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How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

I've spent hours upon hours searching all over Google for ways to downgrade and all I can find are either articles that HP changed it's downgrade rights or tutorials that make absolutely no sense to me that just branch off into so many tutorials I get confused and lost and flustered. 

I just don't like some of the changes made in Windows 8 and some of the games/programs I use aren't usable anymore. I got a Dell computer pre-installed with Windows 8 last week and I know that Microsoft released rights to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro and/or Windows Vista.

I just don't know how...

Someone please help me? >_<

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

Hi,

Thanks for contacting the community.

The version of Windows that you had on your PC before you upgraded won’t be there anymore. To get it back, you'll need to reinstall the previous version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC. Typically, this is on a DVD.

For further help you can refer to the below mentioned link:

 http://bit.ly/PSGwvj

Please reply if you have any further questions.

Thanks & Regards
Prateek K
#iworkfordell

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

My computer didn't have a previous version of WIndows on it. I bought it less than 2 weeks ago and it came pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro.

I also never got a recovery CD/DVD. Just a drivers/utilities CD.

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

Please let me know the model number of the system which you are using.

Please reply if you have any further questions.

Thanks & Regards
Prateek K
#iworkfordell

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

Inspiron 17R 5720

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

I would like to inform you that you can install all the versions of windows 7 on this system, in order to install windows 7 on this system you have to purchase the disk separately.

Please reply if you have any further questions.

Thanks & Regards
Prateek K
#iworkfordell

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

My point is, I'm supposed to be able to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro or Windows Vista for free without buying anything. I just don't know how. -_-

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

You can get Windows 8 disc for free of cost, because it was shipped along with the system. If you want to install windows 7 or windows vista you have to buy it separately.

Please reply if you have any further questions.

Thanks & Regards
Prateek K
#iworkfordell

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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

I didn't get a Windows 8 disc sent to me. =/

www.microsoft.com/.../downgrade_rights.aspx

^Page says I am allowed to downgrade if I purchased a PC that came pre-installed with windows 8

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Philip_Yip
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Re: How can I downgrade to Windows 7?

I have been wondering about this, customers with Windows 8 preinstalled don't get a Windows 8 Recovery DVD with their system.

German and UK customers have to phone technical support to ask for one and some got charged $60 for the DVD (which is way more than Microsoft charge for a WIndows 8 Upgrade License and a DVD), US customers have an online form and weren't charged.

The steps from Dell are even more vague with respect to downgrade rights. Its even harder to get Windows 8 professional and request downgrade rights. I have Dell to make an online form with fair/fixed pricing.

See my poll here and IdeaStorm idea:

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/4677/t/19476992.aspx

http://www.ideastorm.com/idea2ReadIdea?Id=087700000008lKJAAY&v=1353335269630 

Promote both so Dell will actually do something about it. Thanks Smiley Happy

 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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