First, lets just say I'm not THAT computer savvy, but that hasn't stopped me from messing with my computer. Anyways, was having problems on my computer which came with Windows XP. Since I had access to a Microsoft site due to a college class I was taking, I decided to upgrade my OS and start over. This turned out to be a real challenge because I had also tried to restore my hard drive, and it put Internet Explorer 6 back on, so then I couldn't download the necessary drivers because IE6 was no longer supported, and then I had to install multiple SP for XP, just so I could download the new operating system from the Microsoft site.

Well, I chose Windows 8 because it was "the newest and greatest", right? Wrong. Hate it!

Now I want to try to go back to Windows 7. I have downloaded the Windows 7 OS from the Microsoft site and burnt it onto a disc as an .iso but I can't seem to get it to install. When I try to boot from the disc (as I did with my Windows 8 install) it says that my drive isn't ready. I tried mounting the files to my hard drive and installing that way, but then Windows 8 says that I can't install that "app".

Any suggestions?

  • Do you have a product key for your edition of Windows 7? – iglvzx Jan 1 '13 at 3:58
  • AFAIK, there's no way to download a Windows 7 install ISO from Microsoft. They're out there of course, but none from a Microsoft website. I'd double check that you actually have a Windows 7 install DVD burned. – Tanner Faulkner Jan 1 '13 at 4:04
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    Burned as an iso? So one file? – Canadian Luke Jan 1 '13 at 4:24
  • Yes, I have the product key for Windows 7 and I burnt it as an iso file on the DVD, one file. I downloaded it from Microsoft DreamSpark for Academic Institutions. It is labeled as Microsoft Windows 7 Professional. I downloaded both the 32-bit versions and the 64-bit versions, each on a separate DVD. – madmartian33 Jan 1 '13 at 5:05
  • @r.tanner.f Yes, you can download a Windows 7 ISO (although not from Microsoft website) here – Dave Jan 1 '13 at 9:07

Try and create a new ISO, downloading one of these images: http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-links/

However, these ISO's are of no use without a license (don't split hairs any one, I mean legally); as I can't tell from your post, I'll assume you don't have a W7 license and will therefore have to buy one.

However, your error message says there is a fault with your DVD player; I would try another disc to boot just to see if it works (or not), or use your disc in another machine.

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