Windows 8 Downgrade to Windows 7 Professional

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Say,

We have a Windows 8 operated machine, however I wish to downgrade to Windows 7 professional. Can you please provide the simplest & cheapest method OR set of basic instructions on how we can achieve this.

TX
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Unless it was offered by the company that you purchased the PC from (which they would usually include the disks to install either OS).  You would have to purchase an OEM copy of windows 7 from a vendor and reinstall the operating system clean.

Might want to check with the manufacturer to see if the system has windows 7 drivers available which can be found on the site by typing in the model number / serial number of the machine.
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aadihCommented:
The following is not a direct answer to your question, but an alternative recommendation nevertheless.

Please consider using Windows 8. Because it's tad more secure, has shorter boot up and shutdown times, uses less RAM, and performs generally better.

If the Metro Interface is bothersome, please consider using a program such as "Classic Shell" (or equivalent) to boot up directly to the desktop and use Classic, Windows XP, or Windows 7 like Start Menu interface.

Again, it's only one person's opinion albeit based on experience.
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msifoxCommented:
If your Windows 8 includes a downgrade right (home edition doesn't), and if you have a Windows 7 DVD somewhere, then just install that. If the license number of the Win7 DVD doesn't work with automatic internet registration, do the phone registration. If you get to talk to a person, say that you are downgrading from 8 and provide the license number of v8, then they will give you a new number for v7. Make sure to keep that v8 license within reach and don't use it anywhere else.
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
Say. this is the PC:
Acer E1-531- 10002G50Mnks Cel 1000 15.6''Win 8SL
Does it support Win7?

What is Win8SL pls?
Does it include Win7 Downgrade rights?

These are supplier codes:

NX.M12EA.052 and additional specs:
Windows 8 SL 64bit 1 0
9 NON-STOCK 3 x USB 2.0 / VGA/ RJ-45/ H-Phone/Ext Mic/ DC-In/H 1 0
8 NON-STOCK Wireless LAN 802.11bgn / 6 cell 2.2 battery 1 0
7 NON-STOCK 1x500GB SATA HDD / DVD/RW Multi Double Layer Driv 1 0
6 NON-STOCK 2GB DDR3 1333Hz (max 8GB) 1 0
5 NON-STOCK Intel Celeron 1005M 1 0
4 NON-STOCK
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aadihCommented:
< What is Win8SL pls? >:

SL stands for Single Language.

In the SL version, installing other language packs is not allowed. Otherwise, it's the same as other versions.
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
Tx - any able to assist with my 2nd question pls?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
"Does it [Acer E1-531] support Win7?"

Yes:
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers

"Does it include Win7 Downgrade rights?"

No.  If it says only Windows 8, then you do NOT have Pro.  Without Windows 8 Pro, you will need to purchase a Windows 7 media and license to install on your computer.
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
tx. Does it perhaps support Windows XP ? Its  a lot cheaper to purchase a license.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
No ... Windows 7 and 8, x86 and x64.  That doesn't mean it won't work to install XP, but it may not (not all current hardware is compatible with XP) ... but with it quickly approaching end-of-life, you shouldn't want to install XP anyway.

Why are you wanting to downgrade?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I would go windows 7.  XP was great and it had a long run but it needs to be retired.  Windows 7 was the best replacement everyone has been waiting for since xp and the vista hammer.
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
It only needs to run a simple business application and this is Win7Pro or xp compatible.

What if upgraded the Win 8 to win8Pro online on the laptop. Can one then format and install win7pro with the license code as should work out much cheaper...
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
No, you would have to have a windows 7 license key.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Downgrade Rights apply only to OEM versions.

What kind of problems are you running into with the application on Windows 8?  VERY few programs that work on Windows 7 won't work on Windows 8.
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aadihCommented:
PowerEdgeTech is asking an important question.  Why downgrade?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
If you are having trouble and basically get scared because of other people that insist on windows 8 being a bomb (some people talk bad about things they havn't seen or used but heard in through the grape vine).  Windows 8 is a little shakey at 1st, its a learning curve I will give it that but something that will ease your mind is if you download and install the classic start menu.  This puts your start menu back and has made 100% of my users on windows 8 alot more comfortable.

Classic Start Menu: http://www.classicshell.net/
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