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 Post subject: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:01 pm 
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My mom just got a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 8.1 and she wants me to change the OS to Windows 7. We got the Win 7 OS but I can't figure out how to get into the BIOS. I try hitting the delete key on bootup but that doesn't work. How do I get into the BIOS? Or is there another way to do a clean install of 7? She's 73 and won't go over to the dark side to 8.1. Help me Obi-Wan!


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 Post subject: Re: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:37 pm 
Smithfield
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There's no need to get into the BIOS to reinstall Windows, but otherwise you should've gotten a manual that says this or you can go online and find it.


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 Post subject: Re: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:44 pm 
Coppermine
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Skip the upgrade section and read the PREINSTALLED section of this website:

http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/Windows-8-8-1-Knowledge-Base/How-To-Enter-the-system-BIOS-or-UEFI-in-Windows-8/ta-p/329292

And I totally understand your dilemma. Good luck.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:36 pm 
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Thanks btdog. And thank you, really, for actually reading my post. Will do and let you know.


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 Post subject: Re: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:07 am 
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I don't get it. Why do you have to go into BIOS to install a new OS? I thought it was just:

=> format drive
=> insert Win7 disk

Actually, as I wrote this, does the reason have anything to do with the system having the correct boot priority? Although that still shouldn't matter, since the CD-drive should be automatically selected as the system is searching for a boot drive (cycling through HDD, CD-drive, USB, etc)...


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 Post subject: Re: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:23 am 
Smithfield
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I think in newer machines, the default is the HDD, because there's never a time when the average user needs to boot from the CD these days.

But yeah, in my defense, OP's post had a red herring. I dunno, I still felt this could've been resolved by RTFM and even though manuals seem to be simplified these days, I don't think I've encountered one that at least didn't tell you how to get into BIOS.


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 Post subject: Re: How do i get into the BIOS of a new laptop?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:48 am 
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Windows 8, to Windows 7, is what Vista was to Windows XP.
Great info in this thread, which I reckon is certainly worth book-marking.
Good luck.
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(Hopefully, mods will get around to approving my own first post, as it's been almost a week.)


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