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Windows 7: Windows 7 on Dell XPS8700

13 Dec 2014   #1
ESL

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows 7 on Dell XPS8700

I own the PC here:

Dell XPS 8700 Desktop Details | Dell Canada

Dell claims I can't install Windows 7 on it. Is this true? I don't want 8.1.


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13 Dec 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Not certain. It is possible that there are some Windows 7 drivers missing. Only Dell would know that. Else have a look at this:

Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

But you could run Windows 7 in virtual. That is just as good. I run 8.1 like that on an XPS 8300.

Virtual OS Tutorial - Install, Setup and Operate

VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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13 Dec 2014   #3
ESL

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

whs, thank you fOr the reply. I just noticed the Dell site has a Windows 7 driver page for the XPS8700.

Product Support | Dell Canada

Would this be a complete list? There appears to be 28 drivers there.
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13 Dec 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As I said, I really don't know whether those are all the drivers you need. Only Dell can answer that question.

Ask them why they say that you cannot install Windows 7. In the meantime try the virtual route I recommended. It costs nothing, runs real well and is a lot of fun. In appearance and performance you would have a hard time finding a difference to a native installation. Watch the 3d video in the tutorials and this one. It will give you an idea.
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13 Dec 2014   #5
ESL

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply, my friend. I'll check it out.
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20 Dec 2014   #6
gemhunter

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I bought a Dell XPS8700 in mid October that came with Windows 7 Premium installed. I've since then upgraded it to Win 7 Pro. Works fine here, even after I put in a new Soundblaster Z sound card, and Nvidia 750 Ti video card, as the built-in sound and the Nvidia 720 didn't float my boat.
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27 Dec 2014   #7
ESL

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Update: I have successfully installed Windows 7 on the XPS8700. As for Dell saying it wasn't possible, that was more an issue with a clueless overseas rep.
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