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Windows 7: Downgrade Dell Win8 pro to Win7 Pro with Dell DVD


27 Sep 2013   #81
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Since you're willing to experiment if you want to try the retail 32bit then it would be interesting to see if it will auto-activate under the Win8 Pro Downgrade program, and if not whether MS Phone Activation would activate it since it is provided in the EULA to downgrade to that exact version.

Sandeep has a good suggestion to try 64 bit to see how it runs with your 2gb RAM. You could even upgrade RAM to 4gb if it seems at all sluggish. So you have options. We'll have your back whichever you decide. Any experimenting you do is going to help us help others.


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13 Feb 2014   #82

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

It has been several months since I was here due to my dodgy health.

Daughter has purchased Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium OEM (non-Dell) for the Dell ... I have been over ruled.

I need to be sure when Discs arrive that I can get into loading Win-7 onto the Dell.
Do I still follow the course we were on ? I am rather hoping this Win-7 install over the top of existing Win-8 will be a lot more straight forward than ISO downloads.

Thank you to all supporters, during my "absence".
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13 Feb 2014   #83

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
It has been several months since I was here due to my dodgy health.

Daughter has purchased Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium OEM (non-Dell) for the Dell ... I have been over ruled.

I need to be sure when Discs arrive that I can get into loading Win-7 onto the Dell.
Do I still follow the course we were on ? I am rather hoping this Win-7 install over the top of existing Win-8 will be a lot more straight forward than ISO downloads.

Thank you to all supporters, during my "absence".
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2
I want to replace Win8 Pro x64 on Dell laptop with Windows 7 Pro x64
Windows 7 DVD is a "Dell" DVD supplied with the Dell laptop.
Are you sure.
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13 Feb 2014   #84
Microsoft MVP

 

I would use 32 bit only if you have 4gb RAM or less. If you have more RAM than that use the 64 bit installer for your licensed version provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

This Upgrade to 7 will require entering BIOS setup to disable Secure Boot, enabling Legacy BIOS or CSM, Save Changes and Exit.

Then boot the Windows 7 disk to Clean Install Windows 7 deleting all partitions to create and format new at Steps 7 and 8.
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14 Feb 2014   #85

XP/7x32-x64/8x64
 
 

I have opted to use the DELL [Reinstallation DVD -- Windows 7 Professional sp1 64bit]
OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit has not arrived.
-----
A problem already!

Data is backed up.
Shut down laptop
Inserted Reinstallation DVD into DVD-drive
Booted PC
- all that happened is that Window 8 opened
- disc did nothing

AV trial has expired, so I assume AV has not interfered.
What do I do?
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14 Feb 2014   #86

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
I have opted to use the DELL [Reinstallation DVD -- Windows 7 Professional sp1 64bit]
OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit has not arrived.
-----
A problem already!

Data is backed up.
Shut down laptop
Inserted Reinstallation DVD into DVD-drive
Booted PC
- all that happened is that Window 8 opened
- disc did nothing

AV trial has expired, so I assume AV has not interfered.
What do I do?
Make sure that your DVD drive is set as the first boot device..
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14 Feb 2014   #87

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

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.
You will need to do the steps above first.
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14 Feb 2014   #88
Microsoft MVP

 

Again, the 32 bit installation disk is provided in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Did you enter BIOS setup to make the changes I specfified earlier? If so you should be able to choose the UEFI DVD or Legacy DVD (depending on whether you want a UEFI or Legacy BIOS install) from the Dell F12 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.
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