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Windows 8 Issue


acohke

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I recently purchased a Windows 8 machine (Lenovo Ideacentre q190). The previous version q180 supported installing XP, but the most recent version does not. Before I go and install Windows 7 I want to make sure of a few things.

I understand from reading that I am entitled to downgrade my Windows 8 installation to Windows 7 but I would be left with Windows 7 Home. I previously have connected all of my machines to the domain (ultimately to limit shared folder access) so I guess my question would be..... If I have Windows 7 Home and share a folder, can I limit access on that folder to only certain users from a domain?

On a side note....If I were to purchase a copy of Windows 7 Professional, would there be any issues just installing it over my current installation of Windows 8?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    xp, 7, and 8
#2
The last option you mentioned, in my opinion, would be the best course of action. I think your right with the limitations of 7 Home vs. 7 Pro with regards to your share/domain folders access question.

Just curious, what do you find about 8 that would make you want to downgrade to 7? Instead of downgrading, you go make your 8 machine work/function like 7 with some Stardock products...eg start8 and Mordernmix. They're only $4.99 each and well worth it...as a bouns of doing this you keep the speed and features of 8 but with a 7 feel. I have them on my desktop and they work great. There are some free versions of start8...one is called classic shell, which I have also used...works as advertised.

Stardock Corporation - Products
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X 4 965 BE
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4
    Memory
    G-Skill 8 GB PC 8500
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD XFX HD Radeon 6790D
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2l Samsung SyncMaster S20B300
    Screen Resolution
    1600 X 900
    Hard Drives
    Seagate Barracuda 320 GB w/OS
    Seagate Barracuda 1 TB data storage
    PSU
    Ultra X4 750 watt fully modular
    Case
    Thermaltake OverSeer RX 1 fulltower
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper212 120mm
    Keyboard
    Logitech G510
    Mouse
    Razor DeathAdder 3.5

theog

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Welcome to EightForums

For Pre-installed Windows 8 core, will need to purchase a copy of Windows 7

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

For Windows 8 Pro
I understand from reading that I am entitled to downgrade my Windows 8 installation to Windows 7
There is a free downgrade path.

Lenovo said:
2.Insert the Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.
3.Press F10 to save the Setup Utility configuration changes. The computer restarts and the recovery program opens. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin the recovery process.

Lenovo Support Express - Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions

Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

acohke

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Welcome to EightForums

For Pre-installed Windows 8 core, will need to purchase a copy of Windows 7

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

For Windows 8 Pro
I understand from reading that I am entitled to downgrade my Windows 8 installation to Windows 7
There is a free downgrade path.

Lenovo said:
2.Insert the Applications and Drivers Recovery Disc into the DVD drive.
3.Press F10 to save the Setup Utility configuration changes. The computer restarts and the recovery program opens. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin the recovery process.

Lenovo Support Express - Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions

Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions
It is Windows 8 Core and not Pro. So I would have to purchase a version of Windows 7 Professional to install?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    xp, 7, and 8

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