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Windows 7: Downgrade a laptop to Win 7

28 Nov 2017   #1

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
Downgrade a laptop to Win 7

just ordered a new laptop, it comes with windows 10 activated, can I install windows 7 on it instead I have my original disc, and will everything work ?

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28 Nov 2017   #2

win 7 64 bit


before you even try to go to win 7 on the laptop I would check to see if they have drivers for win 7 for the laptop.
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28 Nov 2017   #3
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Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601

Probably should of asked that before you gave them your money. I agree with oscer1 advice.
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29 Nov 2017   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

Generally speaking, if you can disable Secure boot on BIOS, you can install. It doesn't mean it will be an easy task.
Before you begin, make the Factory recover disks (launch from BIOS). If it fails to install Win 7 you can restore win 10.
Can you give us the brand and model of the new laptop?
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29 Nov 2017   #5

Windows 10 64 bit

I agree with the others that its iffy at best. Do your homework and make backups before you even attempt to do it.

You say you have your Win 7 disc. If its an OEM that came with a new PC, it is "legally" only licensed for the PC it was delivered with.
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29 Nov 2017   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

I've just checked the cost and availability of Windows 7 currently on sale - assuming that your existing copy is not a re-usable retail copy, which is by far the most likely here in the UK - the price varies greatly from <10 to >200.

Interesting thing is that my Bitdefender Anti malware suite blocked all of the websites as dangerous

Now that Microsoft is not selling any more fresh copies this would suggest to me that it will be very difficult and possibly expensive to Downgrade from a current Windows 10 system to Windows 7
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29 Nov 2017   #7

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

You can get Windows 7 here:

Other legitimate retailers sell it as well, such as Newegg:

Newegg specifically identifies their product as "OEM", which means that you need to have been the one who built the computer in order to legally use the software on that computer. PCPartPicker doesn't say if what they are selling is OEM or retail. ("Retail" means that you can legally move your Windows 7 license around from computer to computer without restriction, as long as it is used on only one computer at a time.) PCPartPicker's entire operation is selling you the parts and then you build your own computer; so my guess is that they too are selling the OEM version of Windows 7, which means that you can't legally buy it from them and then install it on your store-bought laptop.

Some Windows 10 computers have come with "downgrade" rights, that is, they have included a Windows 7 license so that you can legally downgrade to Windows 7. Since your laptop is new, this is probably not the case.

Since your laptop is new, there are likely restrictions on its ability to get Windows 7 updates. There are published "hacks" to work around this restriction, but you need to be aware that your laptop likely is restricted in this way.
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29 Nov 2017   #8

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

OEM actually means as it always has - Original Equipment Manufacturer, which translates to - you must sell the completed PC and OS to a third party to qualify to purchase an OEM licence. Microsoft have not always been too strict on this condition of purchase in the past but they are entitled to refuse, licensing support or sale at their discretion.

Both the suppliers quoted are not really useful to a user outside of the US as by the time you add in import duties and international shipping the price is too high

Also of course local legal definition in Germany and some other countries state that a licence cannot be tied to a hardware package and becomes the property of the purchaser and thus resellable in the future


Newegg do have an outlet in the UK - but they do not carry Windows 7 as for as I can see
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29 Nov 2017   #9

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

In other words, "OEM" means that you built and then sold the computer, not that you built and then kept the computer for your own use? Makes sense.

For example, a company which needs, say, 20 computers couldn't build those computers, install OEM Windows on them, and then keep the computers for their own use; but if they built them to then sell to someone else, they could install OEM Windows on them.

With the cost of computers being so cheap these days, it doesn't make much sense to build your own computer and then pay the additional cost of "retail" Windows; you would probably pay about the same if you bought a ready-made computer from, say, Dell, with their OEM copy of Windows installed on it.
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29 Nov 2017   #10

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

It's a strange thing as Microsoft were at times strict on this and at times they were very lax.

The basic licensing system was split three ways ...
  • The volume licensing used by Corporate customers, governments and Schools and Including the MAK licences for remote devices that could not be connected to the Key Management Servers often enough to make them viable for business use ( laptops Remote comms stations Etc)
  • The Retail licences which were transferable as you stated as long as they were only installed /Active on one system at any one time ( interpretations varied as to whether an installed but unused system was legal or not.
  • OEM Licences which were not transferable under any circumstances - these included those using SLC embedded keys from major OEMs and those small system builders with a key that would normally include the OEM letters in the Key . These were reusable within reason on the same hardware where one or two of the monitored hardware failed but not the Motherboard without a call and agreement with Microsoft.

There are are set of licences that are a strange brew and those are those that were issued as part of several Microsoft schemes including Technet MSDN and specialist Schools packages which were not VL strictly but acted like a Retail MAK key

Also "Installed" included all Devices whether Physical or Virtual so Window7 system with a Windows 7 Virtual machine would need two licences as to use the VM you needed the licence for the Host and a licence for the hosted OS
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