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Downgrading from Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 7?

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    Downgrading from Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 7?


    I own a hp laptop pavilion g7 exact model:

    HP Pavilion g7-2233cl Notebook PC | HP® Support

    Thing is it came with windows 8 and im sick of it, I hate it, I hate the UI, the performance, the design, everything about it, I want to go back to Windows 7 but HP does not have the drivers for windows 7 listed and im not sure if everything is going to be compatible , i tried using windows 7 upgrade assistant but no luck, I don't care about losing my windows 8 license, I never plan to return to Win 8 if the downgrade is possible, any ideas on how to do it or if I can?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sykeecx View Post
    I own a hp laptop pavilion g7 exact model:

    HP Pavilion g7-2233cl Notebook PC | HP® Support

    Thing is it came with windows 8 and im sick of it, I hate it, I hate the UI, the performance, the design, everything about it, I want to go back to Windows 7 but HP does not have the drivers for windows 7 listed and im not sure if everything is going to be compatible , i tried using windows 7 upgrade assistant but no luck, I don't care about losing my windows 8 license, I never plan to return to Win 8 if the downgrade is possible, any ideas on how to do it or if I can?
    With out win 7 drivers it probably could be done but difficult.
    Have you tried Classic Shell, With this free program you can make your windows 8.1 look and feel just like window 7 or Vista or XP. You can bypass the lock screen, never see the metro screen., Turn off all four corner. You'll boot straight to login from there straight to Desktop. You will have to change some of the default programs to start your desktop programs instead of the metro apps. Very easy to do. I changed the Acrobat and JPG picture ext to open desktop programs. Yours will be different but as they come up just edit default file extensions. I pretty much don't notice any difference from the Win 7 computer here and the others that are Win 8.1

    Sorry I haven't answered your question. To install windows 7 you will have to go to each hardware's web page and see if they have win 7 drivers for your Rev of their hardware ie. WiFi, LAN Bluetooth, Audio etc.
    Most win 8 drivers will work for win 7 but not all and you need to know which are which before you attempt as BSOD and lock ups could happen with wrong drivers.
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