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

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!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 May 2013   #2

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

Windows 8 pro 64

Thanks I will have a look
My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 May 2013   #4

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

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


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

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


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

 Downgrade from Windows 8 to 7

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
downgrade windows 8
I'm buying a new computer that has windows 8. I want to downgrade to windows 7. How and where do I go to do this? Thanks for your future help
General Discussion
Downgrade Windows 7 x86 to x64/x32?
Hi, I have an Asus N61Jv Intel Core i5 M430 @ 2.27GHz - Nvidia GeForce GT 325M 1GB (also integrated? Intel HD Graphics) - 8GB RAM Im having troubles with a couple of games, where I believe they arent chosing the better GPU (325M). Example; I scan my PC on CanYouRunIt and this is what I...
General Discussion
Windows 7 Downgrade
Hello, World! I have a quick question regarding my choices... I have my self-build desktop computer with me at University, recently was unable to boot into Windows for some unknown reason. Needing the computer for work, I backed up all of my files using Hiren's BootCD and then wiped the disk...
Installation & Setup
Downgrade Windows 7
I'mhave so much trouble installing windows 95 onto my computer. I had 7 but didn't like it so I formatted my computer a couple times and tried to install win95. however, during setup it keeps stopping and says that I need yo first close memory-resident programs or remove unnecessary utilities from...
Installation & Setup
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 03:04.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App