I bought a laptop recently which had Windows 8 preinstalled. Unhappy with the new OS, I stuck the Win7 installation disk in. The installation disk wouldn't allow me to install Windows on any of the existing partitions due to disk being GPT, so I used a Gparted live CD to remove all of the old partitions and add a new partition table of type MSDOS and then added two NTFS partitions.
Now, the Windows 7 installation disk won't boot. I just see a blinking white line in the upper left corner. There's also no option to access the BIOS. Gparted still boots, however.
Did I remove the only access I had to the BIOS by formatting the hard drive, or is the BIOS only accessible through an installation of Windows 8? Is there any way to install Windows 7 and, if I can, will I ever be able to access the BIOS again?