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: Downgrade from Windows 8 to 7

03 May 2013   #1
Ingi360

Windows 8 pro 64
 
 
Downgrade from Windows 8 to 7

I have a gaming pc that was custom built by a friend. It has windows 8 pro and I have just about had enough with windows 8. I have used the start menu download etc but I do prefer windows 7. Is it easy to install windows 7 from a cd. If so do I need to install drivers etc again?? In detail would be GREAT!

Thanks!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
03 May 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi INgi360

See if these links below will be some of help

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with


Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7


Clean Install Windows 7



Note   Note
You will need a legit Windows 7 KEY to activate
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 May 2013   #3
Ingi360

Windows 8 pro 64
 
 

Thanks I will have a look
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

03 May 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You're welcome .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 May 2013   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If it's not a Win8 PC then it likely doesn't have Secure Boot so there's really nothing different about reinstalling unless you have UEFI which requires some special steps in the tutorial VistaKing linked.

Otherwise delete all partitions during booted install to reinstall.

Since you asked about drivers you should probably also look over the steps to get a perfect reinstall which are the same as for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 . It compiles everything that works best based on helping with countless thousands of installs here since before Win7 was even released.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 May 2013   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As your Motherboard is not listed in your specs, check with your friend, to find out if you have a Windows 8 ready Motherboard.
If a Windows 8 ready Motherboard, the Motherboard will have Secure Boot, but may be ENABLED or DISABLED, to install Windows 7 will need to be DISABLED.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Downgrade from Windows 8 to 7




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 Downgrade Help
I have a Windows 8 Zoostorm Machine (and I am trying to downgrade to Windows 7) with the following spec Intel Core i3-4130 Dual Core CPU - 2 x 3.40 GHz Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2TB HDD 7200RPM 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Windows 8.1 WiFi
Installation & Setup
How to downgrade from Windows 8 to 7
This may seem like a fairly novice question so bear with me here. I have a laptop which had Windows 8 pre-installed. It worked fine for 2-3 years however the hard drive has recently failed on it. I would like to get a copy of Windows 7, as I prefer it over 8, installed on a fresh drive....
Installation & Setup
Help for downgrade windows 10 to 7
Hi, I want to down grade windows 10 to windows 7. In recovery section there is no restore for windows 7. can i simply install windows via DISC. or another solution please help me Thanks
Installation & Setup
Windows 10 downgrade bug
I downgraded from windows 10 using the tool provided but this has lead to my windows 7 copy to not be genuine. Does anyone know how to fix this? Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0): ----------------------------------------- Windows Validation Data--> Validation Code: 50 Cached Online Validation...
Windows Updates & Activation
Downgrade from Windows 7 to XP?
I have a HP p6230y computer, need to know what drivers do I need to downgrade to XP also if it possible any details for doing so... thanks!
Graphic Cards


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 05:32.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App