Help Uninstalling Windows 8

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    doodalydoo

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    I've been trying to uninstall windows 8 for past couple days now. From what I've gathered I need to change the boot mode from UEFI to CSM. Just one problem, my bios doesn't have that option! My BIOS is like none I've every seen before. Here's a pic of my BIOS under the System Configuration tab where the option to change from UEFI to CMS should be, based on the tutorials I've seen, but like I said nothing is there. This is really frustrating me. So I am just missing something, is there a work around for this, or am I just screwed?
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    Wonder why you don't get a response.

    So, let me pave the way.
    First, forget about "UEFI to CSM" for now.
    Questions :
    1. You want to uninstall Win 8. So, what Windows version do you plan to go back to? Vista or Win 7 ?
    2. To simplify the question, let's assume you want to go back to Win 7. ( Same questions will apply to Vista.)
    Do you have ....
    a.Win 7 installation disc or Win 7 bootable iso disc?
    b. Win 7 product key?
     
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    What I like to do is just create a Ubuntu live disc or bootable usb stick and wipe the hard drive with them (if you have any files on the hard drive, back them up).
    Now you can just do a clean install of your desired operating system.
     
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    doodalydoo,
    I have a laptop preinstalled with Win 7 and another one preinstalled with Vista.
    On both laptops I installed Win 8, and in separate times, I decided to uninstall Win8.
    All I had to do was to change the boot order to CD/DVD drive., then inserted the Win 7 or Vista Installation disc and reinstalled back to the original os.
    Eventually, I have one laptop running Win 7 and one running Win 8.1 Pro.
     
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    I plan to uninstall windows 8 and install windows 7 in its place. Yes I have everything I need to install, I just can't do to the CSM issue
     
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    I wiped out my system, it still didn't work
     
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    My laptop came pre-installed with windows 8. The thing with pre-installed windows 8 is it come with a feature called Secure Boot which needs to be turned off in order to install any older OS. I did that. The next thing you need to do is change the boot mode from UEFI to CSM in the BIOS. I've watched several tutorials on the procedure and they all have the standard looking BIOS. It's under Advanced>System Configuration and Boot Mode option is right there. It's not on mine. The picture above is all that is displayed in my System Configuration tab. I know my computer does have a CSM boot mode. http://www.forumswindows8.com/attachments/installation-setup/2932d1392444783t-capture2.png . This is the Bios I have installed. It gives you directions on how to install Bios via CD. The 4th line on the 1st bullet point instructs you to put laptop in CSM boot. So like I said I know my laptop has the option, why it's not showing up is beyond me.
     
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    That's the tutorial I tried to use. Once I get to the change boot order part, I'm stuck. Yes, I mean Windows 8. I wish I had 8 Pro would make this process a whole lot easier :D
     
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    Most computer manufacturers have their own Community Support Forums.
    Google for yours and ask the people there.
     
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    I did, nobody knows. The issue I'm having seems to be unknown by most people. I tweeted Toshiba support and if I don't get and answer I'll call them
     
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    Remember the link I gave you? The one you said you were using ?
    Why don't you register there and ask ?
     
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    I did I registered at every win8 forum I could find lol
     
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    Can I persuade you to stick with Win 8 ..... for now?
    If you have issue on how to run Win 8, perhaps you post back with specific questions, and let us help you.
     
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    I might dual boot Windows 8 and 7 for awhile just so I have it there if I ever feel like switching it up
     
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    Well I guess I'm going to have to just stick with windows 8 because customer service told me they were going charge me to walk me through the process of fixing it. That's ridiculous they are going to charge me to show me where the CSM option is in my BIOS
     
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    You have a Toshiba. Right ?
    Have a look at this. It includes pictures illustration. It does not look like your screenshot.
    You must have hit a wrong key or something.
    Want to read this tutorial published byToshiba?
    TOSHIBA
    Technical Support Bulletin
    https://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2B03F30002R01.htm
     
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    I hit F2 on startup and it brings me to what I took a picture of. My bios was just released in December of 2013 so that illustration is probably for an older Bios
     
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    Just for the hell of it. Would you mind post a full screenshot of System Configuration window ?
     
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    Advanced tab.jpg System config tab.jpg
    1st pic is advanced tab, 2nd is system config.
     
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