are on that and if that doesn't boot, you goofed up somewhere with making it (or you have a corrupt version of 7). Personally, I would go back to windows 10 and you can get a clean ISO from the media creation tool.
microsoft.com/en-us/software-down.../windows10

Also, what are you using to make the bootable USB? You're not just throwing the ISO over on the USB, are you?


It is a genuine version of windows 7 I'm trying to install. I have got a product key alsom

I've tried previously a few times to create the bootable usb with windows 7, each time it is never recognised.

How can I go back to windows 10 now that my system has no OS? By that I mean, I have a bootable usb with windows 7, and I havent got a second computer to try put windows 10 on again.

I have used both rufus and unetbooten to create the bootable drive, each time following the same advice on multiple tutorials

Thanks for the advice also
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Any other advice guys? Would be much appreciated.
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What ever USB Stick you are using to boot from, make sure that it has nothing on it and use this tool which was mentioned above. microsoft.com/en-us/software-down.../windows10

That tool will correctly create a bootable USB Drive with the latest version of Windows 10. You wont need to enter a key as it should be licensed to the motherboard of your laptop.

It's a simple 3 click process to getting Windows 10 on a USB with that tool.
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Dan- wroteWhat ever USB Stick you are using to boot from, make sure that it has nothing on it and use this tool which was mentioned above. microsoft.com/en-us/software-down.../windows10

That tool will correctly create a bootable USB Drive with the latest version of Windows 10. You wont need to enter a key as it should be licensed to the motherboard of your laptop.

It's a simple 3 click process to getting Windows 10 on a USB with that tool.


Thanks.

Is there a way I can install windows 7? But using an external DVD optical drive on a computer with no OS without needing to install any drivers for the external drive?
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Thanks.

Is there a way I can install windows 7? But using an external DVD optical drive on a computer with no OS without needing to install any drivers for the external drive?


You did go to the boot menu and then it is failing, right? Or is it not seeing the USB? If it's not seeing the USB, you need to switch to take of secure boot and make sure you're then set to legacy boot. This is changed in BIOS. It should be set to UEFI because of windows 10.
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TTG-Cashew wrote
Thanks.

Is there a way I can install windows 7? But using an external DVD optical drive on a computer with no OS without needing to install any drivers for the external drive?


You did go to the boot menu and then it is failing, right? Or is it not seeing the USB? If it's not seeing the USB, you need to switch to take of secure boot and make sure you're then set to legacy boot. This is changed in BIOS. It should be set to UEFI because of windows 10.


It fails on the boot menu. I have access BIOS and have tried with both enabled and disabled secureboot.

Not able to see anything referring to UEFI.

I just want to know if I can fresh install windows 7 on a windows 10 machine which has had the OS removed. To do this using an external DVD drive without needing to install any drivers.

I dont care if the USB doesnt work, I can easily get a disc drive, but would this work I am needig this moee urgently as Uni approaches.

Thanks again for all the advice guys!
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It fails on the boot menu. I have access BIOS and have tried with both enabled and disabled secureboot.

Not able to see anything referring to UEFI.

I just want to know if I can fresh install windows 7 on a windows 10 machine which has had the OS removed. To do this using an external DVD drive without needing to install any drivers.

I dont care if the USB doesnt work, I can easily get a disc drive, but would this work I am needig this moee urgently as Uni approaches.

Thanks again for all the advice guys!


Yes, you can put windows 7 on a windows 10 machine with no OS. Im 99.99% sure the USB has a bad burn of the Windows OS on there. What are you talking about with the external DVD drive? Im sorry, but im not getting what you are trying to say or ask about it. A USB or E-SATA external DVD drive will not need any drivers on it to work. Should be just plug and play. If you could get a version of windows on a disk, you could use that to install windows with.
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TTG-Cashew wrote
It fails on the boot menu. I have access BIOS and have tried with both enabled and disabled secureboot.

Not able to see anything referring to UEFI.

I just want to know if I can fresh install windows 7 on a windows 10 machine which has had the OS removed. To do this using an external DVD drive without needing to install any drivers.

I dont care if the USB doesnt work, I can easily get a disc drive, but would this work I am needig this moee urgently as Uni approaches.

Thanks again for all the advice guys!


Yes, you can put windows 7 on a windows 10 machine with no OS. Im 99.99% sure the USB has a bad burn of the Windows OS on there. What are you talking about with the external DVD drive? Im sorry, but im not getting what you are trying to say or ask about it. A USB or E-SATA external DVD drive will not need any drivers on it to work. Should be just plug and play. If you could get a version of windows on a disk, you could use that to install windows with.
Sweet! Sorry I didn't mention that, it would only be a USB drive as it's not worth fixing the internal one since it only stays in one place.

Will I need to do anything in the bios? With the USB DVD drive do I boot from USB or boot from CD?

Any other settings in BIOS I may need to change?

Thanks again man! Been a big help
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