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  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Window 8

    Remove Windows 8


    How do you remove Windows 8 from computer so I can get Windows 7 back? I need to do this so that I can do the upgrade to Windows 8.

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    You will need to reformat the C: drive (or anywhere windows 8 is installed) and install new copy of windows 7 on that partition.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Window 8


    Thank you! That's easy.
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  4. #4


    Which version of Windows 8 have you got already?? If RP (had a key) you can install the Win8 Pro directly. Done it on my laptop.

    Else - do as Mr Showdown says!
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  5. #5


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


    No need to reinstall Windows 7.

    Take look at this tutorial:
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MadHorseman View Post
    Which version of Windows 8 have you got already?? If RP (had a key) you can install the Win8 Pro directly. Done it on my laptop.

    this is not legal and against the forum rules to suggest it.
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  7. #7


    No it isn't illegal as he has a Legal Win 7 key.....and I had Vista Key.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Window 8


    I do have a legal copy of Win7 on my computer since it came with it. I'm running Windows 8 Enterprise. I received an email saying that if I wanted to upgrade then I would have to remove Win8 first. That's why I thought I had to do that and then install Win7 back. theog, thanks for the link. I am checking that out to.
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest View Post
    I do have a legal copy of Win7 on my computer since it came with it. I'm running Windows 8 Enterprise. I received an email saying that if I wanted to upgrade then I would have to remove Win8 first. That's why I thought I had to do that and then install Win7 back. theog, thanks for the link. I am checking that out to.
    I managed to (clean) install, and activate, the Win8 Pro upgrade over the Win8 Enterprise evaluation version. The Upgrade Assistant wouldn't let me purchase it from that machine, so I bought it from another PC. (I did the actual download on the Win8 PC.) Saved me from re-installing Win7 on the Win8 PC, which is the officially supported way to upgrade.

    From my point of view, it's too bad that MS made the $40 upgrade deal available only through using the Upgrade Assistant. I would have preferred to buy and download the .iso directly from the Microsoft Store, like the $50 Win7 upgrade deal (from the summer of 2009).
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Window 8


    Ah okay. Thank you so much. One more question, I don't know if you all will know this but can you disable the mouse pad from the laptop in Win8. It will not let me.
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