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How to revert back to Windows 7

  1. #11


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    Will make the Acer Recovery DVD's, screenshot in post 5.

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  2. #12


    Please forgive me if I missed something, but I haven't seen anyone address the original question. The question is whether or not you lose your Windows 7 license once you use the Windows 8 upgrade.
    Pete
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Please forgive me if I missed something, but I haven't seen anyone address the original question. The question is whether or not you lose your Windows 7 license once you use the Windows 8 upgrade.
    Pete
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  4. #14


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Please forgive me if I missed something, but I haven't seen anyone address the original question. The question is whether or not you lose your Windows 7 license once you use the Windows 8 upgrade.
    Pete
    I also did the Windows7 image recover procedure and all is working fine. The Windows 7 key belongs to you forever and you never
    loose it. If you need to install Windows 7 from scratch you will need to use it again to activate Windows 7. IF you bought a WIndows 8 upgrade you will always have to install a valid activated Windows 7 first. If you try, as I did to activate Windows 8 without Windows 7 you need a Full Licence Key...so I had to reinstall Windows 7 again, then WIndows 8.
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  5. #15


    anyway ill try to work something out.. it seems like MS is trying to force win8,. poor newbie like me who has lesser knowledge on OS installation
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by RayMulder View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Please forgive me if I missed something, but I haven't seen anyone address the original question. The question is whether or not you lose your Windows 7 license once you use the Windows 8 upgrade.
    Pete
    I also did the Windows7 image recover procedure and all is working fine. The Windows 7 key belongs to you forever and you never
    loose it. If you need to install Windows 7 from scratch you will need to use it again to activate Windows 7. IF you bought a WIndows 8 upgrade you will always have to install a valid activated Windows 7 first. If you try, as I did to activate Windows 8 without Windows 7 you need a Full Licence Key...so I had to reinstall Windows 7 again, then WIndows 8.
    Thanks. If you believe Microsoft, you lose the Windows 7 license once you use it to upgrade to Windows 8. Of course, if you revert back to Windows 7 and don't use Windows 8 then legally I would think you're OK. I see no evidence that Microsoft physically invalidates the license since people seem to be able to revert back without problems. Also, IMHO using a prior Windows 7 image to restore from doesn't change the issue, since it's my understanding that Microsoft checks the validity of your license on the occasion of a Windows update.

    In summary, I'm satisfied that I can successfully revert back to Windows 7 if the need arises. Thanks for all the feedback.
    Pete
    Last edited by flroots; 02 Dec 2012 at 08:44.
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  7. #17


    DeLand, FL
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    1) Microsoft isn't trying to "force" anyone already using Win7 onto Win8. It's just the latest version of the O/S and is being provided by default on equipment just like every other version. That's not "force", it's just the latest version. Of course​ they're going to try to sell it to you. You're not tied to a tree, you don't *have* to update any more than you have to buy the latest model of a BMW or Ford. The showroom sells the latest version of the product, that's all.
    2) Microsoft doesn't even insinuate that your license to a previous version of the O/S is "invalidated" or "cancelled" in any way at all when you upgrade to a new version. They even go out of their way to provide "downgrade" rights when you buy an O/S if you prefer.

    Let's quit this "evil" Microsoft stuff, OK?

    -Max
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    1) Microsoft isn't trying to "force" anyone already using Win7 onto Win8. It's just the latest version of the O/S and is being provided by default on equipment just like every other version. That's not "force", it's just the latest version. You're not tied to a tree, you don't *have* to update any more than you have to buy the latest model of a BMW or Ford. The showroom sells the latest version of the product, that's all.
    2) Microsoft doesn't even insinuate that your license to a previous version of the O/S is "invalidated" or "cancelled" in any way at all when you upgrade to a new version. They even go out of their way to provide "downgrade" rights when you buy an O/S if you prefer.

    Let's quit this "evil" Microsoft stuff, OK?

    -Max
    Thanks. I agree with your first point, but not your second point; I have read from several sources (see below) that your Windows 7 license becomes invalid once you use it to upgrade to Windows 8, however, I'm not suggesting that this is enforced in any way. Also, it would seem logical that if you revert back to Windows 7 and don't use your Windows 8 upgrade, you should be OK. Here is one of the items I've read which seems pretty legitimate. I've also seen an excerpt from the T&C, but haven't found it.


    which is quoted here:
    "If I use a Windows 8 Upgrade disc/download to upgrade my Windows 7 computer to Windows 8, can I then use my old Windows 7 disc and product key to install Windows 7 on another computer?"

    No. The Windows 8 Upgrade license replaces the previous Windows 7 (or Windows Vista or Windows XP) license.
    To be clear: your old version of Windows that you upgraded from can no longer be used on your current, or any other, computer.


    Pete
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  9. #19


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    1) Microsoft isn't trying to "force" anyone already using Win7 onto Win8. It's just the latest version of the O/S and is being provided by default on equipment just like every other version. That's not "force", it's just the latest version. You're not tied to a tree, you don't *have* to update any more than you have to buy the latest model of a BMW or Ford. The showroom sells the latest version of the product, that's all.
    2) Microsoft doesn't even insinuate that your license to a previous version of the O/S is "invalidated" or "cancelled" in any way at all when you upgrade to a new version. They even go out of their way to provide "downgrade" rights when you buy an O/S if you prefer.

    Let's quit this "evil" Microsoft stuff, OK?

    -Max
    Thanks. I agree with your first point, but not your second point; I have read from several sources (see below) that your Windows 7 license becomes invalid once you use it to upgrade to Windows 8, however, I'm not suggesting that this is enforced in any way. Also, it would seem logical that if you revert back to Windows 7 and don't use your Windows 8 upgrade, you should be OK. Here is one of the items I've read which seems pretty legitimate. I've also seen an excerpt from the T&C, but haven't found it.
    which is quoted here:
    "If I use a Windows 8 Upgrade disc/download to upgrade my Windows 7 computer to Windows 8, can I then use my old Windows 7 disc and product key to install Windows 7 on another computer?"

    No. The Windows 8 Upgrade license replaces the previous Windows 7 (or Windows Vista or Windows XP) license.
    To be clear: your old version of Windows that you upgraded from can no longer be used on your current, or any other, computer.


    Pete
    Hi Pete,

    Well ... yeah, you can't use the Win7 license on another computer, of course since Win8 is offered as an upgrade and is technically an extension of that existing license. However I was trying to point out that you have the right to downgrade back to that earlier license without penalty.

    My main point was to address the idea that the big, bad evil Microsoft isn't trying to force you to do anything you don't want to do. Want to keep running XP? Fine. Keep running it. Want to drive a 1968 Ford Mustang? Fine, drive it. Just don't expect that evil manufacturer to continue supporting it ad-infinitum. You may just have to go to a third party for pieces & parts, that's all.

    -Max
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    1) Microsoft isn't trying to "force" anyone already using Win7 onto Win8. It's just the latest version of the O/S and is being provided by default on equipment just like every other version. That's not "force", it's just the latest version. You're not tied to a tree, you don't *have* to update any more than you have to buy the latest model of a BMW or Ford. The showroom sells the latest version of the product, that's all.
    2) Microsoft doesn't even insinuate that your license to a previous version of the O/S is "invalidated" or "cancelled" in any way at all when you upgrade to a new version. They even go out of their way to provide "downgrade" rights when you buy an O/S if you prefer.

    Let's quit this "evil" Microsoft stuff, OK?

    -Max
    Thanks. I agree with your first point, but not your second point; I have read from several sources (see below) that your Windows 7 license becomes invalid once you use it to upgrade to Windows 8, however, I'm not suggesting that this is enforced in any way. Also, it would seem logical that if you revert back to Windows 7 and don't use your Windows 8 upgrade, you should be OK. Here is one of the items I've read which seems pretty legitimate. I've also seen an excerpt from the T&C, but haven't found it.
    which is quoted here:
    "If I use a Windows 8 Upgrade disc/download to upgrade my Windows 7 computer to Windows 8, can I then use my old Windows 7 disc and product key to install Windows 7 on another computer?"

    No. The Windows 8 Upgrade license replaces the previous Windows 7 (or Windows Vista or Windows XP) license.
    To be clear: your old version of Windows that you upgraded from can no longer be used on your current, or any other, computer.


    Pete
    Hi Pete,

    Well ... yeah, you can't use the Win7 license on another computer, of course since Win8 is offered as an upgrade and is technically an extension of that existing license. However I was trying to point out that you have the right to downgrade back to that earlier license without penalty.

    My main point was to address the idea that the big, bad evil Microsoft isn't trying to force you to do anything you don't want to do. Want to keep running XP? Fine. Keep running it. Want to drive a 1968 Ford Mustang? Fine, drive it. Just don't expect that evil manufacturer to continue supporting it ad-infinitum. You may just have to go to a third party for pieces & parts, that's all.

    -Max
    Sounds good to me. I'm just happy that we can revert back without problems. As long as you continue using Windows 8 apparently you're not supposed to use the Windows 7 license eg, on another computer.
    Pete
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