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    Win 8 - win 7


    Hey all,


    I just have a quick question. I am currently running Windows 8, installed off of an upgrade key bought online, and not through a disc. Originally, the computer had win 7 on it. The computer, however, only came with the reinstallation disc that works only if 7 is installed on the system already, and not a full install disc. My question is, would using that disc revert it back to windows 7 and do a clean install if I tell it to reinstall windows or will it essentially be a lost cause? Also, is there a way to do a full, clean install using that disc if I completely format the drive or would I have to get ahold of a win 7 64 bit disc in order to do that?

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    Sure you can, see here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums

    You could also download a legal copy of Windows 7 (retail, not upgrade) from heidoc.net:

    Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
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    Would the process be the same for reverting to seven from eight then? From what I gather on the link, that is for a clean install of seven when you already have seven installed through an upgrade and I'm looking to go from my online Windows 8 upgrade version back down to seven. If not I'll just get the install disc from the second source there.
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    A clean install is just what it says. Installing from booted media. You can use upgrade or full media for that. They are the same, in spite of the different names. The difference is the product key you enter.

    Probably best to get the newest install media you can find - SP1(U) media refresh from the heidoc link.
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