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Windows 8 to 7 on new desktop

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    Windows 8 to 7 on new desktop


    I just got a Dell XPS 8500 for work, and was previously doing game development on an Asus machine that died, so we had to buy a new one. This dell has come with windows 8 pre installed, and I am just getting the sense that I wont be able to go back to seven, even if I have the recovery disks? Before the questions ensue, many of the essential tools necessary for the project are no windows 8 compatible. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated, as I am on a time crunch to get this system up and running. Thanks

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    Read here, see if it helps: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
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    I just got a Dell XPS 8500 for work,
    This dell has come with windows 8 pre installed
    Welcome to EightForums.

    If Windows 8 Pro Pre-installed.
    Call Dell & order the downrights DVD.
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    Theog,is there a link to the Dell web site that talks about this downrights DVD? I've searched and can't find anything.

    Thanks
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    Here is another good tutorial: How to Downgrade Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7
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    Excellent, that answered my question to theog:

    The Professional edition of Windows 8 comes with “downgrade rights.” If you’re not happy with Windows 8 on a new computer, you can downgrade it to Windows 7 for free – as long as you have Windows 8 Pro.

    This isn’t as easy as it should be: Microsoft designed this procedure for businesses, and individual users will have to jump through a number of hoops to downgrade their Windows 8 Pro systems.
    Downgrade Rights vs. Other Ways to Downgrade

    This article is about exercising downgrade rights on a computer that comes with Windows 8 Pro. Downgrading to Windows 7 is simpler in other situations:

    If your computer came with Windows 7 and you upgraded it to Windows 8, you can revert your computer to the Windows 7 system it came with.
    If you have a retail copy of Windows 7 you aren’t using, you can install it on a new computer that came with Windows 8. (Ensure the new computer has hardware drivers that work with Windows 7.)

    How Downgrade Rights Work

    Downgrade rights are intended for businesses. When buying new computers, businesses purchase computers that come preloaded with Windows 8 licenses and install a previous version of Windows without buying separate licenses.

    Downgrade rights can be a bit confusing. Here’s how they work:

    Downgrade rights are only available on computers that come with Windows 8 Pro. Upgrade copies of Windows 8 Pro don’t include downgrade rights, so you can’t purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack to get downgrade rights.
    You can only downgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business, not Windows XP. (For the purpose of this article, we’ll assume you probably want to downgrade to Windows 7.)
    After downgrading, you can reinstall Windows 8 at any time.
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    Rich, I bet you are disappointed because you cannot downgrade to XP -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Theog,is there a link to the Dell web site that talks about this downrights DVD? I've searched and can't find anything.

    Thanks
    How to Downgrade from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7 Professional | Dell
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    Thanks, that's about as explicit as you can get. From what I read you have to already have your own Windows 7 DVD though. I didn't see anything about ordering one from Dell.

    One could download the Pro version from the link on the Dell site though: Dell Community - Microsoft Windows 7 Official .iso Download Links
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    Vostro 3360 Laptop Details | Dell UK

    Windows 8 Tablets, Laptops & Desktops | Dell UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Dell
    Windows 7 or Windows 8, the choice is yours!

    We recognise that as a business you need to be able to choose an operating system that suits your needs.

    Our products come with the following range of operating systems:

    1. Windows 7 only

    2. Windows 8 only (note touch functionality only runs with Windows 8)

    3. Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 8

    4. Windows 8 downgrade to Windows 7



    To make your choice, select the "Customise" button and choose the operating system that suits you.
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