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How do I install Windows 7 on an HP Stream 13 touchscreen laptop?

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December 1, 2015 7:13:47 PM

Now, I know this came with Windows 8, but I would like to downgrade to Windows 7. Every time I go to install it (from a USB with a legit ISO) I get a message saying:

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

I've tried multiple things, from reformatting the disk in gParted, to installing Ubuntu to see if I can run it through Wine to get past that. Nothing has worked so far. How do I bypass this? There is no CD drive in this laptop, so I can't do anything there.

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December 1, 2015 8:56:10 PM

Anybody?
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December 1, 2015 9:09:06 PM

have you tried using an external optical drive to install win7 from? might have fun finding drivers for win7 as hp site only shows win8.1 & 10 drivers, not win8 or win7.
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December 2, 2015 9:38:17 PM

ffg7 said:
have you tried using an external optical drive to install win7 from? might have fun finding drivers for win7 as hp site only shows win8.1 & 10 drivers, not win8 or win7.


The laptop won't even read the drive until it's booted into Ubuntu, which is what I'm using until I can get this fixed.

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December 3, 2015 10:39:24 AM

did you select in the boot order that the usb optical drive is 1st?
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December 3, 2015 9:01:12 PM

ffg7 said:
did you select in the boot order that the usb optical drive is 1st?

Yes, it still doesn't boot from it. I've even tried making a live USB and booting from there, but it freezes at the boot and I get a 0x0000007b BSoD.
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December 6, 2015 11:42:57 AM

ffg7 said:
does that stick bootup on other computers ok? read this link as it is google but has a bunch of links about that error message. https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=stop+error+0x7b+win...


Yep, it boots up just fine on my main computer. I even let it install on my backup hard drive just to see if it was the copy I had, but it works perfect. I'm about to just give up and install Linux Mint, that's the most similar to Windows

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