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How to Downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7

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The Professional edition of Windows 8 comes with “downgrade rights.” If you’re not happy with Windows 8 on a new computer, you can downgrade it to Windows 7 for free – as long as you have Windows 8 Pro.

This isn’t as easy as it should be: Microsoft designed this procedure for businesses, and individual users will have to jump through a number of hoops to downgrade their Windows 8 Pro systems.

Downgrade Rights vs. Other Ways to Downgrade

This article is about exercising downgrade rights on a computer that comes with Windows 8 Pro. Downgrading to Windows 7 is simpler in other situations:

  • If your computer came with Windows 7 and you upgraded it to Windows 8, you can revert your computer to the Windows 7 system it came with.
  • If you have a retail copy of Windows 7 you aren’t using, you can install it on a new computer that came with Windows 8. (Ensure the new computer has hardware drivers that work with Windows 7.)

How Downgrade Rights Work

Downgrade rights are intended for businesses. When buying new computers, businesses purchase computers that come preloaded with Windows 8 licenses and install a previous version of Windows without buying separate licenses.

Downgrade rights can be a bit confusing. Here’s how they work:

  • Downgrade rights are only available on computers that come with Windows 8 Pro. Upgrade copies of Windows 8 Pro don’t include downgrade rights, so you can’t purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack to get downgrade rights.
  • You can only downgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business, not Windows XP. (For the purpose of this article, we’ll assume you probably want to downgrade to Windows 7.)
  • After downgrading, you can reinstall Windows 8 at any time.

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Before Downgrading Windows

If you have a new computer that came with Windows 8 Professional and are itching to get Windows 7 Pro on it, there are a few things you should do first:

  • Ensure the computer actually supports Windows 7. Manufacturers may only provide hardware drivers for Windows 8, preventing you from using your hardware to its full capabilities. Check the manufacturer’s website for Windows 7 drivers for your computer.
  • Create a recovery drive that contains a copy of your new PC’s recovery partition. This will allow you to restore the original Windows 8 system if you wipe the recovery partition.

How to Downgrade Windows 8

If you’re using a new computer that came with Windows 8, you’ll probably have to enter your computer’s UEFI settings screen and enable the Legacy boot option, not the UEFI boot option. Consult your computer’s manual for more information.

To downgrade Windows, you’ll need a Windows 7 Professional installation disc and a valid license key for it. Neither Microsoft nor your computer manufacturer will provide this disc or key for you – you’re on your own when finding it, although Microsoft insists you should find a legitimate copy instead of downloading one from an illicit website. Downgrade rights are intended for businesses, who will likely have a disc and key on hand.

Once you’ve found the disc, insert it into your new computer and restart into the Windows 7 installer. Install Windows 7 Professional as you normally would, providing the legitimate Windows 7 Pro key during the installation process. Note that you can use this same key to downgrade multiple Windows 8 computers – you’ll just need this key to get past the mandatory key check during the installation process.

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After Windows 7 finishes installing, the online activation will fail because your product key is already in use. If you don’t see an “activation failed” message, you can press Start, type Activate, and click Activate Windows. You’ll need to activate by phone. Call up the phone number displayed in the activation window and explain that you’re exercising your Windows 8 Pro downgrade rights. Have your Windows 8 Pro key ready; you’ll need it to prove your PC has downgrade rights.

After explaining this, you’ll be given a long, single-use activation code. Enter that activation code into the window and your Windows 7 Professional installation will be activated.

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To downgrade multiple computers, you can use the same installation disc and Windows 7 product key. However, you’ll need to call up Microsoft each time to receive an activation key.


From requiring a preinstalled copy of Windows 8 Pro to leaving you on your own when finding Windows 7 installation media, this process is filled with traps for individual users. It’s clear that Microsoft only wants businesses downgrading – but if you have a retail license of Windows 7 you aren’t using, you’re free to install it on your new computer.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.

  • Published 01/7/13

Comments (57)

  1. LadyFitzgerald

    Will this work using Win 7 Ultimate?

  2. nt0xik8ed

    i’ve done it on two of my computers. still there’s no one interested in the windows8 copies i put on craigslist.

  3. NSDCars5

    Better solution (if you’re an individual): Get a copy of Windows 7, and sell your copy of Windows 8 (or keep it, you might regret not having it later when your favorite mobile app appears in the WinStore).

  4. gmoney

    @LadyFitzgerald You only get to downgrade from 8 Pro to 7 Pro it will not work with Ultimate. Like it said in the article it is designed for Businesses. And the real reason they even have this option is that they are making the programs backwards compatible.

  5. LadyFitzgerald

    @ gmoney. Thanks!

  6. Areeb

    It saddens me that people are not liking Windows 8. Yes there’s a learning curve but it’s very easy to learn Windows 8.

  7. Bit Bobber

    Downgrade WHAT?! The article specifically said, To downgrade Windows, you’ll need a Windows 7 Professional installation disc and a valid license key for it. So why is it that only professional or business versions are able to “downgrade”? Seems to me that if you already have a valid license for any version of Windows then you already have the “rights” to install and use it – not just some professional version.

    I really would like to know how is this downgrade process any different than a RE-INSTALLATION?! Other than the fact you’re going through some sort of contorted “downgrade” procedure, it’s crazy! Think about it. If a person has any Windows install disk and most importantly a LICENSE, then why even mess with this nutty downgrade procedure? Just wipe the drive, reinstall and then deal with all the updates, drivers, A/V, and so on. OR (and here’s a kooky idea for mass “downgrades”), just re-image!

    If you ask me, all this confusion about licensing, to say nothing about the underhanded treatment Microsoft seems subject their customers to (like their Media Center users, for example), is why more and more people are moving AWAY from Windows to either Apple or Linux. The fact that Microsoft still charges and arm and a leg for their STILL insecure bloatware (and now a badly designed OS) only makes that move a lot EASIER!

    And do I even have to point out the emerging desire to even “downgrade”?! Does that sound anything like VISTA?!

  8. studyhard

    why DOWNGRADE ?

  9. Jeremiah

    The only reason I want to downgrade to win7 is because some games have compatibly issues with win8.

  10. Kevalin

    @Bit Bobber: Re-read the article. Especially the part about about this “downgrade” being for businesses. It, unlike you, assumes that the owner does NOT have a retail or previous version of Windows–and mentions quite clearly, and quite early in the article, what to do if you do already own Windows 7.

    Hmph. Or better yet, just READ the article.

  11. john3347

    Why buy a computer with the stupid Windows 8 to start with? (Nobody has yet built, and likely never will build, an operating system that is optomized for everything from a cell phone to a corporate desktop client.) Just build or have built the computer of your choice and install Windows XP Professional on it . XP is far more stable than Windows 7 even now. Of course Windows 2000 is far more stable than XP, but is severely aging now.

  12. carl

    @john3347 – “XP is far more stable than Windows 7 even now.”

    Only in your dreams, pal. Been running Windows 7 and it has been rock solid since day 1. Not to mention that it is far more secure that XP. I have a buddy that still has an XP computer that for whatever reason he refuses to upgrade. Every 6 months, it is a ritual that he brings it over to get cleaned after it gets infected with something. I have never had a Windows 7 computer crash or get compromised.

  13. Tim S

    Did someone really just say XP was more stable than 7?

    Really?

    Oh dear. Oh deary deary me..

  14. Cody

    @Bit Bobber the Windows 7 license can/kinda needs to be one already in use if you want to go the downgrade method. Once activation fails you call MS then explain and give them your Win 8 keycode

  15. Cambo

    I’ve switched to Win8 with no problem at all.

    There are alternative Start menu’s out there, which can give you the full functionality of 7 back. My favorite so far is http://www.startisback.com

    Best bang for $3.00, and absolutely no lag in performance at all. You only see the new “Modern” interface if you want to. Boots directly to the desktop really quick.

    No, I don’t work for StartIsBack. Just love it, and it’s made Win8 worth the upgrade. It is THAT much faster than 7.

  16. Sleepy Cat

    Dump Win8 and just go for Win7 its the way to go Win8 is a headache. XP is also good but can’t use all of my onboard RAM. (6G).

  17. MikeMoss

    I used Windows 8 in Beta and liked it, but I don’t like it on my new computer in it’s final form.

    I probably won’t downgrade but I do wish I had bought my new computer with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.

    The apps are all inferior to the normal programs that you usually use, like Live Mail, I can’t even access my mail using the app because it won’t recognize Pop3.

    So I use Classic Shell and ignore Metro.

    There are just too many limitations in Windows 8 and everything is harder to do.
    I use multiple windows and the task bar all the time.

  18. Dave

    MikeMoss. I’m still struggling with 8 but got e-mail to recognize pop3 by using the gmail choice that is on there. I LUCKED into it, so can’t really tell you what I did but it works,

  19. Taylor Gibb

    This isn’t my article, but for those of you wondering why you would want to downgrade, imagine you buy a laptop with Windows 8 Pro installed, do you now need to go buy a license to downgrade to Windows 7 ? That would be ridiculous. All they saying is you can downgrade but you need your own installation media.

  20. TsarNikky

    I don’t think that “downgrade” is the correct word. I’m sure that the MS wizards could have come up with a better one. Users have discovered that Windows-7 is a better Operating System for their needs and requirements.
    As for Microsoft making it difficult to do this, chalk it up to arrogance. They assumed that Windows-8 was going to be slam-dunk, but left an “escape hatch” in case it did not turn out that way. Well, it didn’t. Maybe the “cleaner way” is to buy a copy of Windows-7 and to a clean install on the new computer.

  21. Paul

    “Downgrade”? Don’t they mean “repair”?

  22. ralphf926

    Why not just load VMware player for free and use windows 8 as a guest system to install windows 7. I got a HP laptop for Xmas with windows 8 and did just that. Now I can use windows 7 and play with windows 8.

  23. James

    Without doubt, going from Win8 to Win7, on a normal desktop computer, is very much an UPGRADE. I stuck with it for 2 weeks before scrapping the install and returning to 7. My productivity soared! Whoever designed this dumbed-down mess has simply lost it. I won’t be running it here.
    I still prefer XP in many ways, lean, fast, intuitive, powerful mailer, good picture viewer/printer, great media playback and -with updates to date and good antimalware- adequately secure.
    “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”.

  24. Cityboy3

    Boy of Boy the windows haters out here Just go buy a Mac and pay a lot more for a laptop that you can do with windows.Simple!

  25. Bob

    After hearing – or reading about all the work arounds to disable the Win 8 system foibles or mitigate the problems of using their stellar new OS imposed by Microsoft on users , tell me again why ANYONE would voluntarily go to or upgrade to Win 8 from Win 7?

  26. Doug

    This article might well have been subtitled “For those that live life through the rear view mirror”. While there might be a valid reason that a business might want to downgrade due to training costs, for the rest of us PC enthusiasts, Win 8 is head and shoulders above Win 7, and anything you could do in Win 7, you can do as well or better in Win 8. Now, that doesn’t mean that there are exceptions, or that a newer driver that shouldn’t have been updated, but for the most part IMO, those that complain haven’t caught on to the many things that are new and improved. The difference between 7 and 8 is almost the difference between XP and Vista, which went over the head of a lot of the supposed Windows Fan Boys, and their tired old Pentiums that weren’t up to the task.

    For those that use the internet primarily, the ‘metro’ screen is where life today exists, not in the tired web pages that are the main fare of 7 and before. If you are too old for 8, please stay out of my retirement community; we have enough of that type already.

  27. got runs?

    Windows ate.

  28. PP3TNC

    what about win7 extreme?
    will it downgrade to win7 pro, but not extreme? its i am using at the moment.

  29. Rishabh Mathur

    Wait… You are not making sense here.

    Is it that Windows 7 cannot be installed on in 8 PCs? because I read somewhere that the Windows 8 key is embedded within the UEFI. If it is so, then please specify clearly that Windows 7 cannot be installed on Windows 8 PCs and this method is required to do so. It is simply a clean install with only offline activation yet multiple PCs can be activated with this method.

  30. Tango1960

    Hey nt0xik8ed
    The reason you cant sell it is because its worthless, the C.O.A is permanently locked into the BIOS and cannot be transferred, never, ever, even to a new Mobo.
    Bill has done his homework this time.

  31. Harm

    That’s an upgrade in my book.

  32. Li

    @Doug We all should respect that every person has right to choose what they like, even if it’s from the same company. There is nothing wrong with that. Just like there are deeply devoted Apple fans, there will be computer users who do not like Win 8. If you feel that Win 8 is perfect for because it is designed for web users primarily, that’s only your point of view.

    Like many users, I am already happy with Win 7. I gave Win 8 a try and didn’t see the need to upgrade. Why should I spend money to get something that I consciously know I don’t need? To show off that I have the latest and coolest thing in others minds? That would be silly. There will always be newer and cooler ones in future.

  33. Kevin

    None of this makes sense? Assuming this writer has the correct information and you can downgrade, it seems the article is basically saying nothing about some license that gives you the right to downgrade but rather buy a copy of Windows 7 (any version) and install it. As it says in this article you require a copy of Windows 7 and a licence key. So at what point does this have anything to do with the legal right to downgrade when in reality all you are doing is admitting Windows 8 sucks and you are going to “install or re-install” Windows 7?

    Lets get real here and also admit that this is NOT a downgrade but an upgrade!

  34. Sensata

    A useful article for those who are unfortunate enough to have wasted money on this gimmick.

    I heard the woman at MS who was responsible for Windows 8 telling us in her schoolmarmy, bright, pushy fashion how we shall get used to the wonderful new interface and how touch screens are so wonderful. That approach is the death knell – we are the customers; we decide what we want to use, Microsoft’s pushy nagging is just going to put us off. I am not some anti-Microsoft, Linux zealot; Microsoft has produced some good software – XP and 7 are good – but they still listen to marketing idiots without an ounce of practical common sense and/or who are just trying to catch the eye with a new gimmick, like this mouthy woman. Business people, most of us and I need to use something that is easy and reliable. Not being a geek or enthusiast with nothing better to do, I do not have the time to learn a whole raft of new patterns to absolutely no purpose – indeed learning an interface which is worse than before.

    A propos the new interface: using touch screens that are vertically in front of you really causes a lot of repetitive strain problems. It is far, far easier to use a mouse for hours on end: holding your arm up and making precise movements is very tiring and creates great tension in the shoulder and neck – a really bad idea. A hand-held is easy to use as a touch screen because you are above it. A child would realize this.

    The desktop p.c. is a different device used for different purposes and used in physically different ways from a hand-held: this is so bloody obvious but Microsoft is far too controlled by the flashy, gimmicky approach designed to catch the eye of the young and none too bright. Windows 8 is a gimmick and it will suffer the fate of such.

    Microsoft needs to listen to the average customer – not the marketing spivs.

    In general, not just Microsoft, marketing spivs with their meretricious gimmickry cause the creation of a lot of useless rubbish and waste people’s time and money.

  35. MikeMoss

    The thing is that if you already have a unused Windows 7 installation disk there is nothing to stop you from just formatting the drive and installing Windows 7 in the normal way.

    I don’t see whey you couldn’t dual boot Windows 7 and 8 as I did during beta and then when you have everything switched over to 7 just remove 8, you just have to reset the boot options before you remove 8.

    That’s basically what I did when I switched my old computer from 7 to 8.

  36. krokkenoster

    Guys this is why I am leaving Micros**t and their adaptibility problems with the okder systems that made me to get rid of Windows if I can help it for ever. I lost a stack of boodle because I made back ups and if I had to re-install then all my back-ups were not even worth the media I used.The sh*t I had from Vista and the work lost from difficult translation work just put yourself in this position that a book of 2500 printed pages had to be done three times in a row because there was a bug in the computers and if you talk to their “Engineers” they reply “welcome to the club of weepers” We are forced to “throw our Earth away just because you get forced to buy the latest as printers scanners and the like did not have the correct “drivers” BAH GIVE THEM THE BOOT

  37. Jim

    Cambo: Thanks for telling me about http://www.startisback.com

    I needed to replace my very old XP box at home. I had used Win 7 at work, so I *assumed* Win 8 would be better, so I ordered a PC with Win 8 (home). I could not order that hardware with Win 7 or a “downgrade option”.

    IMO: Win 8 was designed for people who carry around remote devices as life support systems, believing their hand-held device is more important than oxygen and the only way to communicate with other people is via Facebook. I just can’t see how most of the Windows 8 nonsense can be useful or desirable in a desktop PC used for business, image or document creation and editing, or engineering apps.

    Cambo: Thank you again so I can use my new PC as a computer.

  38. Doug

    @Li
    You said:
    “Like many users, I am already happy with Win 7. I gave Win 8 a try and didn’t see the need to upgrade. Why should I spend money to get something that I consciously know I don’t need? To show off that I have the latest and coolest thing in others minds? That would be silly. There will always be newer and cooler ones in future”

    Li,
    I couldn’t agree with you more, but the issue that I tried to address, is those that reject it out-of-hand, for various, reasons, but usually not out of reasonable understanding of the product, but more often have an interest in seeing MS fail, or believe that negative talk gets them attention. I have a Win 7 as well as an XP computer in the house, and they are very content to do what they have been doing for a long time and I’m not rushing in to change them. I am probably among the last to upgrade because of popular opinion, but I’m the first one that will not let a few sour apples change my opinion without consulting those with more level outlook.
    For the majority of us, once you live with 8 for a while (and for some it might take longer than others), going back to 7 seems clunky. And that doesn’t mean you should upgrade to 8.
    From a recent report, it sounds like we will be seeing Win OS upgrades more frequently, so you will have less than a year (or even a lot less) to go through this again.
    FWIW, when I first tried Win 8 Developer Preview, I thought it was the dumbest thing I ever saw.

  39. Robert Ryan

    My wife bought an Asus with 8 which she hates,like others she had vista
    “Bad experience” and then 7 and after a year she is comfortable using 7.
    I went from Xp -7 and from the little time on 8 ,NO Thanks, has any one
    Tried to partition your hard drive and install 7 there? Then u can choose
    To boot from 7 or 8. Easiest fix I found was holding windows button
    Then pressing D it reverts to desktop “no start button”but more familier.
    Classicshell.sourceforge.net has free install for classic start menu.

  40. Joe

    How to downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.5.

    If it wasn’t for these 3 additions below, I would not want to ever use Windows 8. I would call it Windows Ain’t.
    1. Ad a start bar like Start8 from Stardock at http://www.stardock.com or Classic Shell at http://www.classicshell.net/
    2. Ad the gadgets from Vista and Windows 7. Go to http://8gadgetpack.bplaced.net/
    3. Ad the Microsoft Games from Vista and Windows. Go here for information on how to do it.
    http://www.intowindows.com/play-windows-7-games-in-windows-8/

    When I boot up, which seems to be a bit faster the 7, I go to the desktop and bypass that new Windows UI (Ugly Interface). It looks like Windows 7 but runs faster. 8 is also supposed to be more secure then 7.

    I even found Windows 8 drivers for my 6 year old Brother laser printer and my 6 year old Epson scanner.
    I don’t need or want any of the Windows 8 apps, the Charms Bar, which I found was uncharming and unnecessary can be eliminated with the programs from step 1 above. So far my older Windows 7 Programs work just fine.

  41. Mike

    \do you think it will work on a dubieus copy of windows 7?
    I haven’t got my windows 8 key so im screwed for sure , is there any way of getting a fresh windows 7 key
    any help would be most appreciated?
    Cheers
    Micyfinny

  42. glenn

    So if you bought a computer with Windows 7 Home Premium with the upgrade offer to Windows Pro, I guess you could go through with the upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro then downgrade to Windows 7 Pro?

  43. Diana H

    I need advice from someone that has “Downgraded”, yes, Downgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 7. I upgraded my mom’s computer to Windows 8 and she hates it. Her games are not working, her Netflix does not work, it’s a complete mess. If I could do this for her; She would be very happy. The only problem; My computer did not come with a Windows 7 installation disk. How do I get around this? It’s an HP Notebook. Just curious if anyone has some advice. I would rather not buy a copy of Windows 7; I just purchased Windows 8. Thank you in advance for your help! Diana

  44. Jacek

    I am struggling with 8->7 downgrade right now. Windows 8 downgrade requires a valid Windows 7 Professional full version (box) key and media. According to Microsoft help desk the box version can be borrowed and downgrade execution does not affect original owner. Unfortunately it is hard to find Windows 7 professional box since few people buy it. Keys floated in network are either OEM or MSDN and Microsoft help desk will refuse downgrade activation. So I have right to downgrade, my quest item is valid product key and media. If you know somebody who has it and is willing to share please let me know.

  45. Dave

    I want to revert back to Windows 7 because my less than 6 month old Notebook that came with 7 is acting sluggish since “upgrading” to 8. I don’t think 8 is great. It sucks.

    Dave J

  46. Jacek

    I use Ubuntu as primary operating system, however my customers are using Microsoft Office and I need to exchange documents with them. I have Windows installed in virtual machine (virtualbox). This setup was tested with Windows 7 and worked fine. I bought Windows 8 Professional willing to give it a try, since it has Windows 7 downgrade option it seemed to be a safe choice. Windows 8 experience is bad, performance sluggish so I have decided to execute downgrade right. All you need is Windows 7 Professional full version (box) media and installation key. It can be borrowed from somebody who has it, unfortunately this product is rare and it is hard to find owner willing to lend his disk and activation key. Windows “free” keys floated on the network are not good for downgrade, they come either form OEM or MSDN channels and Microsoft will refuse to activate downgrade. Any suggestion on where can I borrow media and key required for downgrade installations are appreciated.
    Jacek

  47. JoeJoe

    The article starts off right away being wrong. It should be how to UPGRADE from Windows 8 to Windows 7.

  48. jeepmanjr

    Why would you want to? Load classic shell and get over it.

    I can’t believe I said that. I was a staunch W8 hater. But if you could see my W8 installation, except during boot, you would not be able to tell if it was 7 or 8. I hate all things M$, but I kinda like W8.

  49. Joe

    jeepmanjr. I agree with you. Classic Shell is a great addition to Windows 8. 8 seems pretty fast compared to 7. With the Classic Shell. Window 8 is now functional. If you need to in the future you can play with the Windows 8 apps and other features to see if you really need them. I don’t like the new Windows UI (Ugly Interface).

  50. John

    To avoid all this stress of reinstalling 7. Just put 7 on another internal hard drive and install 8 there!
    Then you will have 7 and 8 and no problems. I used Paragon free but be careful of the 100mb system Partition. Best to have two hard Drives.

    John.

  51. Bugger

    I bought a copy of Windows 8 Pro when it came out and discovered I couldn’t install it after wiping my Windows 7 Home drive for a fresh install. It installs and then says I can’t register it because I didn’t do an upgrade. Anyway I blew back Windows 7 on the drive and installed Windows 8 again. Nowhere on the package does it say Upgrade.

    After it installed I realized it was the poorest excuse for a desktop OS Microsoft has ever dumped on us. Windows 8 is not made for a desktop, it’s for the finger wavers. I have an Ipad for that.

    I removed this junk and went back with Windows 7 Pro.
    Windows 8 Pro anyone?

  52. Feedup

    If Windows 8 is so great then why are there so many forums, books, and magazines with articles on how to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7? Windows 8 is still Windows 7 under all that fluff and all those key presses to do the same thing. Don’t waste your money.

  53. Mike

    I am a tech at a local computer consultant shop in Natchez, MS and yes, we have tons of people downgrading to Windows 7 and we do not blame them! Windows XP is probably the most stable version of Windows there is out there, just look at most business workstations they are still running XP, has to do with how long it’s been around, 7 is great I personally prefer it to any other, but I just wish it was as stable as XP and it will be in time, Microsoft likes to overcharge and step on anyone they can. They have both the money and resources to send out great products at the launch dates they are just using us as their free testers to see what we will notice first.

  54. Mohammad

    jerk article ….

  55. Nonono

    Ii tried Win8 and its horiblle. lots of games you cant play. And its very weird! this is leaning me a bit to apple.

  56. ted

    I waited – finally upgraded to W7. took a while to get used to but it was – okay – not terrific, had some basic issues that I could not accept.
    THEN – I made the dastardly mistake – changed my motherboard ! ooohhh heavens – such a bad thing.
    first thing that happened when I was checking upgrades etc. MS Locked me out of my software.
    after many emails to ms – I had to pay $199 to get a new number – screw that – one format and back to
    XP pro. anybody wanna buy a copy of W7 ultimate ? :-))

  57. Miss Andrea Borman.

    this information is helpful but don’t you also have to disable secure bot in the bios settings before installing Windows 7?
    I have bought Windows 8 Pro which is only being sold as an upgrade install. But i am going to install it on one of my windows 7 laptops. It’s better that way as I can always go back to Windows 7 if I want to or even duel boot with another OS.And I don’t have to worry about secure boot either.
    Also there is no point in buying a Windows 8 laptop if you can still buy Windows 7 laptops which you can.And it’s not worth it either if you are going to install Windows 7 over it.
    Andrea Borman.

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