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08 Apr 2015   #11

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

If you don't like Win 8.x because of the Start Screen, you could try Classic Shell.
It's free and you can make Win 8.x work and look very much like Win 7.

Classic Shell for Windows 8

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08 Apr 2015   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
If you don't like Win 8.x because of the Start Screen, you could try Classic Shell.
It's free and you can make Win 8.x work and look very much like Win 7.
Classic Shell for Windows 8
Absolutely! I used Classic Shell when I had Windows 8 and really liked it! :)
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11 Apr 2015   #13

Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kit15 View Post
Hello, can someone please help. I currently have windows 8 Pro, however is there a way to install windows 7 for free?

There's a place to download Windows 7 ISO images legally (I think it's digitalriver Windows 7 download), google that or search it even here on the forums.

But you still need a serial key to install it. This is just the disk image which will only run as a time limited trial if you don't activate it with a serial.

I'm not sure about your Windows 8 Pro edition, but I believe in some cases, you can downgrade from Windows 8 to 7 for free. Try keying in your Windows 8 serial into the Windows 7 setup to see if it works. If it does, go ahead and format the drive right there. (You must remove win8 then). If it doesn't accept it, try contacting Microsoft support for downgrade options.

If you can downgrade, then that downloadable image might work for you. But you might need to get a special DVD media from Microsoft or your computer manufacturer. I'm not sure sorry.

If you don't have a free downgrade option, then follow gregrocker's post for good deals on buying Windows 7.

I really suggest you to switch to Windows 7, I think it's the best performance Windows ever. I don't like Windows 8. It's definitely fast, but so strange. I installed classic shell, that's good but there are still some strange strings. It requires you to go to the metro interface for so many things.

I hope windows 10 will be as good and as familiar as Windows 7. Oh and I heard it will be a free upgrade for EVERY windows 7 and 8 owner! Lucky us!

So if you can't downgrade for free AND don't want to spend money on it, then maybe you should wait for windows 10, I saw some screenshots (there's a free public test version), it's definitely not as terrible as windows 8. It looks kinda familiar and fast.
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11 Apr 2015   #14
Microsoft MVP


If you have Windows 8 Pro that came with the PC, it should offer a free downgrade to Windows 7 Pro. Contact the manufacturer's Tech Support.

If not then we regularly see Home Prem OEM for $89 and Pro OEM for $120 on Tiger Direct and NewEgg. I would watch both of those sites to be sure you're getting genuine.
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