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How do I remove OEM Win8 and install Windows 7?

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    How do I remove OEM Win8 and install Windows 7?


    I need to completely remove an OEM version of Windows 8 and install a new version of Windows 7 provided by Microsoft.

    I am not allowed to install Win7 because the Win8 partitions are protected.

    Suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    How do you mean?

    Boot the win7 installation media - go to drive options (advanced) and delete the unwanted win8 partitions.

    I think you have made a wise decision - just out of curiosity, how did you get the win7 install media from MS ?

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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm guessing he tried to install Windows 7 from Windows 8 instead of booting from the actual install media.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I booted the Windows 7 media from the DVD provided. There is no provision for removing the partitions. They are marked as protected.

    The problem is that I can get to my W7 machine from W8 but not in reverse. I need to be able to see everything on the W8 machine's HD. MS was the one who offered to send me the install media for W7, free of charge. I didn't ask. They even sent it overnight FedEx. What service!!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    FWIW - I built my first PC 31 years ago. Even soldered some parts. I got a MS in CS in 1990. Hard to stay on top of everything happening in the industry.
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    BitLocker maybe?
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You should probably post a screen of your expanded Disk Management. Just use the snipping tool.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Wife needs the machine ATM. I'll post it when I can.
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  9. #9


    Another possibility: contact the OEM and ask them how to remove the protection on the Win8 partition/drive.
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Uefi ?
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