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Windows 7: How do I proceed to Downgrade a Preinstalled system win 8 to win 7

07 Feb 2014   #1
z3braman

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How do I proceed to Downgrade a Preinstalled system win 8 to win 7

I understand there might be a down grade option to go from the 8 that came with my desktop to an equivalent 7 version. I have already completed this task using one of my 3 family pack home premium licenses but I now think I didn't need to use that and I might get a better version if I do the offered downgrade (if there is one!).

Anyhow, I have a gateway cheapo (really, really cheap! 169 with a 6gb ram windows license 500gb hard drive I thought it was free!) desktop that came preinstalled with Win 8. I upgraded to 8.1 but could not get over what scheit 8 is and decided to go to seven. While I despise MS I find their products somewhat good; but this 8 thing is bad. Simple. Yeah, I know. There are a lot of folk who actually like 8. Not me.

So at least I recorded my 8 code. Does any one have any experience or knowledge about the options. I did some research to see if it has been done but none of my searches of this forum turned up any identical efforts. Someone tried to do a laptop but they were not clear on the downgrade path or source. Thanks.


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07 Feb 2014   #2
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

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07 Feb 2014   #3
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

But it will not carry over programs and files.
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07 Feb 2014   #4
z3braman

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

thanks. That's pretty much what I discovered. But what I really want to know is what media do I use and can I use the win 8 license that came with my pc (ie does that become my win 7 license?). And where does the win7 media come from.

As I stated, I used a win 7 license for home premium I had laying around. But I want to know if my win 8 license can become a win 7 license or do I have to what I did.

By the way, I didn't back up my recovery image so I am going to have to get the gateway disks somehow if I want to pursue this. And after the hours and hours of updates just to get to the service pack I am not inclined to even go there. What a ROYAL PAIN IN THE ARSE!!!!!
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07 Feb 2014   #5
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Check this Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally or you can do this Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool The second one is more easier because you do not need to contact customer service for gateway.
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07 Feb 2014   #6
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Never mind do not use the 1st option for making a DVD. Gateway is not on the list.
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08 Feb 2014   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3braman View Post
thanks. That's pretty much what I discovered. But what I really want to know is what media do I use and can I use the win 8 license that came with my pc (ie does that become my win 7 license?). And where does the win7 media come from.

As I stated, I used a win 7 license for home premium I had laying around. But I want to know if my win 8 license can become a win 7 license or do I have to what I did.

By the way, I didn't back up my recovery image so I am going to have to get the gateway disks somehow if I want to pursue this. And after the hours and hours of updates just to get to the service pack I am not inclined to even go there. What a ROYAL PAIN IN THE ARSE!!!!!
As have Windows 8 & not Windows 8 Pro, you will need to buy Windows 7 full retail version.
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08 Feb 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

Only Windows 8 Professional version includes a free Upgrade to WIndows 7. So for any other version you'll need to use your own Win7 license.
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