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Windows 7: Downgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 7.

28 Oct 2014   #1
jw9

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Downgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 7.

Is it possible to use the install disks that came with my old ASUS pc to downgrade win 8.1 on the new pc, which is also an ASUS?


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28 Oct 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes the OEM will tie the installation of the OS to a particular machine. Also of importance is whether there's drivers for the new computer, a frequent issue when downgrading. If you do try it be sure first to create the factory restore discs using the program that ASUS includes for the purpose, should have been prompted during the initial setup when you got it, or you may be able to locate the program on the Start menu, don't know what ASUS uses.

An additional issue is whether you can Activate the Win7 install again, OEM licensing ties it to the machine it's first installed on.
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28 Oct 2014   #3
gregrocker

 

You'll need to use a retail license key to Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.

These same steps will assure you get and keep a perfect install: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 The installation media is provided.
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