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Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

  1. #170


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    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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    I had no choice but to change the boot order from HDD to the DVD Drive in order to load up the Bootable Partition Wizard disc prior to BIOS loading. I was merely saying that I changed it back to HDD upon completion of re-partitioning and in preparation for an system re-boot.

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  2. #171


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    One additional piece of info...I actually have a newly purchased, unopened WIN7 Home 64-Bit to be used when my new DIY Barebones computer arrives. I could use it for this situation, but wouldn't that make it unusable due to it's lock down feature when I want to install it on my soon to be arriving machine? This current machine I am having the issue with is a "work related" machine here at my office. The soon to be arriving machine is for home use.
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  3. #172


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jeff, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since this is a Windows 7 OEM System Builder copy, it is permanently tied to the motherboard that it was first activated on and cannot be activated on any other motherboard.

    However, if you explain your situation to the Microsoft activation person that you upgraded your system, they may activate by phone for you.

    Personally, I would wait until you have your new system, and install and activate the OEM Windows 7 then to be safe.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #173


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks for that info. I've only loaded WIN7 Pro 32 Bit OEM System Builder on Machine A over the top of WIN8 and am having issues with it. Machine B has not arrived and I have WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM System Builder for that one. Machine B is a DIY without anything pre-installed.

    Because I am dealing with this issue on Machine A, my question was weather or not to open the WIN7 Home 64 Bit and use it on Machine A since it is 64 Bit and I have heard that 32 Bit won't work and see if I'd be able to use it again when Machine B arrives.

    I have gone ahead and put the WIN8 Recovery disc into Machine A to see if I can get it back to default. However I would like to eventually replace it with WIN7.
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  5. #174


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


    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc View Post
    One additional piece of info...I actually have a newly purchased, unopened WIN7 Home 64-Bit to be used when my new DIY Barebones computer arrives. I could use it for this situation, but wouldn't that make it unusable due to it's lock down feature when I want to install it on my soon to be arriving machine? This current machine I am having the issue with is a "work related" machine here at my office. The soon to be arriving machine is for home use.
    As the Dell is "work related", I take it that the Pc come Pre-install with Windows 8 Pro.
    Therefore you can use your Downrights DVD to install Windows 7.
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  6. #175


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc View Post
    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks for that info. I've only loaded WIN7 Pro 32 Bit OEM System Builder on Machine A over the top of WIN8 and am having issues with it. Machine B has not arrived and I have WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM System Builder for that one. Machine B is a DIY without anything pre-installed.

    Because I am dealing with this issue on Machine A, my question was weather or not to open the WIN7 Home 64 Bit and use it on Machine A since it is 64 Bit and I have heard that 32 Bit won't work and see if I'd be able to use it again when Machine B arrives.

    I have gone ahead and put the WIN8 Recovery disc into Machine A to see if I can get it back to default. However I would like to eventually replace it with WIN7.
    Since WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM is not a Pro copy, you wouldn't be able to use the Pro key number with it. I would not recommend to use your WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM on any computer other than the one you plan on keeping it on since it will be permanently tied to it.

    If you like, you could get an official 64-bit Windows 7 Pro ISO at the link below, and use it to install and activate with your Pro key number.
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  7. #176


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    It came with Win8 Standard. Had it come with Pro, I would have used that option The issue with WIN8 is that we cannot use our Contact Management Software on this machine since it is 32 Bit Software and we didn't want to use the Hyper V option. In all, we hated WIN8 and decided to go with WIN7. I was not aware when I ordered WIN7 that it needed to be the 64 Bit version, so I ordered 32 Bit since it would be compatible with our software issue and we would have avoided having to use XP Mode.
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  8. #177


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc View Post
    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks for that info. I've only loaded WIN7 Pro 32 Bit OEM System Builder on Machine A over the top of WIN8 and am having issues with it. Machine B has not arrived and I have WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM System Builder for that one. Machine B is a DIY without anything pre-installed.

    Because I am dealing with this issue on Machine A, my question was weather or not to open the WIN7 Home 64 Bit and use it on Machine A since it is 64 Bit and I have heard that 32 Bit won't work and see if I'd be able to use it again when Machine B arrives.

    I have gone ahead and put the WIN8 Recovery disc into Machine A to see if I can get it back to default. However I would like to eventually replace it with WIN7.
    Since WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM is not a Pro copy, you wouldn't be able to use the Pro key number with it. I would not recommend to use your WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM on any computer other than the one you plan on keeping it on since it will be permanently tied to it.

    If you like, you could get an official 64-bit Windows 7 Pro ISO at the link below, and use it to install and activate with your Pro key number.
    Thanks Shawn,

    Which iso should I download? I've looked at the site, but am not sure which one is correct for the OEM System Builder...or does it matter? I see several Windows 7 Pro options....SP1, N, N - RTM, etc.. Not sure which one to use.....sorry for my ignorance, but I sure appreciate yours and Theog's replies. They are helping me to think through this in a more linear way even though what I may be putting out there appears scattered.
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  9. #178


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


    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc View Post
    Hi Shawn,

    Thanks for that info. I've only loaded WIN7 Pro 32 Bit OEM System Builder on Machine A over the top of WIN8 and am having issues with it. Machine B has not arrived and I have WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM System Builder for that one. Machine B is a DIY without anything pre-installed.

    Because I am dealing with this issue on Machine A, my question was weather or not to open the WIN7 Home 64 Bit and use it on Machine A since it is 64 Bit and I have heard that 32 Bit won't work and see if I'd be able to use it again when Machine B arrives.

    I have gone ahead and put the WIN8 Recovery disc into Machine A to see if I can get it back to default. However I would like to eventually replace it with WIN7.
    Since WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM is not a Pro copy, you wouldn't be able to use the Pro key number with it. I would not recommend to use your WIN7 Home 64 Bit OEM on any computer other than the one you plan on keeping it on since it will be permanently tied to it.

    If you like, you could get an official 64-bit Windows 7 Pro ISO at the link below, and use it to install and activate with your Pro key number.
    Thanks Shawn,

    Which iso should I download? I've looked at the site, but am not sure which one is correct for the OEM System Builder...or does it matter? I see several Windows 7 Pro options....SP1, N, N - RTM, etc.. Not sure which one to use.....sorry for my ignorance, but I sure appreciate yours and Theog's replies. They are helping me to think through this in a more linear way even though what I may be putting out there appears scattered.

    Windows 7 x64 Pro is X17-59183.iso.
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  10. #179


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    Thanks Shawn,

    iso file is downloaded. All I had was a Flash Drive. I hope that'll work. Ran Windows 8 Recovery disk and the machine is pretty much ready for me to go at it again. Not sure what to do with the iso file or when I will use it. Any encouraging words? Should I go to the links Theog provided me or back to the original instructions on downgrading WIN8 to WIN7?
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