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Can I downgrade to Win7 from Win8...

Posted on 2013-06-11
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...Without having a win7 license, or can I use the win8 license somehow to activate win7?

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by:Seaton007
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You can't usually downgrade an OS.  Your best solution is to save any personal data and then reinstall from scratch.
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No you cannot use Windows 8 License on Windows 7.

Why downgrade?  Use Windows 8 -- as Windows 7 -- in look and feel using "Classic Shell."

The easiest and the best solution -- free of wasted time, hassles, and unanticipated problems arising.
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ONLY Windows 8 Pro qualifies for downgrade rights.
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by:Jonathong
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Win8 can look and act like Win7?

Can it also look and act like WinXP?
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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You can install Classic Shell or Start8 to get a Windows 7-like feel.
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by:Jonathong
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Also, whats your opinion about Win8 vs Win7? I hear Win8 is a flop.
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by:Seaton007
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Windows 7 is more intuitive to use, but Windows 8 is okay once you get used to it.  Everything is just laid out very differently.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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"Also, whats your opinion about Win8 vs Win7? I hear Win8 is a flop."

It is not popular to like it, but it depends on who you are.  I, personally, do not have Start8 or Classic Shell installed, and think Windows 8 is fine and easy enough to understand and use "out of the box".

Under the hood (beyond the UI) though, Windows 8 is not so different and offers several things that Windows 7 does not (Hyper-V and fast booting come to mind).
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by:aadih
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No matter what is popular (and, therefore, agreeable to hear) Windows 8 is better than Windows 7.  Aside from the Metro interface [which is "hated"' so much, even by people who have never used Windows 8  ;-)] Windows 8 is more secure, stable, faster to boot and shutdown, uses less RAM, and works smoothly.  < An opinion only, of course >.
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windows 8 uses the ram better than W7 :   http://www.askvg.com/comparison-between-windows-7-and-windows-8-memory-management-system/

from :  http://usabilitygeek.com/windows-8-vs-windows-7-speed-and-performance-testing/


At the end we concluded that Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 in some aspects such as startup time, shut down time, wake up from sleep, multimedia performance, web browsers performance, transferring large file and Microsoft excel performance but it is slower in 3D graphic performance and high resolution gaming performance. Battery life improved enough to be noticeable. Moreover Windows 8 is significantly more secure than Windows 7 and it is basically designed to take advantage of touch screens while Windows 7 is only for desktops. One last word of advice – if you are running Windows 7 on your current PC, then there is no urgency to upgrade the hardware just to run Windows 8…just yet!

more differences  :  http://digitalunite.com/guides/computer-basics/windows-8/what-are-differences-between-windows-7-and-windows-8

whether you like it or not, is up to you - some like it, some not, but : it will stay
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