Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: new computer (Win 8 downgrade to Win 7?)

24 Feb 2013   #1
drpepper

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 
new computer (Win 8 downgrade to Win 7?)

I am considering the purchase of a new computer for use as a test machine. After investing way too much time in research, I am finding only downgrades from Win 8 Pro to Win 7 Pro. Can the other versions of Win 8 be downgraded?

I prefer to use Win 7 (most likely Pro 64-bit) on the new machine. Are my only realistic options to buy a custom built machine, build my own, or buy a used computer to employ Win 7?

Thanks for your feedback.

drpepper


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
24 Feb 2013   #2
ajmich

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Not sure I fully understand your question, but if you simply want a NEW 64-bit computer with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed, there are plenty of them to choose from, IE newegg.com
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2013   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I've read that consumer level downgrades are hard to come by, even if you have Win8 Pro. The downgrade has to be supported by the manufacturer, and I have the strong impression that most of them don't want to do that.

Another alternative is to simply buy Windows 7 and install it, as if the computer came without an OS. That supposes that you can get all the drivers you need to run Win7 on the hardware. (Shouldn't be unreasonably difficult at the moment, although laptops and all-in-ones may pose special problems due to driver customizations done by the manufacturers.)

I'd probably use a System Builder license, in violation of the license agreement. (I can only speculate as to what fraction of S. B. licenses sold by Newegg are used that way. 50%? 90%?) Still expensive, though; roughly $100US for Home Premium, $140 for Pro.

For my own purposes, I'd stay with Win8, and install one of the Start Menus restoration utilities as a crutch. And hope that Microsoft changes their minds soon about the level of configuration permitted to Win8 users.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

24 Feb 2013   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Buying Win8 Pro only earns you downgrade rights to a free copy of 7 Pro.

You still have the right to install anything you want to your property once you disable Secure Boot and then follow the steps to Install Windows 7 with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), or turn UEFI off to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7

If you have a retail copy of Win7, you can use it following the same steps for Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2013   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I would look for a new Business OEM Desktop or Notebook with Windows 8 Pro Pre-Install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2013   #6
curtiswardwell

 

Just a question? Why not partiton the HD and install Win 7 pro on added partition. However it was mentioned finding the proper drivers for a downgrade may be a little difficult.
Again this is just a question.

Still Learning, Learning Still
Curtis
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2013   #7
drpepper

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

I have access to Dream Spark because of a class I am enrolled in. That would be a good source for Win 7 Pro (free of charge w/ perpetual license). I guess the only issue on a new machine would be hardware/drivers for Win 7 if I find a good deal on a new Win 8 machine. That should be easy enough.

Thanks,
drpepper
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2013   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

In order to Dual Boot you'd have to disable Secure Boot so that another OS besides Win8 can be installed.

Then if Win8 will still start you can follow the steps to Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums installing Win7 in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums.

If this fails you can see if your BIOS has Compatibility Support Module (CSM) to change its setting to Dual Mode so you can install Win7 normally to an MBR HD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2013   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

For dual boot:

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning,you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware settings in Step Three set.
Also take note of the note about Dual booting.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 new computer (Win 8 downgrade to Win 7?)




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Updated to Win 10, Downgrade to Win 7, Computer Won't Start!
Help! I recently upgraded to Windows 10 on an Acer 5552-3691 Aspire Laptop, and it just made it worse. It was extremely slow and I didn't agree with the privacy changes, so I backed up my files, went to the settings, and clicked on the option to "Downgrade to Windows 7." I had the necessary folder...
General Discussion
How can I remote downgrade a win 8 & 10 computer to windows 7?
Is there a way to remote downgrade windows 8,8.1,and 10 to windows 7? Thank you.
Installation & Setup
Downgrade to XP
is there any way I can downgrade over the internet back to windows xp professional.. I hate all versions of windows except for windows xp only.. and this new netbook has 7 starter.. I despise it since I cant save the themes.. I am going to try to manually open the files as a text and input the...
Installation & Setup
Downgrade
Hi, Using 7 Pro but really do feel XP SP3 is way better. I was wondering how hard it is to downgrade, if no, I'd love to have additional details. Regards
Installation & Setup
64 to 32 bit downgrade
I currently have vista ultimate 64 bit, and I own a windows 7 professional 32 bit thanks to my university. can I install the 32 bit version of windows 7 over my current 64 bit version of windows ultimate? will I need to do a clean install or will it just upgrade? also just checking that...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:19.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App