On a computer that was purchased with the OEM version of Windows 8 Pro on it, what are the options for downgrading to Windows 7?
Blog and Forum posts like these have some info but they gloss over the most important part - actually DOING the downgrade:
Both of the above websites seem to suggest that the process for doing a downgrade is to prep your BIOS accordingly, then blow away the existing Windows 8 installation and re-install Windows 7 from scratch.
Is this the only way to go about doing it? Or does Microsoft have any "soft" downgrade option that is a bit more user friendly and will allow them to keep their settings / files / programs automagically?
Second question - when downgrading from Windows 8, what version of Windows 7 are you allowed to downgrade to? Home Premium? Pro? Ultimate?