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New computer, how do I roll back to Win7?

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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    New computer, how do I roll back to Win7?


    I recently purchased an HP Envy touchsmart computer that came with Windows 8. I really just don't like the interface, and even with Classic Shell I find it annoying that I cant't even make a Chrome window smaller than full screen. (Literally, the only option is full screen?) Plus I really like the task bar at the bottom.

    How difficult is it for me to download a copy of 7 and install it? What should I have done before I make the switch?

    Any help would be appreciated. Also, not sure if in right forum or not! Sorry!

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Hp Envy TS 23 downgrade to Windows 7 - HP Support Forum - 2746605

    Software & driver downloads HP TouchSmart 520-1165xt CTO Desktop PC | HP® Support


    Lokks like you need 7 installation media and product key ( unless you have 8 PRO ).

    Hope it helps.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Hp Envy TS 23 downgrade to Windows 7 - HP Support Forum - 2746605

    Software & driver downloads HP TouchSmart 520-1165xt CTO Desktop PC | HP® Support


    Lokks like you need 7 installation media and product key ( unless you have 8 PRO ).

    Hope it helps.
    I know that much, there isn't any special requirements going from 8 to 7? No tricks or surprises, just get a copy of 7 and have at it?
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


    2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
    USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
    Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by skvets View Post
    I find it annoying that I cant't even make a Chrome window smaller than full screen. (Literally, the only option is full screen?)
    Specifically for the Chrome issue.. what happens if you try this?
    How to restore Google Chrome's missing buttons in Windows 8 | PCWorld
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by skvets View Post
    I find it annoying that I cant't even make a Chrome window smaller than full screen. (Literally, the only option is full screen?)
    Specifically for the Chrome issue.. what happens if you try this?
    How to restore Google Chrome's missing buttons in Windows 8 | PCWorld
    Doesn't even work for me. Still., no minimize/maximize buttons. Windows 8 just has to go.
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


    2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
    USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
    Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
    I don't have an internal CD drive, but a USB one, I don't think it will work, will it? I tried it and it won't figure it out. All 4 ports are USB 3. How do I work around this?
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    Windows 7


    To anyone who wishes to downgrade from pre installed windows 8 to windows 7 on their hp laptop or whatever. you can without too much trouble, IF you find all the drivers specifically for your machine, now you may think finding your current drivers should be ok but that may not be the case as when you install back to windows 7 your drivers may not install correctly because they are currently compatible to windows 8, so you will have to find driver versions compatible for windows 7 or the original install packs from each brand on their website eg: amd, radeon graphics/chipset, synaptic, etc etc. but at the very least find and make sure you have the wifi adapter driver. so you may use the internet to search for the rest of your drivers. if you don't you will be left will windows 7 with generic drivers and unable to connect to the internet. OK so when you have all your drivers, you want to keep them on a seperate usb, or If you have made a bootable windows 7 usb (using rufus or windows dvd tool) you can slip a folder in there and put your drivers on it. Ok. lets say you have changed the BIOs to boot your windows 7 usb because you are ready to install. and it may ask you to insert disk again well its because you have usb 3.0 cancel then put your usb into another usb connection preferably a usb2.0 installation should go ahead. also when it comes to choosing a drive to install windows on you may delete all the other drives and create a new drive.. you may need open cmd at boot before install and clean the drive convert gtp to mrb and format and partion a primary drive etc so then you can install windows 7. OK well that's my rush explanation i hope this helps anyone in the future.
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    [QUOTE=skvets;269477]
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


    2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
    USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
    Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
    I don't have an internal CD drive, but a USB one, I don't think it will work, will it? I tried it and it won't figure it out. All 4 ports are USB 3. How do I work around this?[/QUOTE
    Have you gone into the BIOS a disabled Secure boot and enabled CSM, window 7 does not support secure boot.
    On your Chrome have you tried installing the desktop version. and changed the default to your desktop version rather than the metro app?
    USB 3.0 ports are backward compatible to 2.0 and 1.0, perhaps your thumb drive is USB 3.0?
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    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by skvets View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums

    1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


    2) If Using a USB Pen drive on a PC with a UEFI BIOS.
    USB Pen drive need to be formatted to FAT32 as in
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
    Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.
    I don't have an internal CD drive, but a USB one, I don't think it will work, will it? I tried it and it won't figure it out. All 4 ports are USB 3. How do I work around this?
    USB 3.0 ports are backward compatible to 2.0 and 1.0, perhaps your thumb drive is USB 3.0?
    Maybe i'm just lucky, but i've had a USB 3.0 USB plugged into a USB 3.0 port and used it to install Windows 7.... It probably just goes at 2.0 speeds, doesnt it?
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