A new Lenovo laptop bought this August came with Windows 10. Windows 8.1 worked on it, except when drivers were missing; only Windows 10 is supported. When I try to boot the Windows 7 installation in Legacy mode the "Loading Windows Files" loading screen appears along with the "Starting Windows" boot screen. Shortly after, this Blue Screen error appears every time I try to do so.

Photo of Blue Screen Error

If I try it in UEFI mode, it freezes on the "Starting Windows" boot screen and has a weird red bar at the top of the screen. I have secure boot disabled and have tried both UEFI and Legacy mode.

I even tried disabling TPM, and the Optimized OS defaults option. Lastly I flashed the BIOS but still got the same results.

What's the next step to get Windows 7 on my IdeaPad 330-15IGM (manual)?

  • Are you installing Windows 7 with a USB 2 or USB 3 flash drive?
    – Ramhound
    Dec 8, 2018 at 0:16
  • + Ramhound Actually I was wrong I guess it is 2.0 lol, my bad. I looked up the serial number to double check. amazon.com/SanDisk-Flash-Cruzer-Glide-SDCZ60-016G-B35/dp/… Dec 8, 2018 at 0:20
  • +K7AAY You could be right, I just find it odd that 8.1 will install and work out of the box. Dec 8, 2018 at 0:21
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    VampireFox2, I wish I had something for you, but I don't. Is there a Killer App which only works with Windows 7, or is this a matter of preference? Why do you want Windows 7?
    – K7AAY
    Dec 8, 2018 at 0:25
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    – K7AAY
    Dec 8, 2018 at 0:48

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Since only Windows 10 is supported, and there are no Windows 7 drivers, it is likely that Windows 7 does not know how to deal with new hardware in your IdeaPad. It is significantly different under the hood than Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.


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