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Windows 7: downgrading from Win 10

10 Oct 2016   #1
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
downgrading from Win 10

Hello,

I'm not sure which forum I should be in to ask this question, so I'll start here and hope someone can help me.

I have an HP Envy laptop that's 4-5 years old. It came with Win 8 and disks to downgrade to Win 7. Last July (2015) I upgraded to Win 10, and a few weeks ago I upgraded to Anniversary Ed.

I have had nothing but trouble for over a year with Win 10, and I want to leave it behind and get back full functionality on my computer.

Is it even possible after all this time to roll back? Can I roll back to Win 7 when it was never even installed on the laptop? Do I need to roll back to Win 8 first, and then downgrade to Win 7? Do I go straight to the Win 7 disks and do it that way? What's the best way to proceed? Or am I SOL and stuck with Win 10?


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10 Oct 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi CosmicJest,
You've got the GOLD>> the W7 discs <<, You should also have a product key,
it might be 7 HomePremium HP 4FG99-BC3HD-73CQT-WMF7J-3Q6C9, but i doubt it.
There should be a key on the packaging.
DO NOT POST IT.

You can perform a clean install, remember to back up your personal data first,
No need to rollback to 8.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Clean Install Windows 7

Roy
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10 Oct 2016   #3
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks torchwood! I'll give it a go tonight!
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10 Oct 2016   #4
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Before you try to install Win 7 it is very important that you download all of the win 7 Drivers to a usb drive or something else that win 7 can read. If you have USB 3 on that computer you may need to burn a CD or dvd with the drivers on that.
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10 Oct 2016   #5
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Shouldn't be neccessary as he has the original OEM disc, they will all be on there.

Roy
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11 Oct 2016   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I do agree with Roy.
After all these years and 2 OS's, you have a lot of trash. With a clean install it will run much better.
Remember that your entire disk will be formatted, so backup your data on an external disk.
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12 Oct 2016   #7
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Gadzooks! I don't have the Windows 7 disk! However, I've ordered one online and should have it next week. I'll post back after the deed is done. Can't wait to get back to Windows 7!
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12 Oct 2016   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I don't think you need one.
Most all OEM manufactures provide a application to build a installation disk.
Look at the HP software on the laptop for a Factory recover disks.
Some of them can restore to factory by BIOS.
Remember that your entire disk will be formatted, so backup your data on an external disk.

Look at this link HP Support document - HP Support Center
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12 Oct 2016   #9
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

That's a handy link, thanks Megahertz07.

CORRECTION:
What I posted originally wasn't quite right. What came with the laptop was OEM Win 8 disks, not a Win 7 disk. I'm still pretty sure it was downgradeable, but since I can't find the disk I thought I had, perhaps I'm mistaken. I no longer have ANY disks nor system image for this computer - only my current backups of documents/media/installation files.

I'll start with trying a factory reset to see if I can at least get back to Win 8 - at this point, with as much damage as Win 10 has done, most anything is preferable to the state the laptop is in right now.

sml156 suggested downloading Win 7 drivers to a flash drive - how would I go about finding all the drivers for my particular laptop?
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12 Oct 2016   #10
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Cosmic,
In that case UNLESS you can get the discs directly from HP AND a W7 product key, your stuck with 8/10.

Roy
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