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Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

  1. #100


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    Quote Originally Posted by xavamros View Post
    Hello,

    My boss just bought an hp pavilion g7-2200et with win8-x64 and wanted me to downgrade it to win7-x86.

    Thanks in advance, hope you will reply soon
    I will take this as a Company PC, Pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro.
    Call HP/Compaq & order the Windows 7 downrights DVD.


    If not, stay with x64.

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  2. #101


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by xavamros View Post
    Hello,

    My boss just bought an hp pavilion g7-2200et with win8-x64 and wanted me to downgrade it to win7-x86.

    Thanks in advance, hope you will reply soon
    I will take this as a Company PC, Pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro.
    Call HP/Compaq & order the Windows 7 downrights DVD.


    If not, stay with x64.
    Thing is, the windows is not pro so i cannot use the windows downgrade rights dvd. And the boss asks for x86 because the programs he'll use will not work properly on x64. so im kinda ***ed i guess since i have to install an x86 os on this laptop
    Last edited by xavamros; 04 Feb 2013 at 01:43.
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  3. #102


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    I have never heard of any x86 program that wouldn't run on a x64 Windows OS. It will run all programs x86 and x64. Would be surprised if someone with an x64 OS didn't have any x86 programs running.
    It's really not a problem.

    Show him how to get to the desktop in W8, and he won't have to buy a new full version of Windows 7.

    How much RAM does this laptop have?
    A quick search shows it has 4GB, with a x86 OS you will only be able to use about 3.25GB of the RAM.
    If your Boss is sure he wants to go to Windows 7, then I would definitely go with x64, no reason not to.

    If you have an external hard drive I would make an image backup of the original W8 just to be safe, as the HP warranty will require W8 to be installed if he ever needs to get something fixed.
    Use the Free Macruim Reflect for the image backup, it's fast and easy.
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  4. #103


    Posts : 3
    win8


    I am not sure which programs to be exact but they are electronics Project programs some of them are multisim, orcad, mplab and so. i guess the part that wont work would be some simulation errors they'd get while working thats why they said x86 in the first place. Win8 or 7 does not really matter from now on, the most important thing required is laptop to have an x86 operating system. and thanks for your interest.
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  5. #104


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Can you test them on the laptop with a x64 OS to see if they will work?
    There is a bigger chance that propriety programs may not work on a x64 OS, I would test them first if they haven't already.
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  6. #105


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    Windows 8


    I have a new Dell latitude 10 tablet currently installed with Windows 8 Enterprise 32bit. I am considering downgrading to Windows 7. My question is this tablet only supports the 32bit version of 8. Reading through this it seems that only Windows 7 64bit supports the UEFI system. So I am wondering if I can even install the 64bit version of Windows 7 on this. I have a recovery usb stick with a recovery CD so I am covered on this. Question 2 is how does windows 7 work with tablets? Are there any issues that I should be aware of?

    The reason I am looking into this is that with windows 8 my wireless is not working with our companies wireless certs. Also there are a couple of web sites that don't like the IE version with windows 8. I am a support tech here and I am looking at using this tablet to support users deskside. Thanks for your help.
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  7. #106


    Posts : 2
    win8 pre-installed Asus K55A Bios 405 UEFI

    Asus K55A win8 Pre-installed UEFI Bios rev. 405


    I followed all the steps to downgrade. Got my win7 setup to boot from UEFI USB. My win7 has all versions of win 7 both 32 and 64 bit. When I select any of the 64 bit OS under custom install I get the message “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.” No matter what drive/partition I pick the NEXT option is not avalable. I’m almost there yet still stuck with Win 8 pre-installed. Help Please.





    Asus K55A win8 Pre-installed UEFI Bios rev. 405
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  8. #107


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    Quote Originally Posted by youngti View Post
    I have a new Dell latitude 10 tablet currently installed with Windows 8 Enterprise 32bit. I am considering downgrading to Windows 7. My question is this tablet only supports the 32bit version of 8. Reading through this it seems that only Windows 7 64bit supports the UEFI system. So I am wondering if I can even install the 64bit version of Windows 7 on this. I have a recovery usb stick with a recovery CD so I am covered on this. Question 2 is how does windows 7 work with tablets? Are there any issues that I should be aware of?

    The reason I am looking into this is that with windows 8 my wireless is not working with our companies wireless certs. Also there are a couple of web sites that don't like the IE version with windows 8. I am a support tech here and I am looking at using this tablet to support users deskside. Thanks for your help.
    This tutorial is about New PC's with Windows 8 Pre-installed.

    You can reinstall your OS (Win XP, Vista,or Windows 7) using the Dell Recovery.

    For uEFI, Drivers, check your Dell manual & drivers download page.

    How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

    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.
    startup repair disc-create


    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
    Documentation

    Dell - Support
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  9. #108


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    Quote Originally Posted by GHSDAZZ View Post
    I followed all the steps to downgrade. Got my win7 setup to boot from UEFI USB. My win7 has all versions of win 7 both 32 and 64 bit. When I select any of the 64 bit OS under custom install I get the message “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.” No matter what drive/partition I pick the NEXT option is not avalable. I’m almost there yet still stuck with Win 8 pre-installed. Help Please.





    Asus K55A win8 Pre-installed UEFI Bios rev. 405
    Is no legal all version DVD.


    Where do you buy yourWindows 7 Product key & DVD from?
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  10. #109


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    win8 pre-installed Asus K55A Bios 405 UEFI


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GHSDAZZ View Post
    I followed all the steps to downgrade. Got my win7 setup to boot from UEFI USB. My win7 has all versions of win 7 both 32 and 64 bit. When I select any of the 64 bit OS under custom install I get the message “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.” No matter what drive/partition I pick the NEXT option is not avalable. I’m almost there yet still stuck with Win 8 pre-installed. Help Please.





    Asus K55A win8 Pre-installed UEFI Bios rev. 405
    Is no legal all version DVD.


    Where do you buy yourWindows 7 Product key & DVD from?
    I purchased the product key from Microsoft separately from the DVD. I have had the DVD for some time and I have many computers so I could not tell you exactly what vender I purchased the DVD from.

    Do you have any idea why I am unable to install windows7 on the GPT partition style? No matter what drive/partition I pick the “NEXT” option is not available or highlighted to click on.
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