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downgrading from win8 to win7


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 11:48 AM

Asus X502 laptop came with win8 but having some problems so I am trying to load win7 but it's not accepting the win7 disks, if I change the HDD would this load win 7?

 

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:03 PM

You can't install a earlier version of Windows over a newer version.  You would have to wipe the hdd before installing an earlier version.

 

You can find a good tutorial for installing Windows 7 at Windows Seven Forums.

 

You will need a program like Darik's Boot and Nuke to overwrite the hdd.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:08 PM

Well, if I change the HDD then shouldn't that work?



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:17 PM

Well, if I change the HDD then shouldn't that work?

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As dc3 has said either wipe the drive or as You asked a new hard drive would be the same as wiping your old drive.

It should work and it will leave You with a working Windows 8, Which is actually a nice operating System. I just added Classic Shell to it and it looks and works like Windows 7 with some improvements.

 

I would prefer the new drive method just in case You have functionality or driver issues with the older Windows. I use Windows 8 all the time and with classic shell I see no reason to downgrade to Windows 7. In Fact 95% of my computer use is on the Windows 8 system.

 

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:22 PM

I also think you should stay with 8 and add in a 3rd party app that makes it look and function like 7, but that aside, please explain what you mean when you say that it won't "accept the win 7 discs".

Do you mean that you're unable to boot from them?

If so, it's just a matter of a few settings in the BIOS.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:27 PM

This laptop does not come with with a dvd drive, I tired loading the win7 disk from external USB via the Reset Your PC option and it shows "The media you inserted is not valid. Try again. In the BIOS the only boot option I am seeing is the HDD



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:35 PM

That definitely will not work, as the computer will only accept a USB drive that was made on the Windows 8 machine, as a recovery drive.

You would have to go to PC Settings, and go into your recovery options to get into the BIOS (they call it UEFI) and from there, disable the secure boot, fast boot too if there is one, and if there is an option for Legacy, check mark it too, then change the boot order to boot up from your USB drive and it will work.

Bear in mind that you'll be getting into uncharted waters and you might run into some problems with drivers in 7, if the machine was designed for Windows 8.

I'll mention it one last time, that you'd be better off to stay in 8, or refresh the system in 8, add in an app like Start Menu 8 or classic shell to get the start button and menu back, and then you'll be in business.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 12:38 PM

If you have Secure Boot enabled in the BIOS you will need to set it to the Legacy setting.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:04 PM

Problem will be in order to stay with with win8 I would need to know exactly which version of win 8 was on there or can load any version of a retail win8?



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:14 PM

All you need to do is to go into your recovery and do a fresh OEM install (save your data first) and whichever system it came with, will be what gets installed.

If it turns out to be 8, when your finished, you'll need to go to the app store to get 8.1.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:40 PM

doesn't 8.1 have different versions? If yes, then will any of them work or will I need to know the exact version which was installed on this unit?



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:47 PM

In Windows 8, which is what came installed on this computer, the installation partitions will have the proper version.  If you use a installation disc to install Windows 8 the product key will determine which version is recognized.  The Windows 8 installation disc has all of the versions (Home premium, Pro., etc.), the product key will determine which version will be installed.  The only difference is whether it is a 43-bit or a 64-bit version, it must be the same as what you have installed.

 

Using the recovery partition to reinstall the operating system is the best way to go.  You will get the version you need and will not need to download all the drivers.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:53 PM

I tried the recovery, did not work. So would this software here have all the version mentioned?

 

http://softwaresupplysource.com/windows8pro_012.php



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 02:10 PM

You can download a ISO image of Windows 8 Pro, 32-bit or 64-bit, here.

 

You can use one of the methods to burn the ISO image to a DVD to create a bootable installation disc.

 

Notice:  This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.
 
1.  Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.
 
2.  After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.
 
3.  When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane.  Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it.  Click on Burn Disk Image.
 
4.  In the image below you will see Disk burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use.  Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn.  Click on burn.
 
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5.  In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.
 
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6.  After the image has completed being burned click on Close
 
 

Burning a ISO file to a CD or DVD with ImgBurn
 
To burn a ISO file to a CD or DVD with a computer with Windows Vista or earlier, please downlaod ImgBurn and install it.
 
Insert blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive.
 
Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 
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Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 
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Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable CD.
 
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Edited by dc3, 26 September 2014 - 02:10 PM.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 02:23 PM

Thanks but will that windows 8 pro download have all 32 and 64 bit versions?






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