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Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

  1. #160


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tearmyhairout, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Luckily you Windows 7 product key can be used on either a 32-bit or 64-bit version. You can download an official 64-bit Windows 7 ISO for that edition at the link below.
    Afterwards, you can use the tutorial below to create a 64-bit Windows 7 installation DVD/USB with the ISO file.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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  2. #161


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Tearmyhairout View Post
    Right at the beginning of the tutorial, it should be stated, in BIG giant flashing neon letters, that you can only use 64 BIT Win 7 with the UEFI.
    Found this tutorial, spent $90 on a Win 7 only to find out halfway through one of the linked tutorials that it has to be x64.
    $#^%*&$&!!!!!!!!
    I'm ready to take this %*&#^%*# brand new computer and smash it to tiny pieces with a sledgehammer!!!!!
    I HATE WINDOWS 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Make sure you have Legacy mode set to install x32, also x32 will only use less than 4gb of ram.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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  3. #162


    Thank you for this post! I am going to try this sometime over the next week. I have an HP 2000-2B43DX with Windows 8 pre-installed. My question is, if during the Windows 7 installation, I run into any issues, can I just use the Windows 8 system recovery disks to put Windows 8 back on? Is there any settings in the BIOS that I would have to change back before the system recovery DVD's will be recognized and allow the install? I've been reading all the posts here to make sure all goes smooth, but sometimes I run into hiccups and I would like to be able to at least go back to Windows 8 and start over if possible. Thanks for any help with this.
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  4. #163


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by pjacobs76 View Post
    Thank you for this post! I am going to try this sometime over the next week. I have an HP 2000-2B43DX with Windows 8 pre-installed. My question is, if during the Windows 7 installation, I run into any issues, can I just use the Windows 8 system recovery disks to put Windows 8 back on? Is there any settings in the BIOS that I would have to change back before the system recovery DVD's will be recognized and allow the install? I've been reading all the posts here to make sure all goes smooth, but sometimes I run into hiccups and I would like to be able to at least go back to Windows 8 and start over if possible. Thanks for any help with this.
    1) Reset back to Opimized defaults.

    Screenshot is not from a HP.

    Click image for larger version

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03502680.pdf
    2)
    Quote Originally Posted by HP
    Using HP Recovery media to recover
    You can use HP Recovery media to recover the original system. This method can be used if your
    system does not have an HP Recovery partition or if the hard drive is not working properly.
    1. If possible, back up all personal files.
    2. Insert the first HP Recovery disc you created into the optical drive on your computer or into an
    optional external optical drive, and then restart the computer.
    – or –
    Insert the HP Recovery USB flash drive you created into a USB port on your computer, and then
    restart the computer.
    NOTE: If the computer does not automatically restart in HP Recovery Manager, change the
    computer boot order. See Changing the computer boot order on page 75.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    3) Reset Secure Boot to ENABLED.

    P.S. HP Secure Boot Info:

    Secure Boot (Windows 8) | HP® Support
    Screenshots in the above link.

    DESKTOP

    Quote Originally Posted by HP
    Disabling Secure Boot

    You may want to disable Secure Boot in order to install new hardware or boot from a CD or DVD. Follow these steps to disable Secure Boot:

    1) Turn off the computer.

    2) Turn on the computer and immediately press the F10 key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Computer Setup Utility opens.

    3) Use the left and right arrow keys to select the Security menu, then use the up and down arrow keys to select Secure Boot Configuration , and then press Enter .

    4) The Secure Boot Configuration warning displays. Press F10 to continue.

    5) Use the up and down arrow keys to select Secure Boot , then use the left and right arrow keys to change the setting to Disable .

    6) Use the up and down arrow keys to select Legacy Support , then use the left and right arrow keys to change the setting to Enable .

    7) Press F10 to accept the changes.

    8) Press F10 again, then press Enter twice to restart the computer.

    9) As soon as the computer starts, a message appears indicating that the boot mode has changed.

    10) Type the four-digit code shown in the message, then press Enter to confirm the change.

    NOTEBOOK.


    Quote Originally Posted by HP
    You may want to disable Secure Boot in order to install new hardware or boot from a CD or DVD. Follow these steps to disable Secure Boot:

    1) Turn off the computer.

    2) Immediately press the Escape key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Startup Menu opens.

    3) Use the right arrow key to choose the System Configuration menu, use the down arrow key to select Boot Options , then press Enter .

    4) Use the down arrow key to select Secure Boot , press the Enter key, then use the down arrow key to modify the setting to Disabled .

    5) Press Enter to save the change.

    6) Use the left arrow key to select the File menu, use the down arrow key to select Save Changes and Exit , then press Enter to select Yes .

    7) The Computer Setup Utility closes and the computer restarts. When the computer has restarted, the Operating System Boot Mode Change screen appears, prompting you to confirm the Boot Options change. Type the code shown on the screen, then press Enter to confirm the change and continue to Windows.
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  5. #164


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    1) Reset back to Opimized defaults.

    Screenshot is not from a HP.

    Click image for larger version
    Thank you for the quick reply. Hopefully all goes well and I won't need to do this. I'll post how things went once I finish the upgrade.
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  6. #165


    One more question....can I do a normal install on a MBR disk with "legacy BIOS" instead of with UEFI? I don't want to have to create a UEFI USB. Would rather just turn legacy on and do a normal install. If I did it this way, would I be able to go back to Windows 8 by restoring BIOS to Optimized default if I need to?
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  7. #166


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    Yes, would be similar to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7

    However changing to an MBR disk is a destructive process so your Recovery partition would be wiped out.

    So make your Recovery Disks or save a backup image of your current setup in case you ever decide to go back to UEFI, by disabling Legacy BIOS and reconverting to a GPT disk.
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  8. #167


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7

    Oh Man I think I screwed something up.....


    I recently purchased a Dell with Windows 8 Pre-installed. I also purchased Windows 7 OEM System Builder. During the install of Windows 7 I screwed up on the partitioning of the drive (500GB) and only left 7 GB to handle the OS. The Windows 7 install was a success and it booted up, ran, etc.. It's no surprise that at this point I was getting the "Drive Low on memory" bubble. I now (obviously) needed to resize that volume to make it larger. I did delete all partitions during the install. Disk Management would not let me extend the OS Volume even with an unallocated space to the right of it. I ended up burning a copy of PW 7 and booted it from the DVD drive. I went in and changed the size of the OS Volume to 100GB. I then went into BIOS and changed the Boot order to HDD (leaving it in legacy mode). Upon re-boot I got nothing but a blinking dash in the upper left corner of the screen. I checked my OS Volume and all my Windows 7 files are there. The only recovery disc I have is the Windows 8 disc that came with the machine. Currently, I am at a loss. I sure would appreciate any direction. I tried to give as much info and be brief at the same time. I'm happy to supply more info, just didn't want to "lay it all out there" up front and quite frankly am not sure what other info would be valuable to include in my initial post, so didn't err on the side of flooding the thread with too much. Thanks for any questions, help or suggestions.

    Jeff
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  9. #168


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc
    I recently purchased a Dell with Windows 8 Pre-installed. I also purchased Windows 7 OEM System Builder.
    1) Windows 7 DVD to reinstall.

    The only recovery disc I have is the Windows 8 disc that came with the machine.
    2) Windows 8 DVD to reinstall.

    At the stage you are at, I would do a reinstall.

    How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums
    or
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    I then went into BIOS and changed the Boot order to HDD
    Windows Boot Manager should always be first boot device in BIOS.

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  10. #169


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    Unfortunately I purchased Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit. What are my options minus having to purchase the 64 bit version? Oddly enough when I installed WIN7 over WIN8, it worked fine, booted up, etc.. the only issue seemed to be the small partition size. Will the WIN8 Recovery Disc do me any good? and then try the WIN7 install again, making sure to partition it correctly?
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