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Downgrade Windows 8 Preinstalled to Windows 7

How to Downgrade Windows 8 Preinstalled to Windows 7


This tutorial will show you how to downgrade your Windows 8 Preinstalled with or without Secure Boot to Windows 7.

We always assume you have made your Factory Recovery Discs using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC, and made a Startup Repair CD/DVD/USB.



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.

You can use the Windows system image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




1) Open an elevated Power Shell in Windows 8.

2) Type confirm-SecureBootUEFI


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If TRUE, your uEFI BIOS is set to Secure Boot, go to step 3 below.

If FALSE, your uEFI BIOS is not set to Secure Boot, NO need to reset uEFI BIOS. Go to step 4.



3) Reset BIOS to default, and reboot to BIOS make sure Secure Boot is disabled.
NOTE: Check your manufacturer's uEFI/BIOS firmware manual for settings.



Note   Note
You may also need to
Make sure CSM is ENABLED, & set to UEFI boot.

enable Boot Menu.

enable BIOS password.

Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

On some OEM manufacturer's the CSM setting are

UEFI = Windows 8 only
Legacy = All OS.
UEFI & Legacy = All OS.


Capture CSM.PNG

To install in Legacy Mode:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums





Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8
Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI


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Note   Note
How to reset your UEFI Bios Firmware from Windows 8


Toshiba How-To: Resetting your UEFI Bios Firmware on Windows 8 - YouTube


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NOTE: Example above, uEFI-BIOS is from a Fujitsu P400.

New AMI Fujitsu uEFI-BIOS, plus other OEM manufacturer's.

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AMI | American Megatrends Inc. : Aptio® V Launch Hardware Showcase

American Megatrends Presents Showcase of Windows® 8-ready Hardware with Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware at “Touch the Future with Aptio V” Launch Event

On Friday, October 5th, 2012




4) Boot from your UEFI 64-bit Windows 7 DVD or USB using the one time boot menu.

Note   Note
If you do not have a UEFI 64-bit Windows 7 DVD or USB, then you can create a UEFI USB using the tutorial below.

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows



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5) press enter on the UEFI DVD drive

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6) Follow this tutorial:


UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums





A) Delete all partitions. (in Drive Options)

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B) Remake partitions. (in Drive Options)


How to Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums


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& than Reboot PC to install.

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All Done.


DO NOT ENABLE SECURE BOOT AFTER INSTALLING WINDOWS 7, WINDOWS 7 WILL NOT BOOT.

Note   Note

When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

warning   Warning
If you shrink a partition before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the partition & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.


Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista




 

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outsider

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Yeeaaaaaahhh!!! :D BIOS update solved my boot problem :D :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gygabite
    CPU
    AMD
    Motherboard
    Gygabite
    Memory
    Samsung
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon

OldGrantonian

Member
Member
When I type:


  • confirm-SecureBootUEFI

I get the message:
-------------------------------

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


PS C:\windows\system32> confirm-SecureBootUEFI
The term 'confirm-SecureBootUEFI' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, fu
nction, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if
a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
At line:1 char:23
+ confirm-SecureBootUEFI <<<<
+ CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (confirm-SecureBootUEFI:String)
[], CommandNotFoundException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException


PS C:\windows\system32>
---------------------------------------------


Please advise.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

Brink

Administrator
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mvp

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

OldGrantonian

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Member
Thanks for your response.

I must apologize. I had your tutorial open on my company laptop (Win 7), while experimenting on my personal Win 8 laptop.

The "EUFI unrecognized" message must have come from the Win 7 laptop. I can reproduce that message.

I've now advanced to the stage where I have a choice:

----------------------------------
Change BOOT mode to

1) Legacy Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off

2) EUFI Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off
-----------------------------------

Which option should I select here? I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 5720

I don't want to muddy the waters, but I might later be tempted to install a small Ubuntu partition at the end of the disk to manage disk images. Based on your tutorial, I made a disk image of my Win 8 machine in preparation for the downgrade. It took about an hour. The same volume of data on an old single-cpu Dell XP laptop used to take a lot less time using Linux tools (and I'm not a techie).

At this stage, will that affect the choice for the boot mode? Maybe I need to change back and forward later on?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

Brink

Administrator
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mvp
In that case, you would want to use the "Legacy Boot Mode, Secure Boot Off" option to use BIOS mode instead of UEFI.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

tambrico2

New Member
I'm planning to follow this tutorial but I have one problem--I want to install windows 7 onto my SSD rather than my HDD. When I go to select which partition I want to install windows 7 onto, will the SSD show up as an option?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Intel i7
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 650M
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
Yes, the SSD should show up to select the same as if it was a HDD. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

tambrico2

New Member
Thanks Brink. I have one more question if you dont mind answering. Im currently in the BIOS and it gives me the following options:

Secure Boot [Disabled]
Load Legacy Option ROM [Disabled]
Boot List Option [UEFI]
Add Boot Option [Enter]
Delete Boot Option [Enter]

Should I enable "Load Legacy Option ROM" or change the Boot List Option from "UEFI" to "Legacy" if secure boot has been turned off? Thanks for your help!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Intel i7
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 650M
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
Since your going back to Windows 7, you could just leave it with legacy if you're not installing Windows 7 with UEFI.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

OldGrantonian

Member
Member
I've just completed the excellent tutorial. My Windows 7 seems to be working fine.

I now want to download latest drivers from Dell. They have an application called DellSystemDetect.exe that downloads the recommended drivers, and installs them in the correct sequence.

Unfortunately, at the moment, my Win 7 has no internet connection. The trouble shooting tool said "Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter". Device Manager shows no adapter.

I can see my external hard drive, so I could download the correct adapter to my company laptop and transfer it to my Win 7 laptop using the HDD.

Can you please tell me which driver(s) I need in order to set up an internet connection on my Win 7 laptop.
.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
Hello OldGrantonian,

It should be the LAN network driver from Dell for your computer model number. If you're not sure which one, then post back with the model number of your Dell computer, and I'll be happy to help find it. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

OldGrantonian

Member
Member
Hello OldGrantonian,

It should be the LAN network driver from Dell for your computer model number. If you're not sure which one, then post back with the model number of your Dell computer, and I'll be happy to help find it. :)

My model number is Inspiron 17R 5720. There are 11 network drivers on the page I'm looking at:

Product Support | Dell US

I would be grateful if you could tell me which driver I need.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
You could check in Device Manager to see what the network adapter is to compare it to the list of available drivers to help. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

OldGrantonian

Member
Member
You could check in Device Manager to see what the network adapter is to compare it to the list of available drivers to help. :)

As I mentioned earlier, there are no network adapters in Device Manager.

I have an item labelled "Other devices" with 7 contents, all marked with yellow exclamation mark:

BCM431A0
Ethernet Controller
Network Controller
PCI Simple Communications Controller
SM Bus Controller
Universal Serial Bus Controller
USB 2.0-CRW

Could you please have a look at the 11 Network adapters in the link I posted earlier, and advise which one(s) to download and transfer to my other laptop. I don't mind transferring all of them, but maybe that will cause later problems because I need to install all the other items such as BIOS, Chipset, in correct sequence. Note that there are 33 drivers in total for Win 7 (repeat Win 7, not Win 8).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

Brink

Administrator
Administrator
mvp
With the specs below,...

New Inspiron 17R Laptop ? 3rd Gen, 17" Laptop with SWITCH lids | Dell

Wireless

Wi-Fi Bluetooth Options:
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11n + BT 4.0
Dell Wireless 1704 802.11n + BT 4.0
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 + BT 4.0

Wired communications
Integrated Ethernet 10/100


.. I would start with the latest version of these.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

OldGrantonian

Member
Member
.. I would start with the latest version of these.
Dell Wireless 1703 Wi-Fi+ BT Driver Driver Details | Dell US
Dell DW1704 WiFi and Bluetooth Driver Driver Details | Dell US
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 WLAN Driver Driver Details | Dell US
Intel N-2230 Wi-Fi and BT Driver Driver Details | Dell US
Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver Driver Details | Dell US


Everything now looks fine. Many thanks for all the help and hand-holding :)

The following comments might sound negative, but they are intended to encourage people who might have some difficulties.

The first two drivers in your list announced that they had failed. But when I opened Device Manager to see what had happened, there were several additions to "Network adapters". (In a previous post, I mentioned that there was no branch called "Network adapters".)

I noticed that I had an internet connection. That was the main objective. Since then, I've been successfully adding one driver at a time (for safety), in the recommended sequence, with a reboot after each addition.

Two other network drivers in the recommended list also failed. But it seemed to me that further additions appeared in Device Manager. The video driver said that my bog-standard adapter was the recommended adapter. (But see later.)

Half-way through the drivers, I thought that I should try to activate my £45 eBay "Genyoowine Widnows 7 Home Preemium".

I tried to activate Windows, using Start > R-click Computer > Properties

I saw no option "Change Product Key". On the Windows Validation site, I clicked "Validate Now". Said "Your Windows is genuine".

I then noticed that 169 updates were installing themselves without my permission - but I let them continue.

So, I never entered any Product Code, but I have genuine Windows 7, with updates. Maybe I should have bought the £1 eBay offer :)

BTW: I've been installing, re-installing, repair-installing, upgrading, and downgrading Windows since version 3.1. I have never at any time been asked to provide a Product Key.

At random intervals, further Windows updates were added. Latest update caused my Display Adapters in Device Manager to change from "Standard VGA adapter" to "Intel HD Graphics 4000".

The next time I downgrade from Win 8 to Win 7, I think I'll just press the button and leave it to do everything itself, without my interfering.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

jpolacko

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Thanks for the information. Worked Great!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion DV6
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 144C
    Memory
    6 GB soon to be 8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics (Core i5)
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Samsung HDD and Samsung 600 GB SSD
    Case
    HP metal case.
    Cooling
    Standard fan ( Does a good enough job)
    Keyboard
    HP backlit keyboard.
    Mouse
    Standard USB Mouse
    Internet Speed
    60 Mbps Download and 10 Mbps Upload thru Charter High Speed Internet
    Browser
    Firefox and Internet Explorer
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security
    Other Info
    Custom Built Windows Server 2008 R2 used for storage server, DHCP server, Primary DNS server. Novell Suse Server running 2 custom built desktop that have Novell Netware installed. Samsung Note 3 (Primary Phone) and Samsung S4 (Back up phone).

ICit2lol

New Member
Member
Oh dear I wished I had known about this tutorial when I bought my new laptop with 8 on it as the resulting time consuming, irritating problems including the activation and verification issues I had with the seller to install 7 instead could have been so avoided:(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Own build X 2 Desk X 1 Lap X 2
    CPU
    i5 2500 & i5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA_H67UD3H-B3 & Asus P8Z77-V
    Memory
    8GB (1333) 8GB 2400 set 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GTX 650 X 2
    Sound Card
    Xonar DG X 2
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 24" (SB) Benq 24" (IB)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 X 2 830 X 1
    PSU
    Corsair HX 650 & HX 1050
    Case
    Coolermaster Centurion 2 & HAF XM
    Cooling
    Air (SB) LC (IB)
    Keyboard
    M6980X X 2 (laser)M$ Sidewinder X4 & Sidewinder X6 (IB)
    Mouse
    Gigabyte M6980 X X 2 (laser)
    Internet Speed
    ADSL2
    Browser
    Google
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky ISS
    Other Info
    Two other machines Toshiba L550 Sat i5 CPU running 8GB RAM and Windows 8 Pro 64bit OS.
    Toshiba A200Celeron 4GB Win7 64bit

sodbrother

New Member
Great post! I am having trouble with a PC that came with Win8 where I formatted and installed Win7. The computer has UEFI bios. I got Win7 installed and running, appears that all drivers are installed properly. My problem is the computer runs VERY slow. takes 1-5 minutes to open a browser or program. I have ran virus scans, checked HD for errors, malware scans, all windows updates installed, java updated... I have tried everything I can think of... Any suggestions on where to look for my problem?

Gateway DX4860-UR28
Core i5
8gb Ram
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    8gb

ICit2lol

New Member
Member
Hello sodbrother mate try some of these I find they slash a fair bit of time off the machines boot and performance times.
Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

if you have problems too I suggest you hop over to the 7 forum too - run by the same folks and we are all mostly in the 7 8 & 10 forums you will find :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Own build X 2 Desk X 1 Lap X 2
    CPU
    i5 2500 & i5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA_H67UD3H-B3 & Asus P8Z77-V
    Memory
    8GB (1333) 8GB 2400 set 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GTX 650 X 2
    Sound Card
    Xonar DG X 2
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 24" (SB) Benq 24" (IB)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 X 2 830 X 1
    PSU
    Corsair HX 650 & HX 1050
    Case
    Coolermaster Centurion 2 & HAF XM
    Cooling
    Air (SB) LC (IB)
    Keyboard
    M6980X X 2 (laser)M$ Sidewinder X4 & Sidewinder X6 (IB)
    Mouse
    Gigabyte M6980 X X 2 (laser)
    Internet Speed
    ADSL2
    Browser
    Google
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky ISS
    Other Info
    Two other machines Toshiba L550 Sat i5 CPU running 8GB RAM and Windows 8 Pro 64bit OS.
    Toshiba A200Celeron 4GB Win7 64bit
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