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Windows 7: Just need some friendly advice...

13 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Just need some friendly advice...

Hi folks,

I've been at this computer gig for quite some time and of late took a break from building them and configuring and all that bull!! Basically took a vacation from the machines for the sake of sanity. Anyway you just can't be without a computer these days, it's like traveling the world without legs....So I went shopping for a laptop and picked on one up and was excited for a little while! It's an Acer Aspire E-15 which is plently of machine for me these days. What the disappointment and the conclusion that I have come to really sucks to say the least. Windows 8.1 and the amount of programs this thing is running by default plus the cloud syncing is the most stupidest thing I have come across. So this machine basically is going to be completely wiped of the crap and installed with no extra bloatware. I don't want to do it but I want to and I have to unless somebody here can steer me in another direction. I need to be in control of the machine not the other way around..

Ya know when I first come to the site things were pretty good as far as the net went nd so on and so forth, but now it's completely out of control as far as being exposed to the world on a machine that want's to sync with everything. That my friends is not the way it should be and it's done on purpose. Anyhow I will need to do things to implement my designs on this laptop that aren't with the the manufacturers and Microsoft in mind, they are are completely sucking the wallet just a little much-No install dvd's anymore, No keys to have in your possession! You get to be played by greedy and designing individuals to put the screws to ya and that's enough of my complaining. So my friends here what should I do? It's gonna get wiped so we have to go from there, what isn't happening I'm not buying more activation codes cause this is brand new but it doesn't serve me, or would any other computer that is bought. So basically I need a way of going about this in a manner that I get the machine running for me without putting up with Microsoft's and Acer's baloney! You folks know what's up and I need your advice on how to do this legally without buying stuff that should of been mine in the first place..!

Thanks for the help in advance and hi to those friends of mine here that I haven't chatted with in a while, this has a solution I'm sure and you guy's know the answer.

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13 Jan 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Have a look at this tutorial,
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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13 Jan 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

LOL I'm laughing my ass off right now, I would do that and can but what about activation and drivers and all that jazz? Will I be able to pull it off? Before you answer that thank you and I will give it a read I appreciate your help..Take care..
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13 Jan 2015   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Have you asked Acer
They would still have to provide the drivers for the hardware and of course a backwards activation key,
I can't say I disagree with any of your original question 7 rules
If not too late think return/ refund and new build :)
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13 Jan 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have all the driver's just don't have the key as it's installed in bios from what I understand. I found a thread here that shows how to get or I guess Acer will have to give it to me, either way I'm just going to downgrade or reinstall with a Windows 8 DVD that is clean from all unnecessary junk if that will work, I do it all the time with 7. I'm torn cause 8 has a lot of great features that are so convenient. It all depends on how I'm feeling in the moment!! That's sounds stupid but it's true. haha. Thanks my friend I appreciate your help and if you have anymore advice it would be welcome...I really can't take it back until I take the new hardware out of this one and put old shit back in before I take it back that would be the noble thing to do. I'm just kidding
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13 Jan 2015   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Windows 8.1 flies, just switch to a local account, no more cloud syncing, that`s an easy one. Next problem ?

Windows 8 Pro..... Terrible

Windows 8.1 Pro...... Much Much better
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13 Jan 2015   #7

Windows 10 Pro x64 v1607

If you can't downgrade to 7, then try

Classic Shell--- will bring the old start menu back, you won't see that start screen again :)

8Gadgetpack--- if you want desktop gadgets back

Oldnewexplorer--- brings file explorer back to 7 like state
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13 Jan 2015   #8

7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Yup, OEM systems preloaded with Windows 8/8.1 donít have the key on stickers anymore. You will need to find it in Regedit (seems to be hit-and-miss). And if that doesnít work, you will have to call Acer to get it. If they canít or wonít, then youíll have to deal with MS to try and get it. Failing that, there are third-party software available to get it... but I personally think its risky (they might be mining keys to Ďphone homeí...).

After you get your key, you can go here and get a clean ISO of the OS to use for reinstalling over the OEM, using your OEM key (unless, of course, MS changed it so you canít do that anymore. I have no idea but it really wouldnít surprise me if they did).

Then itís just a matter of reinstalling your drivers (and from personal experience, Acer has a very poor track-record of providing any updated drivers for their systems. Youíll need to get those from the hardware vendors instead, if you actually want to keep them up to date at all. Acer Support is the worst of all of the OEMís, really).

And modifying Windows 8 to be more desktop-friendly (if you want). If I were chained to 8, Iíd certainly do those things... to get my start button back and ditch Metro.

Iím unsure of what you can do about the syncing (donít and probably never will use 8. Well, unless 10 turns out worse... anyway) so Iíll have to leave that to somebody else to help you with.
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13 Jan 2015   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks you guys for all the info it is much appreciated and welcome. Will get it done, I do like the 8.1 just not all the "I have to do in this order to do that" That's "Bullshit" for something I paid for. All those programs just completely ruin the operating system system. Once remove from the system the system works like a charm..I'm just gonna get a copy of 8.1 that isn't OEM and go from there! Before anything though the key is my only problem and hopefully won't be a major issue. This system I have to tell you had around 15 to 20 start-up apps that were only intended to bend you over a grab your ankles, that's terrible but I am not impressed with how software companies are really corrupt and sneaky. I know I sound like I'm beating a dead horse but it's pretty bad! Well I better get going and thanks again. Regards Seth
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13 Jan 2015   #10

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86

Recently I have been looking at laptops for a friend with no OS as he likes and has used Zorin on one of my desktops, a machine with no OS may be an option for you seth500 :)
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