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Languid
11-26-2012, 01:32 AM
I recently purchased my ASUS G75VW, it came preloaded with windows 8, is there a way to downgrade it to windows 7 without it messing up anything with the notebook?, and how would the procedures look like.

Pitcher@asus
11-26-2012, 01:55 AM
HI, is your hidden partition existence, if yes, please save all your data and go to ASUS website to download Recover tool to back Win 7.
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&s=110&m=ASUS%20Recovery&os=36&ft=14&f_name=ASUSRecovery_Win8_64_Z103.zip#ASUSRecovery_ Win8_64_Z103.zip

rewben
11-26-2012, 02:20 AM
it's important to point out that only windows 8 pro is eligible for direct downgrade to windows 7/vista. windows 8 does not have that right. you need a new and valid windows 7 key to do that.

Area 66
11-26-2012, 02:58 AM
how many post you will start with the same question ?

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?25723-A-bunch-of-questions-I-need-answers-to.

dstrakele
11-26-2012, 03:55 AM
There's a small problem with that G75VW Clean Install Guilde. Laptops that ship with Windows 8 will not have a sticker with a Windows 7 Product Key on the bottom.

Fire
11-26-2012, 06:43 AM
There's a small problem with that G75VW Clean Install Guilde. Laptops that ship with Windows 8 will not have a sticker with a Windows 7 Product Key on the bottom.

It's not a problem with the guide, if someone is going to install a Windows Edition, they must own or have the product key for it. The guide is perfectly fine. A bit of common sense could be a virtue here don't you think? Obviously the guide was made in mind for those who have bought the G75VW that comes with Windows 7 and thus it states to use the key from the sticker underneath!

FFS

rewben
11-26-2012, 07:06 AM
hm.. if that's the case, i think a better title could help to avoid confusion; if you don't mind, maybe you should name it as "ASUS G75VW Clean Install Guide (Windows 7 Only)". there are a number of steps that are needed in order to allow seamless downgrades from the win8 machines to 7.

Quasimodem
11-26-2012, 03:43 PM
There's a small problem with that G75VW Clean Install Guilde. Laptops that ship with Windows 8 will not have a sticker with a Windows 7 Product Key on the bottom.

Seriously? Sigh...

rewben
11-26-2012, 04:40 PM
hehe @BNaughty, it's fine; there is no more sticker but from ASUS's windows 8 FAQ, the owner still can retrieve their windows product key:

Where can I find information on my Windows 8 product key?

Solution

1. At Start Screen, click Desktop tile or press Windows+D to enter Desktop.
2. Place your mouse in the top or lower-right corner of your display. The Charms will appear on the right side of your display. Click the Settings Charm.
3. Under Settings, click "PC info."
4. This brings up the system information page as shown below. In Windows Activation section, click "View details in Windows Activation."

Quasimodem
11-26-2012, 04:42 PM
hehe @BNaughty, it's fine; there is no more sticker but from ASUS's windows 8 FAQ, the owner still can retrieve their windows product key:

Where can I find information on my Windows 8 product key?

Solution

1. At Start Screen, click Desktop tile or press Windows+D to enter Desktop.
2. Place your mouse in the top or lower-right corner of your display. The Charms will appear on the right side of your display. Click the Settings Charm.
3. Under Settings, click "PC info."
4. This brings up the system information page as shown below. In Windows Activation section, click "View details in Windows Activation."

That's not what I was getting at... Simply wondering why in the world it's the guides problem that the computer only has an 8 product key, not 7...

Do what everyone else does, and use the toolkit, or get a preactivated copy...

dstrakele
11-26-2012, 04:47 PM
Obviously the guide was made in mind for those who have bought the G75VW that comes with Windows 7...

And it's a nice guide for that, but it's just not appropriate for this thread - Downgrading from Windows 8 to 7. The OP has a laptop that shipped with Windows 8. The guide you referenced will fail on that system.

Area 66
11-26-2012, 06:27 PM
If secure boot is activate , he will have probably to unlock the bios first, ( I don't know if Asus are lock,) anyway they have a step by step way to do it on eightforum,

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html#post143425

after you just proceed with a regular install of Windows 7 , since the OP mention he don't use a legal copy of Windows to do so , I can't help more

dstrakele
11-26-2012, 06:57 PM
The "Launch CSM" option in the Boot Options of the BIOS will need to be enabled as discussed by @Silver-Eye in http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?25500-HELP-!!-How-to-install-Win7-on-a-Win8-pre-loaded-G75vw-(Suicide-mode-almost-ON!)&p=187444&viewfull=1#post187444.

That thread is identical in issue to this thread.

Languid
11-27-2012, 05:19 AM
I remember reading somewhere on the ASUS site that if the laptop comes preloaded with windows 8, it is impossible to downgrade to windows 7. But people at BestBuy tells me elsewhere.

rewben
11-27-2012, 07:36 AM
no; you can perform downgrades. just disable secureboot and enable launch csm in bios you should be good to go.

Languid
11-28-2012, 09:43 PM
Looking threw the forums, and found others having the same issue and cannot downgrade to windows 7.

cosmicmango
11-29-2012, 02:44 AM
Maybe this might help

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/turn-factory-windows-8-back-to-windows-7

ckaven
12-07-2012, 02:39 PM
hey guys. New to the forum so i hope im not jumping on a dead thread but i was wondering if anyone as found a solution yet. None of the links above have helped me. Just got my G75VW-TH72 yesterday and i purchased a copy of windows7 Pro to replace windows8. I have had zero luck. I cant even change my boot order. In the BIOS hard drive is the only option. I have installed windows hundreds of times and have never seen something like this. After fighting it all day i called ASUS tech support. They claim the only way to change to windows7 from 8 is to return the computer and buy one that was built for 7. That seems bogus. I have considered removing the HDD and using a PC to format drive and install windows7 on HDD but really dont want to screw up a brand new computer

rewben
12-07-2012, 02:48 PM
what's your bios version?

can you do this? (from ASUS FAQ page (http://support.asus.com/repair.aspx?no=605&SLanguage=en))
- Enter the BIOS setup menu by pressing and holding F2 key when powering on.
- Switch to "Boot" and set “Launch CSM” to Enabled.
- Switch to "Security" and set "Secure Boot Control" to Disabled.
- Press F10 to save and exit.
- Press and hold ESC key to lunch boot menu when the notebook restarts.

if you could locate and unlock the above in bios, you should be good to go.

ckaven
12-07-2012, 03:07 PM
thanks rewben. i will try this when i get off work and let you know the results. I saw those options but wasnt sure what affects they would have

rewben
12-07-2012, 03:11 PM
nice; good luck!

Belenos
01-07-2013, 05:05 PM
I've managed it to install Win7 with setting "Launch CSM" to enabled (as it is described here).
But doesn't bring that setting a performance loss because switching form uefi to legacy bios?

rewben
01-08-2013, 03:47 AM
i have no chance to try this but i think you can try install w7 in uefi mode and test if there is an improvement in performance. you can disable launch csm afterwards to see if w7 can boot with that.

Belenos
01-08-2013, 08:47 AM
The first time I've tried to install win7 the installation process hung while trying in Uefi mode. Maybe there is some setting for installation i have to do.
Yesterday I tried to switch vom CSM to Fast Boot (Uefi) and Win didn't start anymore. I guess that's due to the installation in CSM mode.

rewben
01-08-2013, 09:12 AM
to install w7 in uefi mode, do not use the normal dvd. create and use a usb bootable stick (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?26505-Help!-I-am-an-idiot&p=198032&viewfull=1#post198032) instead.

sorry i am a bit confused about your setup now; can you please tell me about your current windows version, and which mode was it installed? uefi or bios? you can check the mode by opening up the file C:\Windows\Panther\setupact.log and search for 'Callback_BootEnvironmentDetect' without quotes. the immediate line will tell you if it's EFI or BIOS.

edit: after having both bios and uefi installs, i really think uefi installs boot faster. i don't have fast startup and i don't have fast boot in bios option.

Belenos
01-08-2013, 10:26 AM
My BIOS Version is AMI 214. In the Aptio Setup Utility I set in Boot section "Launch CSM" to enabled. In Security section I set "Secure Boot Control" to disabled.
Then I've installed Win 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1 (german version) from DVD.
The "Callback_BootEnvironmentDetect" entry in setupact.log says "EFI". Does it mean that's a Uefi installation, or that the boot environment just supports Uefi? In second case, why I have to choose CMS in Bios and not Fast Load?

rewben
01-08-2013, 12:08 PM
that's a uefi install. that means when you disable CSM the windows will not boot?

er.. what is a CMS? do you mean CSM? to allow other devices to load and boot (dvd, usb) you need to enable Launch CSM.

all this while i guessed wrongly; i thought enable Launch CSM will switch from uefi mode to bios mode.

Belenos
01-08-2013, 01:03 PM
Yup, I mean CSM. Sorry for the typo.
I've guessed switching to CSM disables the Uefi.
And, nevertheless, with Fast Boot (which seems to me to be the real Uefi mode) Win7 doesn't start.

cosmicmango
01-09-2013, 01:46 AM
Maybe this might help
http://www.howtogeek.com/133168/how-to-downgrade-windows-8-pro-to-windows-7/

rewben
01-09-2013, 02:52 AM
Yup, I mean CSM. Sorry for the typo.
I've guessed switching to CSM disables the Uefi.
And, nevertheless, with Fast Boot (which seems to me to be the real Uefi mode) Win7 doesn't start.

no; from your description, i guess the CSM option allows both uefi and bios install and boot (we can see the uefi mode in bios is working when your uefi-based OS boots).

now i am not sure what fast boot does (perhaps it's for optimizing the fast startup in w8 only?)

sskzk
01-12-2013, 08:33 AM
Hai,

I downgraded my new g75vx to Windows7. But I do not find any drivers working for my Athros wifi (PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_43B1&SUBSYS_21231A3B&REV_03) and Atheros Bluetooth BCM20702A0 (USB\VID_13D3&PID_3404&REV_0112). I tried all the compatible drivers does'nt seem to be work!

Can anybody suceeded in installing these drivers?


- Shaj

rewben
01-12-2013, 08:52 AM
@sskzk, have you tried the w8 drivers from ASUS (http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Gaming_Powerhouse/G75VX/#download)? i did a brief check on the driver's inf, and it seemed to be able to work in w7.

get the following:
1. wifi: Version V6.30.95.14
Description Atheros Wireless Lan Driver and Application (i think they labelled this wrongly; it should be Azurewave/broadcom to avoid confusions)
File Size 15,44 (MBytes) 2012.11.01 update

2. bluetooth: Version V12.0.0.2200
Description Azurewave BlueTooth driver
File Size
170,68 (MBytes) 2012.10.20 update

Ristus
02-04-2013, 10:55 AM
do those drivers working?

demoadds
02-13-2013, 09:52 AM
Hello,

I have the same problem with WIFI drivers while downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Finally after 3 days of search, found a working driver from ASUS site iteself :)

Try this link and download the Windows 7 Driver
http://www.asus.com/support/Download/11/1/PCE-AC66/30/

da_nikon
02-13-2013, 12:47 PM
Does this driver work for G75VX?

rewben
02-13-2013, 01:17 PM
@demoadds, this is indeed a good find! let's hope it's a good news for those who are affected!

Ristus
02-13-2013, 02:50 PM
Hello,

I have the same problem with WIFI drivers while downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Finally after 3 days of search, found a working driver from ASUS site iteself :)

Try this link and download the Windows 7 Driver
http://www.asus.com/support/Download/11/1/PCE-AC66/30/
CONFIRM ON THIS these are working Thank you wery much.

Yes these worked on mine G75VX.

SeCheR
02-13-2013, 07:45 PM
Hello,

I have the same problem with WIFI drivers while downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Finally after 3 days of search, found a working driver from ASUS site iteself :)

Try this link and download the Windows 7 Driver
http://www.asus.com/support/Download/11/1/PCE-AC66/30/

Ill confirm this too. Thanks a lot demoadds, ive used way to many days on this my self. ;)

BuLaXa
02-28-2013, 01:25 PM
SOLVED

Network adapter Problem:

a HUGE THANKS to @rledge21 for finding the right driver.
Here is the link for the driver that did the trick for me:

http://www.asus.com/Networking/PCEAC66/#support_Download_30

In case anyone is wondering, I Downgraded from Windows 8 to Win7, had this problem for months. Finally solved it. HELLO, WI-FI! :D

as an asian woman driver would say: "good luck, everyone else!!"

Scottar
03-09-2013, 11:05 PM
HI, is your hidden partition existence, if yes, please save all your data and go to ASUS website to download Recover tool to back Win 7.
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=3&s=110&m=ASUS%20Recovery&os=36&ft=14&f_name=ASUSRecovery_Win8_64_Z103.zip#ASUSRecovery_ Win8_64_Z103.zip

The site states:

ASUS Recovery
Run the utility in Windows 8 can enable the recovery partition in HDD and restore the Notebook to Windows 7 (factory preloaded). This utility only can be used for the Notebooks that preloaded Windows 7 and have been upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8
File Size
173,45 (KBytes)

What do you use if the notebook was preloaded with Windows 8?

mcvc69
03-14-2013, 06:04 AM
G75VX here, tried the driver rledge found, doesnt work for me, the driver doesnt have setup.exe files after extract, tried to load the folder manually from device manager, sofar there are 3 devices with question marks on the icon, 1. Network Controller 2. PCI Simple Communication Controller 3. Universal Serial BUS(USB) Controller, tried right click and update the driver and locate the extracted folder, windows 7 says cant find driver software for your device. anyone help ? :(

rewben
03-14-2013, 07:23 AM
hi @mcvc69, since you can access the device manager, please share the hardware id's of each unknown device. with that, many can help to point out which drivers are missing for your laptop.

IGottaCookie
03-26-2013, 03:50 AM
Hi, i cannot seem to get my bluetooth adapter working at all. I got the USB 3.0 drivers, wifi, and tried multiple bluetooth drivers but it says there is no bluetooth adapter connected. On the device manager it shows up as "BCM20702A0" and the hardware ID is "USB\VID_13D3&PID_3404&REV_0112." If anyone can help me it would be much appreciated.

IGottaCookie
03-30-2013, 04:44 AM
Anyone? :(

ngek202
03-30-2013, 05:57 AM
try to reinstall your OS happens to me before.

IGottaCookie
03-30-2013, 06:10 AM
I actually tried that, I figure my laptop just can't find the drivers on its own and I tried many other drivers. If I could get a link or name of a specific driver that worked for someone else that would be a good start.

Foulksie
04-01-2013, 03:29 AM
Hey I recently got a G75VX and was having the wireless driver issue. I followed the link provided above for a driver that finally works on windows 7 but when I tried to install it i got an error saying 'This device cannot start. (Code 10)'. Anyone know what this is about? Thanks

Foulksie
04-07-2013, 02:44 AM
Hey just in case anyone had the same problem as me ^ and the previously posted wireless drivers didn't solve the win7 issues;

Checked the wireless card hardware id; PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_0032&SUBSYS_2C971A3B&REV_01

If you have the same 'AR9485WB-EG Wireless Network Adapter' go to:
http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-wireless-download.php?chipset=61&system=5

and click the 'click to download'. Site looks dodgy but this finally got my wireless working. Obviously don't click the 'CLICK HERE' ads.

rewben
04-07-2013, 01:41 PM
certain batches of g75vx models have the atheros ar9485wb-eg wifi. the first thing you should do is to check your device manager in the stock windows. you can also retrieve the hardware id from there to determine the correct driver.

Fatrick
05-02-2013, 07:48 PM
G75VX here,

I installed Win7, and thanks to this thread, got my wireless running again. So, thanks for that.

Has anyone been able to get the function buttons to work correctly?
My brightness works if I hold FN and F5, F6, or F7, but that's the only function that works. The keyboard brightness, volume, trackpad control, etc. do not work.

Is there a driver component that may be missing that I haven't installed?

Thanks

holymoly
07-23-2013, 10:14 AM
It's not a problem with the guide, if someone is going to install a Windows Edition, they must own or have the product key for it. The guide is perfectly fine. A bit of common sense could be a virtue here don't you think? Obviously the guide was made in mind for those who have bought the G75VW that comes with Windows 7 and thus it states to use the key from the sticker underneath!

FFS

HI FFS,

In future, please try not to be such a smug c*nt when replying to messages.

bestest of regards,
Holy

Quasimodem
07-23-2013, 05:13 PM
HI FFS,

In future, please try not to be such a smug c*nt when replying to messages.

bestest of regards,
Holy

Butthurt just a little? Go eat a dick...

veneyeth
01-09-2014, 09:44 AM
Hai,

I downgraded my new g75vx to Windows7. But I do not find any drivers working for my Athros wifi (PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_43B1&SUBSYS_21231A3B&REV_03) and Atheros Bluetooth BCM20702A0 (USB\VID_13D3&PID_3404&REV_0112). I tried all the compatible drivers does'nt seem to be work!

Can anybody suceeded in installing these drivers?


- Shaj

I have the wifi working but I am receiving a few errors

the Bluetooth is the main one
device manager
BCM20702a0
device id
USB\VID_13D3&PID_3404&REV_0112
USB\VID_13D3&PID_3404

I have tried the win 8 version from ASUS and it says your using the wrong windows...

also the other issue I am having seems to be part of the touchpad
Device manager
SM Bus controller
hardware id PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1E22&SUBSYS_10AD1043&REV_04
It doesn't have palm recognition and keeps annoying the begez out of me

icapetech
03-23-2014, 02:09 PM
Hello guys, i have the solution for you, the chip is BCM4352,
the link for the driver:
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS038184
ENJOY ;)