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Windows 7: Replace Win 8.1 with Win 7

26 Oct 2013   #1
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 
Replace Win 8.1 with Win 7

Hi,

I ask because I purchased a Lenovo laptop (Ideapad 580N) that came pre-installed with Windows 8 which is a nightmare. I recently upgraded to 8.1 because it supposedly had some Win 7 features, instead, it has been worse than Win 8. I've never removed one Win OS and replaced it with another and I have not purchased the Win 7 OS software yet. Is there anything I should know beforehand? HATE is a strong word, but it's the only word appropriate as to my feelings of Win 8 and if possible, I would like to get back to Win 7 asap. Thank you.


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26 Oct 2013   #2
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

Hello Janesdf . Peruse this : Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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26 Oct 2013   #3
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for responding. I've read and been told that the downgrade to win 7 is only available if win 8 Pro was installed on my laptop. My laptop came with regular win 8. I also called Lenovo and was told that I cannot even downgrade back to win 8 after the 8.1 upgrade, which is why I am considering just buying win 7 OS software and replacing win 8 altogether with that.
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26 Oct 2013   #4
Yard Dog

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 32 bit
 
 

In the tutorial, I did not see that mentioned at all, so, following the tutorial and you should be fine .
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26 Oct 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's your best bet. Get a Windows 7 OEM license for $99.99 - e.g. from here:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
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26 Oct 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yard Dog View Post
In the tutorial, I did not see that mentioned at all, so, following the tutorial and you should be fine .
He is right. You need the Pro for a free downgrade.
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26 Oct 2013   #7
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

They're called "downgrade rights". Here is one of the links I found that mentions downgrading is only available with the Pro versions. Understanding downgrade rights
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26 Oct 2013   #8
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Try Classic Shell before you attempt the downgrade.
Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements
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26 Oct 2013   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, agree with whs , depends where you are but it isn't much to pay to escape from Tileworld.
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26 Oct 2013   #10
Janesdf

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, but I am already using Classic Shell. I downloaded that not long after I discovered how bad Win 8 is. Though classic shell is better than the tiles, win 8 and 8.1 are so horrible that classic shell seems like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. I like my laptop as it is better in many ways than my desktop, it just needs a better OS than Win 8 and win 7 is definitely better.
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