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Need to downgrade windows 8 non-pro that was preinstalled

  1. #1

    Posts : 6
    Win 8

    Need to downgrade windows 8 non-pro that was preinstalled

    I need to downgrade and in my search for a way to return to windows 7 Ive come across these downgrade rights for windows 8 professional. My thoughts are to upgrade to pro using my school email for $40 then downgrading to 7 but I dont see mention of this option to downgrade anywhere. This seems like my cheapest option, otherwise I will have to buy a copy of 7 brand new and do a clean install. Is the option to downgrade only available on machines with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled, and if so why???

    ...and yes, im sure I want to go back to 7 as the programs I use most frequently for school and are given to me by my university only work on windows 7.

    This is the link to downgrade rights:
    Understanding downgrade rights

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  2. #2

    Posts : 224

    i'm not sure about the downgrade options, it was usually part of some systems that came with 7 pro to downgrade to xp for business reasons, but that didn't come with every 7 pro system.

    buying windows 7 may be your only option.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1

    I'd say to call Microsoft directly and ask them. They should tell you how to do it.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Is the option to downgrade only available on machines with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled, and if so why???
    Welcome to EightForums.

    For business reasons downgrade the rights are for PC's that come with Windows 8 Pro Preinstalled only.

    You can buy a Windows 7 licence & downgrade yourself.

    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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Need to downgrade windows 8 non-pro that was preinstalled
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