I hope I'm putting this in the right spot.
Okay, after warring with this hack for almost two weeks, I'm reformatting everything. One of the problems that hit me was my brand new laptop getting infected within 15 minutes of pulling it out of the box. (See this post http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/529558/im-afraid-to-take-it-out-of-the-box/#entry3331013 and then this one http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/529555/got-hit-with-a-hack-four-computers-to-fix/#entry3330993 for the backstory on this.)
Anyway, I've got to reformat my brand new Windows 8 laptop. Now I started doing this but the company didn't send me anything but backups to the drivers, so I had to go out and get the Windows 8 disks. Since I had to shell out the cash anyway, I went ahead and got the 8.1 full install. But these disks have limited formatting abilities and I'm afraid a straggler of the java script will get through. Now I was reading the post about the end of support for XP and saw how Windows 7 has full formatting - and that's true. My old laptop is Win 7 Home, 64bit and I have the full backup from it. In fact, I reformatted my old laptop last week and thought I had this hack licked but it came right back. (But I think I know why - it hit my new laptop when I downloaded Chrome and logged into my Google account. I think it's a setting that's corrupted in Chrome. So, no Chrome for the new laptop until I get that figured.)
Anyway, I was wondering, since these full 8.1 disks are designed to upgrade Win 7, can I downgrade my new laptop to 7, then promptly upgrade it to 8.1? Both are 64bit. My only concern is the 7 disks are HP and my new laptop is MSI, but I don't have to be on the internet or register anything with HP, and it will only be a few minutes before I slap the new 8,1 disks in. But this would allow me to get a correct format on the new PC in the spots Windows 8 won't let me touch.
Think it will work or am I just asking for trouble?