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Windows 7: Downgrade Win8 laptop to Win7


13 Aug 2013   #1
olc

Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 
Downgrade Win8 laptop to Win7

I have a Win8 laptop on which I want to install Windows 7 Pro (for which a have a DVD and key). I know simply trying to boot the Windows 7 disk does not do it. Is the problem the Win8 drive is a GPT disk? If so can I use Partiton to change it to MBR and just go from there? If not, what else do I have to do?

The methods I see on line are quite confusing.

Why MS chose to mess with things that have worked for a decade is beyond me.

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13 Aug 2013   #2

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

See if this will be some of help

Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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13 Aug 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As your specs are for a desktop, what is the make & Model of the Notebook.
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14 Aug 2013   #4
olc

Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
As your specs are for a desktop, what is the make & Model of the Notebook.
I have several computers. The Win8 laptop is a Lenovo G500.
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14 Aug 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

For Lenovo G500 with Windows 8 core Pre-installed.

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
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14 Aug 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

More information about UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

If you have problems with UEFI or prefer to not use it you can follow these steps to
Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 which has worked for everyone who had problems with UEFI.
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