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22 Aug 2012   #1
keoughla

Ubuntu 32 bit
 
 
Need information

I just bought a used laptop that has Ubuntu OS but I want to go back to use Windows 7 instead. It came with Windows 7 but the previous owner installed Ubuntu. I press F8 and nothing happens. Does that mean I have to buy Windows 7 and intall it myself? I have a Toshiba Satellite L455. Thanks for the help


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22 Aug 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Is there a "Certificate Of Authenticity" sticker anywhere on the PC, possibly in the battery case?

If there is and you can read the 25 character "Product Key" found on that sticker, you don't have to buy another Windows 7 license. You would just go to mydigitallife.info, download the Windows 7 ISO that corresponds to your sticker, burn it to a disc, install it, and activate with that Product Key.

If you don't have a Certificate Of Authenticity with the Product Key, you may be out of luck---unless the previous owner has the Product Key or a Windows 7 disc with Product Key.
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22 Aug 2012   #3
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Did you get any disc's or paperwork with the laptop ? If you go to the Toshiba website and find your model you may be able to find out how to do a recovery to factory settings, that would take it back to Windows 7.

Is the Product key label still on the machine, either on the bottom or under the battery, you will need that probably at some stage.

Those are my thoughts but hang around and the experts should be able to help you out and Welcome to the forums you'll find plenty of help here.
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22 Aug 2012   #4
keoughla

Ubuntu 32 bit
 
 

There is a "Certificate Of Authenticity" sticker on the bottom but I can't read the product key because the numbers are worn off
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22 Aug 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If the previous owner can't tell you the product key, your best move may be to follow Joan's advice and contact Toshiba--either website or by phone.

They may be able to provide (free or for a price) a set of "recovery disks" that will restore Windows 7.

Normally, the Toshiba would have a partition on it that would restore Windows 7, but the Ubuntu installation may have wiped that partition out.

Wait for more comments.

Windows 7 Home Premium is occasionally on sale for as little as $80 if you have to buy again.
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22 Aug 2012   #6
keoughla

Ubuntu 32 bit
 
 

yeah the person I bought it from doesn't have the product key
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22 Aug 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you contact Toshiba, be sure to tell them that you cannot read the Product Key on the sticker.

I think the recovery disks they may sell you do not require a Product Key from that sticker.
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22 Aug 2012   #8
keoughla

Ubuntu 32 bit
 
 

Where can I buy Windows 7 32-bit cheaper than from Amazon?
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22 Aug 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't keep track of the prices, but I know I saw a sale price of about 80 at Newegg within the last week or so.

It's back up to 99.99 right now.

Newegg.com - Software, Operating Systems, $75 - $100


You just have to check around.
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22 Aug 2012   #10
keoughla

Ubuntu 32 bit
 
 

Thanks I will check around
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