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Megablade
06-09-2013, 03:06 PM
So, hello!

I just purchased my G75VX yesterday with the intent of downgrading(or in my opinion upgrading) to Windows 7, however I'm a complete noob in this area, as I've never actually attempted to do something like this before.

I was browsing the ROG forums for a little while and found some threads of people who have indeed installing W7, however I haven't found an in-depth guide to walk me through properly. There's a stickied guide by bjurn that I thought could help, however, I don't intend to replace my default HDD with a solid state drive, nor do I have an ASUS recovery CD for the default drivers.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some help in this matter, it would be very much appreciated.

Clintlgm
06-09-2013, 10:19 PM
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?29983-Clean-Windows-7-on-Asus-G75VX-(Win8-pre-installed)&country=&status= this is the most complete guide I think we have on the forum

Zygomorphic
06-09-2013, 11:57 PM
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?29983-Clean-Windows-7-on-Asus-G75VX-(Win8-pre-installed)&country=&status= this is the most complete guide I think we have on the forum
+rep for finding and linking this thread! That should help...unless you would like to join me and support LINUX...(shameless plug).
As to recovery CD/DVD, you don't need it. All the drivers are on the ASUS support page:
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=G75VX&p=3&s=388
Most of these drivers should work with Win 7 64-bit just fine.

rewben
06-10-2013, 12:35 AM
yeah like @Clintlgm pointed out that's the complete guide for you to do a clean install.

as for the recovery set, @Zygo is right, you don't need it if you do a clean install of w7. however if you feel that you must have one, asus already released a tool called 'ASUS Backtracker' for g75vx for this purpose (under the Utilities section (http://www.asus.com/ROG_ROG/G75VX/)). it's best to have an blank external hdd for this. (a related discussion on this backtracker can be found here (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?32703-AsusBacktracker-Backup-Factory-Image-Windows-8-G75VX))

Megablade
06-10-2013, 10:56 AM
Thank you for all the help, it's very much appreciated. :D

I have a few more questions for you all if you don't mind.

1. Is there a separate partition of the system for the OS? If so, do I overwrite this partition to install Windows 7?

2. If I do overwrite that partition, will I no longer be able to use that backtracker tool to restore to Windows 7?

3. Is it possible to create a separate partition for Windows 7? Can it then be dual-booted with Windows 8?

Thank you all again for helping me, like I said, it's very much appreciated.

rewben
06-10-2013, 03:41 PM
1. yes, the original os partition is usually designated as OS. however, if you do this before you created your recovery set, the new installation will probably mess the stock partition table and you will NOT be able to create the recovery set from it;
2. i am not sure but it's very likely that the backtracker tool will fail to create the recovery set.
3. yes, you can do that. but again, it will probably mess things up.

it's best you create the recovery set before you do anything to your stock drive.

Megablade
06-10-2013, 03:47 PM
I'm still on Windows 8, just finished installing the recovery set on a 32GB usb and backing up the drivers, haven't made any changes yet.

So the backtracker tool is only useful if I'm sticking to Windows 8? It sounds like it won't restore my system to Windows 8 IF I install Windows 7.

Clintlgm
06-10-2013, 09:27 PM
I'm not sure but I think if you only format and change your OS partition, the back tracker will install back to Windows 8 since it works off of the recovery partition? You may want to just extract your win 8 Key and look for an Image if you want to reinstall Win 8 in the future? Another thing you can do is create an image of your hard drive using Macrium Reflect (http://www.macrium.com/) for restoring to original in the future.

rewben
06-11-2013, 10:05 AM
I'm still on Windows 8, just finished installing the recovery set on a 32GB usb and backing up the drivers, haven't made any changes yet.

So the backtracker tool is only useful if I'm sticking to Windows 8? It sounds like it won't restore my system to Windows 8 IF I install Windows 7.

i'm not sure of this but it's supposed to restore your system to w8 no matter what OS you're using.

pka4916
06-13-2013, 01:54 AM
With the Tool it creates a full setup that will restore ALL the PARTITIONS and all the hidden software and Windows 8
So if you made a backup USB stick then you are OK.
you can delete all the partitions and put windows 7 on it.

Once you boot with the USB stick to go back to windows 8, it will wipe out ALL the partitions, and make the 3 partitions again
(2 hidden and 1 visible)