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Windows 7: Restoring Windows 7 after upgrading to Windows 8

25 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 and XP
Restoring Windows 7 after upgrading to Windows 8

Hi. I am wondering if it is LEGAL to go back to Windows 7 after upgrading to Windows 8. I am not talking about the consumer preview, but about the final release since October 25. I have a laptop by HP, with pre-installed Windows 7. Can I simply restore Windows 7 and go on without a reactivation? How would that work? And what would happen to the upgrade disk of Windows 8? I do have an image of windows 7 to reinstall. I am not worried about windows.old folder. Just wondering about the legality of the process. Thanks for helping.

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25 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

If you go back to 7 you will be fine. You bought the pc with 7, you own the license, correct ?
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25 Nov 2012   #3
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You only lose the use of the underlying OS during the time it is qualifying for Upgrade.

If you decide to use the Windows 8 upgrade elsewhere, you can run HP System Recovery which self-activates, or do the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which reactivates with the Product Key on COA sticker.
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25 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 and XP

Thank you, AddRAM and Gregrocker. I just wanted some reassurance. Appreciate your replies.
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