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Downgrade to Windows 7

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Downgrade to Windows 7


    hello guys. i currently have a windows 8 i want to downgrade back to windows 7. i have created a bootable dvd and usb. but when i restart the computer, the dvd wont boot. and i get confused when it comes to changing the boot order and stuff. any help on how to successfully boot the dvd/usb?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    If you have a bootable usb there are various ways to make the system boot from it. You can change the boot order in bios, or in msconfig but the easiest I think is to type "windows to go" on the start screen and change it as below. It will then boot from any bootable USB you have inserted.

    hope this helps
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  3. #3


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    Is this a OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?

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

    Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

    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.


    You will need to buy Windows 7.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8 Pro


    i might've stuffed something up. i already turned off secure boot on windows 8 then booted the windows 7 disk but it was stuck on the "Windows Starting" logo page. So i turned it off. Then every time i try to reboot it, it always goes to the automatic repair page. every single time. any help? beginning to worry now...Shift+R improves the quality of this image. Shift+A improves the quality of all images on this page.
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  5. #5


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Boot the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD & do a RESET.

    How to do a Reset:
    Reset Windows 8
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