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Windows 7: Returning to Window 7 after upgrading to Windows 10

23 Aug 2015   #1
the1dsmack

windows professional 32bit
 
 
Returning to Window 7 after upgrading to Windows 10

I recently upgraded one of my Dell laptops to Windows 10. I guess I couldn't resist the 'free' offer. This particular laptop, though not that old, is obviously not conducive to Windows 10. I wanted to play solitaire and waited 15 minutes for the program to load. I never did get the game loaded. I want to return to Windows 7 but 10 doesn't make that easy. I no longer have the option to restart or shut down. When I turned the laptop off, it did not boot from the DVD, as I expected. I want to re-format the hard drive and just start over. Windows 10 doesn't seem to want me to do that either. That's problem number 1.

Problem number 2 is that I cannot find my product key for my Windows DVD. I know I had it and usually I am very good about writing it down and keeping it with the DVD, but this time it appears I did not. I have two laptops and the same software is installed on both. Can I find the product key somewhere on the other laptop?

Thanks for any help.


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23 Aug 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello the1dsmack, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you might see if you may be able to do the tutorial below to go back to Windows 7.

Windows 10 - Go Back to Previous Windows - Windows 10 Forums
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23 Aug 2015   #3
PC LIZARD

windows 7
 
 

have you defrg.....
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23 Aug 2015   #4
the1dsmack

windows professional 32bit
 
 

I figured out that Alt-F4 gives restart options, and if I keep hitting F8 and F2, I can get to the BIOS and boot options and change it to the DVD as the primary boot device. I am reformatting the drive now and will reinstall Windows 7 when that action is complete. Thanks for the help.
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23 Aug 2015   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news.
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