let me preface my question by saying I'm completely new to Debian/Linux. Things are not going well in my first foray into Linux, and I'd appreciate any help!
I'm trying to install Debian 8 alongside my existing Windows 7. Here are the steps I've gone through so far:
Downloaded "debian-8.7.1-amd64-CD-1.iso.torrent" from here and created a bootable USB flash drive using win32diskimager.
Booted from the flash drive and used the Debian installer to repartition Windows--I gave Windows ~150GB of my 250GB SSD. I then let the Debian installer automatically configure the 80GB I had freed up. It created a 3.3GB swap partition and a ~75GB partition that I assume is for all things Debian.
Went through the rest of the steps in the graphical installer e.g. choosing an account name and desktop environment; letting it install grub.
When I finally finished and tried to boot up Debian for the first time, grub came up but only listed Debian and not Windows. Furthermore, when I select Debian, it hangs on a screen that says simply:
Loading, please wait...
/dev/sda5: clean, 104994/4685824 files, 1170977/18716672 blocks
I'm really not sure how to proceed from here. I did some searching and found suggestions to make sure legacy boot was enabled and fast boot was disabled, but found these were already the case when I checked my BIOS settings.