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I had a computer crash in the office yesterday, and quickly bought a replacement.  The new machine comes out of the box with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.

I fired it up and tried to install the proprietary reservations software we use (this is a travel agency).  It won't install.

I called the company, Amadeus, to see what is the problem, and it appears that the software won't work with Windows 8.1 or IE 11.  Absolutely must be 8.0 and IE 9 or 10.

Can anybody tell me what I have to do to get this computer back to those earlier versions?  This is a mission-critical computer, so I consider this request very urgent.  I'll be watching to replies!
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Question by:Charlie Weston
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As long as it isn't the basic Windows 8.1, but rather the Pro or Ultimate version, you have downgrade rights. I'm not sure though whether you can downgrade to Windows 8.0, but you can go to Windows 7 (which is what I'd prefer anyway).

You will need a Windows 7 Pro Installation DVD and the accompanying key (but it doesn't need to be yours, you can borrow it from someone), then just install Windows 7. Once that is done, you would call m$ to activate the product, for that you will need the Windows 8.1 product key, (you can extract using utilities), and they will provide you with the correct Windows 7 key. The Link below explains the procedure:

http://heresjaken.com/how-to-downgrade-windows-8-1-pro-oem-to-windows-7-pro/

If you only have the basic Windows 8.1, you will have to buy a retail copy of the OS you want to install and just install that.
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by:AdrienneSperber
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You can only run IE11 in windows 8.1
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by:Santosh Gupta
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right click on software setup and select compatibility troubleshooter and install it and set comtiblity for that site .......
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by:Charlie Weston
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Looks like I only have the "plain-old" 8.1, which seems to mean there is no hope to install a copy of Win 7.

I have a Windows 7 disk that came with the refurbished machine that crashed yesterday, complete with its activation code.  However disk say it is only for a refurbished PC.  Do you suppose I could use that, or would it be ae of time to install.  If I completely reformat the disk before beginning, would that help?
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by:Charlie Weston
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Compatibility fix might work, but my supplier refuses to do anything with 8.1.

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It depends on where you live. OEM licenses generally are only for the original PC where that license first was activated on. In some European countries though you are allowed to transfer OEM OS's to another PC. But certainly not in the America's.

You could try returning the PC to the vendor and replace it with one that includes an OS you can use.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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That is a system builder copy (OEM).  Since it was previously activated the license is bound to that older machine.
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by:Charlie Weston
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The OEM version that came on the new machine hasn't been activated yet, at least not by me.

Does this help?
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by:rindi
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No. Those versions are pre-activated and don't need additional activation.
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If you have an unused Wndows 7 license, you can simply install Windows 7 on the new computer.

There ARE  a few "gotchas" that you have to work around ...

=> First, you need to disable Secure Boot in the BIOS.    This will, by the way, kill the ability to boot Windows 8.

=>  Now install Windows 7 ... but choose Custom install and delete all current partitions on the disk before starting.    Then just let it install.

=>  Finally, there will likely be a few "unknowns" in Device Manager after the install completes.    If you have network connectivity, do all the Windows updates (both critical and optional) and it MAY find the appropriate drivers via Windows Update.   If you don't have network connectivity, you'll first have to find the appropriate Ethernet driver, then you can do this.    It's NOT hard ... but can be a bit disconcerting if you've not done this before.    Just post here once you get to this stage and we can help you find the drivers you need.
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If you do keep the PC and install another OS on it, make sure you have made recovery media or an image based backup first, so that you can bring it back to the factory setup if needed. Chances are that your software will eventually be updated to run on Windows 8.1...

A further option would be, should you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7, to install it as a VM using Oracle's VirtualBox. You could then run your IE 10 from within that VM until the software has been adapted to run on IE 11.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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You've tried using the compatibility settings both for the application and for internet explorer ?
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After all that, I was able to return the new PC and get a new motherboard for the crashed Windows 7 computer.

No more problem.
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by:Charlie Weston
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I finally finessed the issue by replacing the defective motherboard on the old, crashed computer, thereby preserving all old files and software compatibility.

Thanks to all for your suggestions!

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