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Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

  1. #180


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyDoc View Post
    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?
    If Using a USB Pendrive on a PC with a uEFI BIOS.
    USB Pendrive need to be formated to FAT32 as in
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
    Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.

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  2. #181


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    Thanks Theog,

    So Sorry. I'm afraid I am getting confused.

    • I have in my possession a 16GB Flash Drive.
    • I also have WIN7Pro 32-Bit OEM System Builder on a DVD that I want to load on to this machine.
    • The Machine I spoke of yesterday is back to Windows 8.
    • Yesterday I downloaded the iso file Shawn recommended onto the 16GB flashdrive/pendrive. I did not format it to FAT32 beforehand.


    Are you saying I need to format this flashdrive/pendrive to FAT32 making sure to follow the UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows instructions and then download the iso file onto the flashdrive/pendrive?

    What is the iso file I am downloading? a Full 64 Bit version of WIN7 PRo? ( i cant imagine since it is 3.1GB) or a file that will somehow let me change my current 32 Bit version to 64 Bit?

    If it is a support file, when do I use it in the process of loading the WIN7 PRO disk? Before? During? After?

    I'm not sure what I am supposed to be loading onto the machine now, and in what order with all the downloadable instructions. I am ready to follow your lead.

    Jeff
    Last edited by HealeyDoc; 31 May 2013 at 12:33. Reason: removing proprietary MS Info
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  3. #182


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Hi HealeyDoc

    If the USB Pen Drive is NOT formatted to FAT32 for Windows 7/8 x64, the USB drive will not boot in UEFI mode.

    Can you remove the Diirect ISO link from your post, as MS do not like us posting Direct links.
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  4. #183


    Posts : 10
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Hi HealeyDoc

    If the USB Pen Drive is NOT formatted to FAT32 for Windows 7/8 x64, the USB drive will not boot in UEFI mode.

    Can you remove the Diirect ISO link from your post, as MS do not like us posting Direct links.
    Will do....Done!

    So it looks like this ISO file is the 64 Bit version and I just use my Product Key from the 32 Bit version I purchased, to activate.

    I'll go ahead and re-format that USB Drive and load the ISO file on it.... Thanks Theog
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  5. #184


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Not booting from DVD


    Hi,
    I have tried all the given steps. After loading the default settings and disabling the Secure boot, my laptop not allowing me to boot from DVD. I have also set the boot priority to DVD first, still it's not allowing me. Please suggest. My laptop is Lenovo G580 which came up with Windows 8 OS. I bought this laptop in UK.

    Please help me in installing the Windows 7 OS.
    Thank you,
    Dileep.
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Jun 2013 at 14:40. Reason: removed quote of entire tutorial
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  6. #185


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by dileep83 View Post
    Hi,
    I have tried all the given steps. After loading the default settings and disabling the Secure boot, my laptop not allowing me to boot from DVD. I have also set the boot priority to DVD first, still it's not allowing me. Please suggest. My laptop is Lenovo G580 which came up with Windows 8 OS. I bought this laptop in UK.

    Please help me in installing the Windows 7 OS.
    Thank you,
    Dileep.
    Welcome to EightForums.

    1) Windows Boot Manager, should always be first boot device.

    2) Set CSM to UEFI (or UEFI & Legacy)

    3) Boot the Windows 7 x64 DVD in UEFI mode.
    Click image for larger version
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  7. #186


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 / Windows 8


    Thanks for this. If I can just screw up my courage to the sticking point it will be very helpful. (I have no restore disk from Lenovo so turning back will not be easy!)

    Once I complete the steps above I will have only Windows generic drivers. Right? But maybe one of the related tutorials will help me with that. And if not I can probably fumble through it on my own. BUT ... what about device specific Control Panel dialogs? If I have, for example, the manufacturer's drivers for the trackpad, will that also supply the Control Panel dialogs which support pointing device options?

    Thanks, Bob
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  8. #187


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


    Quote Originally Posted by bob12603 View Post
    Thanks for this. If I can just screw up my courage to the sticking point it will be very helpful. (I have no restore disk from Lenovo so turning back will not be easy!)

    Once I complete the steps above I will have only Windows generic drivers. Right? But maybe one of the related tutorials will help me with that. And if not I can probably fumble through it on my own. BUT ... what about device specific Control Panel dialogs? If I have, for example, the manufacturer's drivers for the trackpad, will that also supply the Control Panel dialogs which support pointing device options?

    Thanks, Bob
    1) From the manual for Lenovo G480.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenovo
    When the hard disk drive or solid state drive is replaced because of a failure, no
    product recovery program is on the new drive. In this case, you must use the
    Recovery Disc Set for the computer. Order the Recovery Disc Set and the drive at
    the same time so that you can recover the new drive with the pre-installed
    software when they arrive.
    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
    Click on Parts & Accessories.

    2) Check the Lenovo web site for Windows 7 drivers.
    lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon
    Drivers and software - ThinkPad X1 Carbon
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  9. #188


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 / Windows 8


    Hi theog,

    Thanks for your reply. I knew that I could order, for a FEE, recovery disks. I should have said "turning back will not be cheap!"

    And I knew that I could get Windows 7 drivers. But the question is ... do drivers provide the Control Panel dialogs which allow specification of settings for manufacturer specific hardware attributes?

    Thanks, Bob
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  10. #189


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    I'm trying to downgrade an HP H8-1414PC and I'm having a hell of a time. When I boot from the Windows 7 Ultimate 64 SP1 DVD, I get as far as selecting language and then select start installation.

    After I select to start instalation, I get the following message almost immediately:

    "A required CD/DVD device driver is missing...."

    I'm installing from a DVD, so it's able communicate with the drive and read the DVD.

    I tried my Win7Ult32 DVD and I have downloaded another copy from msft.digitalrivercontent.net, same results.

    The DVD drive is an HP "Super Multi DVD Rewriter", model GH82N (A2HH).

    Does anyone have any clues as to what's tripping me up here?

    Thanks,

    Chris

    Edit: My old Windows 7 64 retail (2009) give the same results.
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