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Windows 7: How to downgrade from Windows 8 to 7

28 Nov 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
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. Would there be any issues with this as I'm looking at getting an OEM copy to keep costs down and I have read that it "ties" to the motherboard so that you can't transfer it onto another device (which I'm not looking to do anyway).

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28 Nov 2016   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

First thing is to verify there are Windows 7 drivers for all the hardware. Go to the Laptop vendor's site and see if there are driver downloads for Win 7 for this specific model. If not, there could be problems with some drivers.

If there are no driver issues, then you can "go for it".
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28 Nov 2016   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the reply, I'll check out the drivers later.
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28 Nov 2016   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

See if the laptop you have has downgrade rights.
If it does, there are drivers for it. You can even ask for the win 7 pro installation disk.
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