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    xp, 7, and 8

    Windows 8 Issue


    I recently purchased a Windows 8 machine (Lenovo Ideacentre q190). The previous version q180 supported installing XP, but the most recent version does not. Before I go and install Windows 7 I want to make sure of a few things.

    I understand from reading that I am entitled to downgrade my Windows 8 installation to Windows 7 but I would be left with Windows 7 Home. I previously have connected all of my machines to the domain (ultimately to limit shared folder access) so I guess my question would be..... If I have Windows 7 Home and share a folder, can I limit access on that folder to only certain users from a domain?

    On a side note....If I were to purchase a copy of Windows 7 Professional, would there be any issues just installing it over my current installation of Windows 8?

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    The last option you mentioned, in my opinion, would be the best course of action. I think your right with the limitations of 7 Home vs. 7 Pro with regards to your share/domain folders access question.

    Just curious, what do you find about 8 that would make you want to downgrade to 7? Instead of downgrading, you go make your 8 machine work/function like 7 with some Stardock products...eg start8 and Mordernmix. They're only $4.99 each and well worth it...as a bouns of doing this you keep the speed and features of 8 but with a 7 feel. I have them on my desktop and they work great. There are some free versions of start8...one is called classic shell, which I have also used...works as advertised.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    For Pre-installed Windows 8 core, will need to purchase a copy of Windows 7

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

    For Windows 8 Pro
    I understand from reading that I am entitled to downgrade my Windows 8 installation to Windows 7
    There is a free downgrade path.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    2.Insert the Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.
    3.Press F10 to save the Setup Utility configuration changes. The computer restarts and the recovery program opens. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin the recovery process.

    Lenovo Support Express - Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions

    Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions
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    xp, 7, and 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums

    For Pre-installed Windows 8 core, will need to purchase a copy of Windows 7

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

    For Windows 8 Pro
    I understand from reading that I am entitled to downgrade my Windows 8 installation to Windows 7
    There is a free downgrade path.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    2.Insert the Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.
    3.Press F10 to save the Setup Utility configuration changes. The computer restarts and the recovery program opens. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin the recovery process.

    Lenovo Support Express - Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions

    Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions
    It is Windows 8 Core and not Pro. So I would have to purchase a version of Windows 7 Professional to install?
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