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Windows 7: downgrading from Win 10

12 Oct 2016   #11
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

The win 7 drivers you'll find on the HP site:Product Support - HP Support Center

Witch license (win 7 or 8) you have on the COA stick under the laptop?


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12 Oct 2016   #12
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I don't see anything on the bottom or under the battery except for a Windows 8 sticker. No sticker of authenticity or anything with a product key.

Apparently there are no Win 7 drivers available for my laptop. Does that mean I'm dead in the water with my Win 7 downgrade?
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12 Oct 2016   #13
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Most Win 8 licence keys were actually encoded into a TPM chip on the motherboard so the system restore from HP, either on the Recovery partition on the Harddisk or on disks from HP, (they were available from HP if you lost your disks but may no longer be available), should use the embedded key
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12 Oct 2016   #14
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CosmicJest View Post
I don't see anything on the bottom or under the battery except for a Windows 8 sticker. No sticker of authenticity or anything with a product key.

Apparently there are no Win 7 drivers available for my laptop. Does that mean I'm dead in the water with my Win 7 downgrade?
If you do not mind wasting a day to find out if Win 7 works only to find out it does not then go for it, If you want to run an OS that you know works then don't.
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12 Oct 2016   #15
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I would say that your computer, once win 7 is installed, will find the drivers.
As you said that the Win 7 factory recovery is on the way, wait for them.
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13 Oct 2016   #16
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I found the original factory reset flash drive I made when the computer was new! I decided the first step I should take was to restore the computer to its original state, so I went ahead and used the flash drive. I've never done a factory reset before, so was a bit nervous, but it pretty much went off like clockwork - took all evening, but I ended up with a fresh install of Win 8, including hard drive wipe, so it should be nice and clean (except for bloatware).

Meanwhile, I poked around on an old Win 7 computer I have. While doing so, it occurred to me that between using Win 8 for a few years and then Win 10 for the last 15 months, that I've really grown accustomed to the newer GUI. So I spent some time considering whether I truly wanted to try a Win 7 downgrade on this computer that was built for Win 8. I decided that the smarter option is probably to stay with the native OS, so I think when the Win 7 disk arrives I'll send it back.

I've been SO frustrated with Win 10 both at home and at work, where I am responsible for overall maintenance of our small network. I just wanted everything to work again - at least on my home computer! I appreciate the guidance, suggestions, and links provided. Thank you.
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13 Oct 2016   #17
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I would keep the arriving disks. They are gold.
If you want to make win 8 to look like Win XP or Win 7 (start menu) install Classic shell. I think you going to love it.
Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements
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13 Oct 2016   #18
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Classic Shell was the first thing I installed this morning! Can't live without it!

I bought an XP disk just before MS quit supporting XP, but I never used it and ended up giving it away. However, I don't have any recovery for my Win 7 computer, so perhaps you're right and I should hold onto Win 7 when it comes...just in case.
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13 Oct 2016   #19
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

"Meanwhile, I poked around on an old Win 7 computer I have."
Why don't you do a factory restore on it. Than you'll have a spare computer that you can take anywhere without been worried of being lost or stolen.
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13 Oct 2016   #20
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Well, I thought about that last night, actually, because it's a mess. It's old enough to have had several users and lots of s/w installs/uninstalls. But...can't find the original system backup & the Recovery drive is empty. So I guess I could use the new disk on that computer when it gets here.

So...do you agree that it's best to stick with the OS that a machine comes with, for the least amount of headaches with things not working right?
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