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Help me downgrade please

  1. #11


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 pro


    Excellent that link works, I see many files so I should chose the corresponding one that matches my sticker.

    I appreciate it, I will do this when I get home instead of the recovery partition.

    Just to be sure.
    1. Download/burn iso
    2. Insert in dvd drive and reboot laptop
    3. Should get a prompt? (been a while)
    4. Follow instructions and at some point insert the cd key on bottom of my laptop.
    5. I will do a clean install so it should wipe everything right.

    I think that's it.
    Thanks again for the help! I'll come back and give thanks/likes.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    1a) you may have to change the BIOS boot sequence if the CD/DVD reader is not #1. On HPs I think it is by tapping ESC after power-on. That makes a temporary boot sequence change.

    And when it boots, watch your screen on the top left. There may be a message: "Press any key to continue". If you don't do that, it boots into the default which is probably Windows 8 in your case.

    3) You'll get a lot of prompts. But they are all pretty obvious.

    For burning the .iso I always use ImgBurn. But maybe you have your own peogram.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 pro


    I think I remember that, it should be set to boot from dvd but if it isn't I'll check the settings. Also thanks for the burning software, I did not have any specific one I think I was using windows media player... Or whatever is the default pop up when you enter a blank dvd (kind of a newb).

    How do I verify what windows came on the laptop will it be on the sticker? I know it's x64 but not sure if it's home premium or pro.

    Sorry for all the newb questions.
    Thanks again.
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    It says on the sticker. E.g "Windows 7 Home Prem". And don't use Media Player for burning. That can burn music files but no .iso.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 pro


    Ok thanks again!!
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  6. #16


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


    Before wiping the HDD, do backup the HP driver folder.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 pro


    Ok how do I do that and what do I back it up to??
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  8. #18


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 pro


    Thank you everyone for your support, I did the recovery install and it worked without any issues. I'm back on windows 7!

    Thanks again.
    Great support community.
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