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    M$ have turned into Apple

    I bought the oldest lad a new laptop. It came 'pre-installed' with Linpus Linux, but it basically only to give boot options.

    Now that manufacturers are embracing UEFI instead of good old fashioned BIOS it means M$ can lock users in to using Win 8. Wankers.

    So, instead of simply putting a working version of Win 7 on it, I have to fuck about DLing the right version of Win 8 (RTM) and then crack it using a KMS Activator (which the lad being a dickhead will undoubtedly delete or allow the anti-virus software to kill it 5 mins after getting his hands on it).

    I'm not paying over 5k for a kosher version.
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    Can you not disable it in the BIOS?

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    Microsoft have always been that way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Can you not disable it in the BIOS?
    I did on a friends laptop. He despised Windows 8 and so I rolled him back to 7. I would just stay away from UEFI products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Can you not disable it in the BIOS?
    No - Acer have set it so it cannot be changed to legacy mode.

    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    I did on a friends laptop. He despised Windows 8 and so I rolled him back to 7. I would just stay away from UEFI products.
    I tried (a dozen different ways). the Win 7 install just hangs as soon as the start-up screen starts to load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I tried (a dozen different ways). the Win 7 install just hangs as soon as the start-up screen starts to load.
    I defeated it on a toshiba laptop as I had the same problem. I cant be bothered to post a tutorial tonight as I am on the piss but I may tomorrow.

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    The university just gave me a Lenovo think pad, the value I think is about 20,000 baht. It came with windows 7, and after a month I took it to the uni computer shop and they entered the key information to make it real. Very happy indeed with it. Mostly 6+ hours battery life. Mine was made last year. Wonder why the one you bought is so different. Cheers.

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    F2 on boot gives you what ?

    can you create a UEFI bootable USB stick - http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...e-windows.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Acer
    serves you right

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog Acer serves you right
    That is the brand they are replacing!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Microsoft have always been that way...
    Yes....not your friends.

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    What a load of gobbledegook! Why didn't you just get yaself an apple and save yourself all this trouble?

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    stubborn fat aging old git is why, or marmers. Drives a Ford if ya dont know.

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    Acer are shite.

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    Bios remember that from the dark ages!

    Posted from my Mac.

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    I bought a cheap laptop for my oldest lad. If it was for me, I would've spent more.

    I wouldn't buy a Mac as there are too many compatibility issues with the main things I need it for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing into trouble View Post
    Bios remember that from the dark ages!

    Posted from my Mac.
    I remember FORTRAN 66 and punch cards, if we are really going to talk about the Dark Ages. I was born the same year as Steve Jobs but didn't want to spend my life programming computers, which I figured any fool could do, so I quit Computer Science after the first year and studied Economics instead. Slaps head.
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