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Windows 7: Just bought a PC with Windows 8...... can I switch to Windows 7?

15 Apr 2013   #1
True Colors

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
Just bought a PC with Windows 8...... can I switch to Windows 7?

I bought a refurbished PC from dell(Model XPS8500). It has a spinning drive with Windows 8 installed.

I would like to remove the hard drive from this system and replace it with a solid state drive, then install Windows 7.

Will this be a problem?

Thanks,

TC


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15 Apr 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi True Colors

Take a look at these links below

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Where are you going to get Windows 7 ? You will need a legit Product Key
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15 Apr 2013   #3
gregrocker

 

In addition on a new Win8 PC you must disable Secure Boot as shown in UpDowngrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

then either install in UEFI mode or Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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16 Apr 2013   #4
PRATIK

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate & Windows 8 CP 64-bit
 
 

remember even after bypassing UEFI

(i got this problem in my friends HP Win 8 laptop which wasted my 8 hrs )
u need a unique windows 7 image on USB or DVD to confirm it will install and detect all HDD

i try win 7 SP1 iso via usb and Win 7 sp1 with DVD == no work
but I try Win 7 without SP1 via DVD it works
I used win 7 Alienware retail dvd iso file via dvd to install win 7 on that HP8 machine

but experience will be different by machine by machine

u can copy ur old win 7 backup token and restore it to ur Laptop
so u will save 200$
Josh Cell Softwares: Advanced Tokens Manager - The Activation Backup Solution

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16 Apr 2013   #5
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PRATIK View Post
u can copy ur old win 7 backup token and restore it to ur Laptop
so u will save 200$
Josh Cell Softwares: Advanced Tokens Manager - The Activation Backup Solution

Not only is that "not legal", but it won't work anyway. That will only work if the token is put back on the original PC it was saved from.
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