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Windows 7: New Laptop with Windows 8 Need Windows 7

17 Dec 2012   #1
strgt

Win 8
 
 
New Laptop with Windows 8 Need Windows 7

I am an engineering student and I just recently picked up a new laptop that came with win8 preinstalled. This was a big mistake as my school offers some software that doesnt work on this OS. Id like to go back to windows 7 if possible but noticed I cant even get the student discount anymore on windows 7 from the microsoft site. Is there anywhere I can still get this version or can I downgrade my current windows 8 version?


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17 Dec 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

For curiosity sake, what software doesn't work on Windows 8?
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17 Dec 2012   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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17 Dec 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

I would contact the PC's tech support to see if they already have any downgrade offers, which I'm expecting to occur based on consumer reaction to Win8 desktop experience.

If they instead bully you about not downgrading on your own then follow the standard advice for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to make your Recovery Disks and/or a backup image, not tell them that you have reinstalled. It cannot affect your hardware warranty under law, anyway.
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17 Dec 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What about a windows 7 key ?
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17 Dec 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you asking me? I thought the options you presented were sufficient, only adding that I'd check if the manufacturer has a "downgrade" option to Win7 yet. They should when they hear enough complaints, or PC sales slow as a result of a touchscreen OS being put on desktops. Dell already has a 7 option on their gaming rigs menu.
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17 Dec 2012   #7
strgt

Win 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
For curiosity sake, what software doesn't work on Windows 8?
So far its been Solidworks 2011-2012, and one of the diagnostic IO board programs designed for my school. Both I use on a regular basis.
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17 Dec 2012   #8
strgt

Win 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

I would contact the PC's tech support to see if they already have any downgrade offers, which I'm expecting to occur based on consumer reaction to Win8 desktop experience.

If they instead bully you about not downgrading on your own then follow the standard advice for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to make your Recovery Disks and/or a backup image, not tell them that you have reinstalled. It cannot affect your hardware warranty under law, anyway.
Will this work with my current Win 8 product key? I was under the impression that you could only downgrade win 8 if you had the professional version (which I dont).
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17 Dec 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

This is why I said to ask your OEM. They may have a growing demand for downgrade rights and have something to offer.
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18 Dec 2012   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is why I said to ask your OEM. They may have a growing demand for downgrade rights and have something to offer.

Only with Windows 8 Pro Preinstalled.
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