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Windows 7: Windows 7 Retail

06 Jan 2014   #11
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You might check with the PC's OEM. Some offer an OEM downgrade complete with disk. (Usually for a price.)
You might also get/create an 8.1 OEM restore disk and save your PID and key for it. You might decide later to reinstall it for an upgrade.

Here's the full story: How to downgrade from Windows 8


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07 Jan 2014   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Before ordering from this site, read here. I never heard of Evaluesoftware before now but what I found on the internet about the company made me as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Most of the glowing reviews I did find either could be traced back to Evaluesoftware or were too good (even the best companies get some complaints). Also, they aren't listed with the BBB.

The only places I trust for buying software from (other than the software company itself) are NewEgg and Fry's Electronics (and Fry's tends to be overpriced; I usually only buy when their stuff is on sale). Even Amazon has been known to sell counterfeit software (they often get their software from dodgy sources).
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07 Jan 2014   #13
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Now I understand why OEMs float about and why Microsoft isn't as imposing when it comes to it technically being available to "system builders only". Full retail discs are indeed expensive.
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07 Jan 2014   #14
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I personally prefer retail since it can be moved from computer to computer without any hassle. Technically, if you replace a MOBO with an OEM OS on it, you can't transfer the OS to the new MOBO. Usually, M$ will make an exception under those circumstances but you have to talk to them just right. Rumor has it that M$ is becoming less generous with its exceptions.
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07 Jan 2014   #15
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I personally prefer retail since it can be moved from computer to computer without any hassle.
My thoughts as well. It's unfortunate some countries do not sell the Retail version or it could be very difficult to find. I remember going around several trusted stores in my area (I already live in the capital), only to find OEMs.

My ASUS was sent to repair a while back and the M/B had to be changed. Luckily, I didn't activate the Win7 Pro OEM on the defective M/B.
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07 Jan 2014   #16
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Does it matter if the PC had Windows 8 prebuilt though?
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07 Jan 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It matters in so far as the BIOS is probably set to UEFI with secure boot. Installing Windows 7 in that is a bit iffy but there are tutorials on this forum. I would set the BIOS to legacy (NTFS) mode. That will make it easier.
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07 Jan 2014   #18
ACMDogfight1997

Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Well I'm not the one who's going to install it. I tried doing that but my mom won't trust me. She's not as technologically intelligent as I am and got nervous thinking I would mess up my PC. She's trusting a local PC shop to do it and they're trusting us to find a copy of Windows for them.
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07 Jan 2014   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want to it really fast and easy, install it in VMware Player. That's the ultimate because you have both systems side by side. Have alook how it works. Just made this video. As you will see, you won't even know Windows7 runs in virtual.

Windows 7 and 8 side by side - YouTube

And for the installation use Shawns tutorial. Just select Windows 7 in lieu of 8. It is really easy.

VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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07 Jan 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

Tiger Direct has WIn7 Home Premium OEM for $89 and Professional for $135. Very good deals.

Unfortunately MS seems to think it can hide retail Full and Upgrade versions, possibly to cut Support loads since OEM does not include Support. They may also be thinking of all of the PC's owners who've been stuck with the WIndows 8 Phone App on new PC's who need a way to get back to the Desktop experience that XP and now WIn7 perfected.

Yesterday I read 15 pages of Product Reviews on Best Buy for a Lenovo G500 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive 59399508 - Best Buy I am considering buying. Nearly every single one gave a scathing review to Windows 8. In fact you'll have a hard time finding any review in the tens of thousands on Best Buy or a comparable site that doesn't rage about Win8. It is amazing it hasn't killed PC sales.
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