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win 7 install over win8.1

  1. #1


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    windows 8.1

    win 7 install over win8.1


    made recovery on flash drive for 8.1 plan to load win 7 blow out partition etc.. will I be able in future to re install 8.1

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by kenwitt View Post
    made recovery on flash drive for 8.1 plan to load win 7 blow out partition etc.. will I be able in future to re install 8.1
    Hey kenwitt, welcome to Windows EightForums!

    If you've got media, keys and a bios that will work, I don't see why not.
    Are you talkin dual boot or over top?
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  3. #3


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


    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

    plan to load win 7 blow out partition etc..
    YES & NO, down to your UEFI/BIOS firmware setting.

    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 8.1


    pc came with 8 downloaded 8.1 recovery flash drive made with 8.1.. how do I go back to 8 refurb'ed Gateway came with no disk
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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win 7 install over win8.1
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