Converting GPT To MBR Disk in Windows 8 for Installing Windows 7

The newest Windows operating system is Windows 8, its operating interface overturns the prior versions. Though Windows 8 have had lots of improvement and advantages, many people still like using Windows 7. Windows 7 is an excellent operating system after Windows XP, it is said that Microsoft will stop Windows XP service in 2014. Windows Vista that between Windows XP and Windows 7 is hardly worth mentioning. So there are two choice: Windows 8 or Windows 7. I believe that more people prefer Windows 7.

Now it’s time to return to the fundamentals, many people bought a computer(most are laptops) that comes installed with Windows 8, but they want to get rid of Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on it instead. But here’s the problems: such as the Windows 7 installation would not install because the drive is formatted to GPT or all of the partitions that are on disk are GPT protected. Can we solve the problems? Certainly yes! If there are no partitions on your disk, you can convert GPT to MBR in Windows disk management, otherwise, you must delete all partitions first. This method steps are suggested like this: backup disk -> delete partitions -> convert GPT to MBR -> reinstall -> recovery. More trouble, isn’t it? Is there any simple way? The answer is also yes.

I said above there is a simple way to convert GPT to MBR in Windows 8, that is with a third-party software, for example AOMEI Partition Assistant, not only simple, but also won’t cause data loss. That’s why it’s so important to use a professional third-party software.

To convert a disk to MBR disk:

  • Select the disk to convert;
  • Right click the disk and select “Convert to MBR Disk”;
  • Confirm your operation, by clicking “OK” to continue;
  • Click “Apply” button on the toolbar to commit the changes.

Windows 8 Enterprise Edition has a feature named “Windows to Go”, with it, you can create a portable Windows USB drive. However, only Enterprise Edition has this built-in function. But as I mentioned above it’s so important to use a professional third-party software. AOMEI Partition Assistant now has a function called “Windows 8 to Go Creator”. With it, you can create a portable Windows 8 no matter it is Enterprise or not. AOMEI Partition Assistant works well on both Windows 7 and Windows 8. There are also other AOMEI Partition Assistant that support Windows Server operation system. Free AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition and paid AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition. In a word, AOMEI Partition Assistant is a powerful partition software provides optimize partition functions from basic to advanced functions and supports almost all Windows OSes.