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How to downgrade windows 8.1 to windows 7 ?

Downgrade from windows 8 to windows 7 ?

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  • Julie Clark
    Julie Clark Apr 05, 2014

    See , I reapair computers myself . I did try to partition & format drive C , but it does not allow it . It pops up a blue screen error. I was told that a downgrade can not be done on a computer that has Win 8 installed . It can be done only if the computer had Win 8 pro installed originally. There has to be a way I would think .

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    Mohamed Alazhary Apr 05, 2014

    What is the model of your hard drive?

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Format c drive and reserved drive, reinstall windows 7

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How can I downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7


Set the bios to use your DVD drive as first boot device. Place your Win7 install disc in the drive and power up your laptop. Follow the prompts for a clean install. Download ALL drivers from your manufacturers web site.
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How do i downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7 pro reinstall without CD


It is not possible to degrade from Win-8 to Win-7
You have to re-partition the hard disc. All the data stored will be lost. You can upgrade an OS; but can't degrade it. Never try to do more; as it might make the HD damaged. Gopakumar Gopalan Google

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I have a gateway way laptop it had windows 8 but they downgraded to windows vista is their any way i can put windows 8 back on it


IF it originally came with Windows 8, try accessing and running Factory Restore on the hidden partition of the hard drive. If that's been wiped from the hard drive, you'll need a installer disk from the manufacturer. You should be able to get one for a nominal fee.

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When I turn on my sony vaio laptop windows 8 operating system is not found,and when I try to downgrade by installing windows 7 all the drives are not showing so I'm just stuck,I need help


Win 8 will complain if you try to downgrade without removing Win 8 first. Use Ubuntu to clean off the old Win8 and try again from the DVD ISO.

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How to turn off windows 8/ IE


Windows is hard to get used to.
It might take some time time but its a lot faster than windows 7.
Here are some thing you might try before downgrading to Windows 7
Create toolbars on homepage

Create the menu tab on your homepage open webpage right click in the top toolbar you should see a number of toolbar options select the menu tab which will add File Edit View Favorites Tools and Help

Click on the tools at the bottom of the drop down list Managed add ons
Toolbar extensions Search providers and Accelerators you haveif don't need any of them you can disable or remove them.

Right click in the bottom toolbar (Bottom of Screen) select the toolbars option then Desktop this will add >> arrows in the bottom toolbar select the arrows you will see a list with control panelwhich has another list of all control panel items.
Downgrading to windows 7

When Windows 8 was released, Microsoft touted its advanced features, including a fast bootup time and the capability to use the same operating system for desktops, laptops and tablets.

At the same time, many of the design choices in Windows 8 were controversial and, as with most new operating systems, hardware driver support was initially spotty.

To support customers that prefer Windows 7, Microsoft created a cost-free downgrade path for some versions of Windows 8. If you aren't eligible a free downgrade, though, you have other options. Windows 8 Pro Downgrades
If you have the business-oriented edition of Windows 8, Windows 8 Professional, you have the right to downgrade to Windows 7 Professional, but you will need to have your own Windows 7 CD and product key to do this.

Doing the downgrade consists of installing the older operating system on the computer and then calling Microsoft for permission to activate Windows 7 in the event that the product key had already been used.

There is no charge to do this, but completing the process can be time consuming.

Windows 8 Consumer Downgrades
Consumer versions of Windows 8 don't come with free downgrade rights.
To legally downgrade to Windows 7, you will need to have both a Windows 7 CD and a product license that will allow you to install the operating system.

In other words, you'll have to pay for both operating systems.
If you are looking to buy a new computer and don't want Windows 8, consider buying one that still ships with Windows 7 preinstalled.

Simulating Windows 7
If you don't want to deal with the hassle or potential expense of downgrading, you can re create much of the Windows 7 user interface on Windows 8.

One option is to add third-party software programs like Start8, Classic Shell or StartIsBack to access the Start menu.

You can also tweak your system's settings to automatically boot to your desktop instead of the Windows 8 Start screen while also replacing some of the built-in applications that interface with the Start screen with other ones that are desktop friendly.

Why Not Downgrade
If you need to use a piece of unsupported hardware, you might not have the option of using Windows 8 at all.

As Windows 8 matures, however, more hardware drivers are becoming available.
Given that Windows 8 offers a powerful search tool as well as fast bootup times, it has some real advantages over Windows 7.

If you can either learn how to use the interface or are willing to modify it to better suit your preferences, staying with Windows 8 may be a better option for you.

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Windows 8 is my problem


If windows 8 is your problem , Downgrade your system to windows 7

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Downgrading for windows 8 to xp


Hello, in the bios there is a setting called sata mode, you should be able to change it to ide mode, save and restart the installation of Windows XP. Hope this helps

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Brain lara international cricket 2007 doesnot support windows 8 and windows 8.1 platform so it gives some errors like 0x00000xxx. Downgrade the operating system to windows 7,xp or windows server 2008 then it works fine. It is not the pirated cds problem its platform problem. You cant even run in compatible mode in windows 8,8.1.

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I downloaded windows 8 preview and lost windows 7, how do I get rid of w-8 and get my w 7 back barry


If you have windows 8 CP/RP installed in your computer and you want to have windows 7 back, the only way is to make a clean install (format) of windows 7. Because Microsoft Windows does not allow downgrading to windows 7 from windows 8.

So grab a Windows 7 DVD or USB drive and make a format.

Hope this helps, Mrityunjay.

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