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Windows 7: New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?

12 Oct 2015   #1
NewbieLikesWin7

Windows 10
 
 
New Computer w/ Win10 Factory Install >> Revert to Win7?

I'm sorry to create a new thread. This topic has been addressed in other threads, but it's hard to make heads or tails "IF" I should, or "IF" I can even do this. Driver compatibility, software, et.

In a nutshell, I want to take a computer with Windows 10 factory install, and install Windows 7.

Again, I know there's tons of variables, but here's the crux:

I can't build a custom machine b/c I want to take advantage of 0% financing from a particular retailer.

I want to buy one of the better Desktop machines I can afford ($700+/- from a National retailer)... (fastest processor I can afford (prob. Intel), most RAM I can afford, most Hard Drive Space I can afford, et.). All of their machines have Windows 10 factory installed of course (a few have win8 -but they aren't as fast, less memory, et).

I've had a new Windows 10 machine for about a week now. I just don't like Windows 10. I've spent far too much time tweaking settings, adding icons, figuring out privacy settings, trying to make Win10 compatible w/ 3rd party programs... on and on. I see its upside, but it's not for me -I guess I'm old school and "know what I like".

**So, given the above scenario... can I take a Clean Windows 7 Install, w/ product Key, install Win 7 and revert a NEW Win 10 machine back to Windows 7? **

I've read so many conflicting data points I figured I'd just ask the question in a new thread. I'm "returning" my current "new" Desktop this week (b/c the Processor isn't what I'd hoped). I figure when I return this new machine I can try an install of Win7 on my new replacement.

I thank anyone in advance for their feedback! THANK YOU! (again, sorry to create a new thread!)

Cornelius


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12 Oct 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I would replace the hdd or ssd with a new so at least the 10 install is intact
Then install 7 on a new ssd should be fairly straight forward process of installing 7 on the new machine but you're not showing any hardware in your system spec's page or computer model....
See the link above my signature Fill in your system spec's page.
Post a link to the model you bought

If you want tips on win-10 you might not be aware of,
Windows 10 Tutorials
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12 Oct 2015   #3
NewbieLikesWin7

Windows 10
 
 

Thanks Thrash. I submitted some of my computers info., but I'm going to return it -so it's kind of irrelevant.

My question to you is, do you think I can take a machine with factory Windows 10 pre-installed, and install Win7? I loved the looks of your system. I'm going to opt for some upgraded (more expensive) features with my new machine (after I return this existing machine). I uploaded some specs, but they aren't going to be here tomorrow.

**In a nutshell, if I buy a computer w/ Win10, and many of the properties your "awesome" computer has... do you think I can do a Win7 downgrade? I will buy a licensed Win7 install, w/ key, et. I just don't know if it's an awful idea to "attempt" to downgrade a factory installed machine from Windows 10.

Sorry, I'm not the most computer savvy. I'm not awful, but most of you guys are pretty sharp w/ this stuff (please don't laugh at my ignorance!).

Thanks in advance!
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12 Oct 2015   #4
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

I am also a 'hardline won't upgrade' Windows 7 user, but I switched one of my machines to Windows 10 as an experiment to see if I could get used to it.

I added classic shell to give me a W7 start menu, used ShutUp10 to disable all telemetry + snooping, added back Windows Media Center (I use my pc's to watch live TV) with a bit of help from a certain pirate site, enabled the W7 photo viewer, unpinned the Edge browser (I use Firefox, but IE is in Program Files if you want it).

What I'm left with is basically Windows 7 with a different desktop image, but it will live past 2020. All my usual software works OK - Photoshop, Cinema 4D, VMware etc, so it's business as usual.
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12 Oct 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well you show mostly AMD stuff which is okay but Intel would be better and NVidia graphic's would also be better.

Heck post a budget we might be able to post some suggestions
A novice budget is probably around 1500.us and you might still need a monitor and keyboard/ mouse

Is it possible to install 7 and a manufactures machine :/
As my first reply yes probably but I would buy a new ssd = solid state drive to do it on and leave the factory hdd alone just incase
Plus warrantee if you run into a defective machine part....
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12 Oct 2015   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I have another way to go. Have you ever thought about getting a Refurbished laptop with Win 7. You can get a fast processor for a cheap price with Win 7. I just googled and came up with these, but there are many others.
Laptops Refurbished - Walmart.com
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15 Oct 2015   #7
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wasnotwas View Post
I am also a 'hardline won't upgrade' Windows 7 user, but I switched one of my machines to Windows 10 as an experiment to see if I could get used to it.

I added classic shell to give me a W7 start menu, used ShutUp10 to disable all telemetry + snooping, added back Windows Media Center (I use my pc's to watch live TV) with a bit of help from a certain pirate site, enabled the W7 photo viewer, unpinned the Edge browser (I use Firefox, but IE is in Program Files if you want it).

What I'm left with is basically Windows 7 with a different desktop image, but it will live past 2020. All my usual software works OK - Photoshop, Cinema 4D, VMware etc, so it's business as usual.
This would appear to be exactly what I and many others might be looking for. I looked at ShutUp10 and if it really works as advertised, it would go a long way toward nipping Microsoft's nosiness in the bud and preserving user privacy. Many thanks.
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