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downgrading to win7

  1. #11


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


    If BIOS is set to UEFI mode, boot the Windows x64 DVD in UEFI mode.

    If BIOS is set to Legacy mode, boot the Windows x64 DVD in Legacy mode.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    It looks as if my version is just the upgrade version - it only cost £80.

    I have just checked AMAZON and the full version is £136.

    As the upgrade version will look for a "lesser" version of windows such as XP, VISTA etc, it will not work when I actually have the upgraded version i.e. win 8 on my pc - what a bummer !!!! Looks as if I will now have to purchase a full version!!! This is a real rip off !!!
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  3. #13


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Hi THEOG,

    Tried your suggestion re. legacy and uefi drives - pc freezes again.
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  4. #14


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Derick, do not destroy your old 40GB harddrive, there are programs that will let you transport installed programs from one computer to another.

    But first follow TheOg's instructions to stabilize your dowgraded windows 7 first.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Thankyou Brooklyn.

    I am really annoyed as I have to purchase a full version of win 7 !!!! Even though I have purchased a pc with win8 pre-installed and I have also purchased a copy of win 7 upgrade !!!!
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  6. #16


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


    I believe if you bought preinstalled win8 PRO , you have full downgrade rights, ie do not need to buy a 7 license.

    Not with win 8 regular, though.

    You are not the only one it has happened to.

    In theory, you can reject the 8 eula and get your money back from the oem. Might be more difficult if you have actually used it, instead of rejecting it beforehand. Of course, you couldn't have known beforehand what it was like..


    In November 2010, Mr. S. Petrus from France won the case against Lenovo which previously refused to pay him the Windows tax refund. The Court of Cassation ruled in favor of Mr. S. Petrus, stating that the bundling was unlawful. On January 9, 2012 in continuation of this case judge Jean-Marie Dubouloz ordered Lenovo to pay Petrus legal costs of €1,000 (around US$1,300) and damages of €800, as well as the license refund of €120, observing that "It is commonly accepted that the price of a piece of software represents 10 percent to 25 percent of the price of a computer".

    Lenovo ordered to pay





    BBC NEWS | Technology | User refund for no Windows option
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  7. #17


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    I believe you can still return 1 or both of your windows DVD that you were forced to purchase even if opened.

    What may be required "... is a feat of linguistic legerdemain and a degree of intrepidity".

    basically hold your ground when explaining your unfortunate situation...

    I have still a suggestion that may allow you to use your 40GB drive and all software cloned onto your new larger drive and onto your new computer. But legally you may not be able to use the original 40GB drive back into your old PC unless you have a 2 system license, youll have to read the sticker, or the original DVD package that came with your original laptop PC.. Or maybe you can if you upgrade your old win7 to a 2 computer license..

    Lots of options here, only desperation will cause you grief..
    Last edited by Brooklyn567; 10 Jun 2013 at 20:33. Reason: edit
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