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Windows 7: Can I downgrade from Win7 to Vista or XP?

02 Jun 2010   #1
baccusboy

Windows 7 64-bit Pro
 
 
Can I downgrade from Win7 to Vista or XP?

I've been having lots of problems for the last few months with Win 7 64-bit. All hardware is compatible. Worked fine for a few months, then started having freezing issues. I've troubleshot every part inside, accessory, driver, software program, etc., that I can think of, and I'm just tired of dealing with it.

I heard that it's possible to somehow downgrade? What is the process for this? The kicker is that my copy of Win7 64-pro was purchased from Digital River through Microsoft when Win7 was first released. It's called an "upgrade" but will install as a full OS.

Another question... if I just go with a different mainboard, is that possible with the copy of Win7 I have? I'm thinking about just trying to upgrade to a Gigabyte mainboard instead of this Asrock p55m board I have. Suggestions?

Thanks


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02 Jun 2010   #2
windowsapple

Mc Donald OS Version Beta
 
 

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03 Jun 2010   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baccusboy View Post
I've been having lots of problems for the last few months with Win 7 64-bit. All hardware is compatible. Worked fine for a few months, then started having freezing issues. I've troubleshot every part inside, accessory, driver, software program, etc., that I can think of, and I'm just tired of dealing with it.

I heard that it's possible to somehow downgrade? What is the process for this? The kicker is that my copy of Win7 64-pro was purchased from Digital River through Microsoft when Win7 was first released. It's called an "upgrade" but will install as a full OS.

Another question... if I just go with a different mainboard, is that possible with the copy of Win7 I have? I'm thinking about just trying to upgrade to a Gigabyte mainboard instead of this Asrock p55m board I have. Suggestions?

Thanks
Basically, you will need to buy the OS you want to install.

If you bought that computer prebuilt, changing the motherboard will void it.
If you bought W7 and installed it, then you can downgrade, but I believe they discontinued that (I could be wrong).

~Lordbob
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03 Jun 2010   #4
wysiwyg

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Going to Win 7 32bit would be the sensible starting point.
And do a clean install.
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03 Jun 2010   #5
kucing13

 

Of course you can, Like bob mention, you just need to buy New OS unless you already have XP/Vista in your hand and just wait to install it.

Say why don't you try Seven 32? . Im just saying
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03 Jun 2010   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Given the info in your first post, I'd be very surprised if the OS is the problem.
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03 Jun 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Given the info in your first post, I'd be very surprised if the OS is the problem.
I would agree, but he asked about downgrading.

~Lordbob
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03 Jun 2010   #8
Hannibal001

windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

You could try a different OS from download thats been tweaked and set up already and use your valid key. There are several sites to down from that are good OS and most are set up well right from install.
Also have you cleaned your system up lately?? Disk clean-up and defragment drive does wonders sometimes if you have not done in a while.
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03 Jun 2010   #9
Hannibal001

windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

P.S. I only say this because I found since using Win 7 I don't want to go back to XP personaly because Microsuck finally got it together w/ 7 and I am in love with it since I started playing w/ it 2 months ago.
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03 Jun 2010   #10
hkancyr

Windows 7 Ulti x64
 
 

Did you try a different PSU?
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