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    When Windows 8 trial ends...


    I'm sure this has been addressed here, but I couldn't figure out what search terms to use. I installed the Win8 consumer preview on a spare laptop quite a while ago and didn't read the fine print closely enough to realize that I would not be able to revert to Win 7 at the end of the trial. Win 7 was OEM so I have no installation disk. I don't see when I boot that there's a restore partition on the drive (!), so I've got nothing to restore from. I would gladly pay for the Win 8 upgrade but the laptop is to old to justify paying for a new license. Will I just be junking this laptop when the trial version expires?

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    Hello smoddelm,


    The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will expire on January 15th 2013.

    If you still have the product key number on your COA sticker like below on your computer (back or bottom), then you could use the tutorial below to do a clean install of your Windows 7, and activate it.




    Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    I looked at the bottom. The Microsoft sticker is worn off to the point where I would never be able to retrieve all of the numbers/characters in the product key. It's an HP, and their sticker is unscathed! There's no upgrade directly from the Win 8 preview, is there? I mean, the installation checked to make sure I had a genuine copy of Win 7, right? So the fact that it is eligible for upgrade pricing is basically "embedded" in the Win 8 preview...
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    Sorry, but no. Windows 8 preview only checked to see if you would be able to upgrade from your Windows 7. It didn't preserve your Windows 7 product key number.

    Well, going from Windows 8 to Windows 7 is not an upgrade, but a downgrade. Unfortunately, you must do a clean install to downgrade.

    You can upgrade from Windows 8 preview to the Windows 8 RTM, but you will need to purchase full (systems builder) copy of Windows 8 instead of an upgrade copy since you do not have your old Windows 7 product key number.
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    Hmmm - maybe it's a long shot, but any idea if HP can match my serial number to the OEM Win 7 product info?

    I have to say, I'm really shocked that the installer didn't give a bigger warning that it was wiping out Windows 7. If my memory is correct, the Win 7 preview from Vista did no such thing.
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    Yeah, if you install it from within Windows 7/Vista, then it will replace your current installation. Only doing the installation at boot and selecting a different drive or partitions will it not.

    You could order a set of factory recovery disc from HP for your specific computer model and serial number. Hopefully the serial number is not worn off as well.


    Looking for Recovery Discs? | HP® Support
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    All is good. Apparently the consumer preview does mark in some way that it's a valid upgrade path to the final Win 8. I downloaded the $39 upgrade and it installed and activated with no problem. I was only given the choices of a fresh install or keeping my files - no option to keep programs. I only had Microsoft Office on the machine anyway - as I said, it was an old spare laptop.
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    That's good news.
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