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Downgrading from Win 7 Entrprise to Professional


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#1 Insp. Bumstead

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:34 AM

Hello everyone,

I have a computer that is to be decommissioned here at the office, which is to say that it will no longer be used for work. The computer is to be given to a local school. The problem now is that it has been running Windows 7 Enterprise, and the license will expire in a few months.

According to this site, http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/downgrade-rights.aspx, Enterprise can be downgraded into Professional. However I can't seem to find a way to do this. Is this a free service, or do I have to purchase the license again?

Customers licensed for use of Windows 7 Enterprise are generally licensed for Windows 7 Professional, which can be downgraded to Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 98, or Windows 95 operating system. You would not, however, be able to downgrade to Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium, or other consumer (Full Packaged Product – FPP) versions of Windows as they are different product editions and not prior versions of Windows 7 Professional.


I have a legitimate Win 7-Ultimate license on my own computer, but I do not have the install CD for it (at the moment).

Edited by Insp. Bumstead, 16 July 2012 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:36 AM

I'm guessing that means you can do an in-place install using a Windows 7 Professional DVD.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:44 AM

I'm guessing that means you can do an in-place install using a Windows 7 Professional DVD.

Ah. We currently don't have a Windows 7 Professional DVD. Would there be a way to obtain an image legally, without paying, as we are technically already "licensed" for it?

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:44 AM

I wouldn't think so, but you can call Microsoft and ask.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:09 AM

[deleted]... found the answer.

Edited by Insp. Bumstead, 16 July 2012 - 09:15 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:13 AM

We have access to an XP Professional SP-3 license (on CD). I could install that and then upgrade to professional, right?

Am I correct in assuming for a minimal install, all I'd have to do is to install the LAN/wireless drivers to access the internet?

I don't understand your question. You want to install XP Professional and upgrade to professional? What does that mean?

Let's start at the beginning.

If you want to install an OS other than one with which you can do an in-place installation / upgrade / downgrade, you will need to format the hard drive and then install the OS. You first need to make sure that drivers are available for whatever OS you choose (not all newer systems are compatible with XP). As for drivers, you'll need the chipset driver first, then display, sound, and NIC (if you use an Ethernet card) at a bare minimum.

Edited by Allan, 16 July 2012 - 09:14 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

I think I may have found a solution which may work:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproinstall/thread/d079f46e-313c-4644-aa6e-8b7cb916b046

There is indeed a sticker on the machine, and I suppose I can use that to re-install Windows.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:31 AM

I'm not sure which of those posts you're pointing me toward. Regardless, if you're happy, I'm happy :)

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:41 AM

I'm not sure which of those posts you're pointing me toward. Regardless, if you're happy, I'm happy :)

It's the first reply, which says that if you have the COA (the sticker on the back of the computer) you can download the ISO and re-install the original OS.




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