Hello, I am trying to install Windows 7 on an old Dell Latitude E6510. This laptop was manufactured June 2010, I am aware that it is aged and might well be completely depreciated.
I am running into an issue while installing a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium onto the device, from a physical retail disk
The issue goes like this:
"Dell Latitude E6510 Series, BIOS revision A16"
-"Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", press enter (if in UEFI boot mode)
-"Windows is loading files" progress bar twice. First bar fills quickly, second bar takes maybe 20 seconds to fill.
-Windows 7 "Starting Windows," without colored ball animation, for about 5 seconds
-Screen goes completely white, then black with a vertical stripe, then black
-ends with "No boot-able devices devices found, f1 to restart, f2 to configure" if in UEFI boot mode, or laptop will just restart and repeat above cycle in Legacy mode.
Hard drive installed is a pre-partitioned 500GB Toshiba from 2019, and is converted to GPT format
If the drive is not partitioned, the laptop will not restart and will complain that there is no active partition present.
I have tried installing Windows onto just the hard drive from my computer then using sysprep to prep it for install into the Latitude, but my computer has issues restarting quickly, so it didn't install correctly and my plan failed.
I have tried shuffling around the boot order in the BIOS, nothing has worked as of yet
I have tried installing windows from a USB Flash drive copy of the retail disk, and from a copy of the retail disk I put on a blank TDK data disk, in case the mild scratches on the retail disk could have possibly been an issue.
I cannot find any resources online about this specific problem, but I have heard that Dell is notorious for having really finicky BIOS settings, and I am not all that familiar with Dell software. I also know that Windows 7 is completely unsupported by Microsoft, but this particular laptop cannot support Windows 10 at all, which I originally planned to install. Maybe it's possible with drivers, but I don't know how possible it is to install those if the laptop doesn't even have an OS to begin with.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.