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i want to Roll Back from Win10 to Win7


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#1 broonster

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Posted 21 November 2015 - 08:12 PM

i just bought a 2nd hand HP 8200 series pc.
they originally shipped them win7 pro license.
the guy i bought it from upgraded it to win10 pro (activated).
 
there is a few reasons i want to go back.
anyway i noticed that win10 had this option to Roll Back from Win10 to Win7.
i'm not sure how he updated it, because there is no
back up image anywhere on the hard drive.(the win 10 app explained)
i tried some 3rd party software, same result.
 
so if i cant do it without a clean install of a win 7 image,
my question is then ,can i somehow extract the license/activation/serial
from the harddrive & then activate a win7 image i downloaded from the net?
 


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 21 November 2015 - 08:36 PM

Unfortunately, on a computer upgraded to Windows 10 you only have 30 days to revert. If the computer is an OEM then you cannot legally download an iso from the web. If you do find one then you would need to activate via phone. HP does provide Recovery Disks at a nominal cost. You would need to contact HP.

 

If the Recovery Partition is intact, you may be able to revert to a WIndows 7 factory state by tapping a key during boot to bring up the Recovery Wizard. When you open Disk Management do you see a Recovery Partition approx 15GB in size. Edit: I noticed you posted you could not see a recovery image. Nothing in Disk Management? For HP tap F11 at boot. This will bring up the Recovery Manager. Any personal data currently on the computer needs to be backed up first.

 

Edit: Unfortunately, your key is gone but you should be able to use the key on the COA sticker but as I said, there is no legal place to download a Windows 7 iso file if it OEM.


Edited by JohnC_21, 21 November 2015 - 08:40 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2015 - 08:10 AM

click on start menu > update and security > recovery

 

then click on "go back to windows X"

 

X being your previous version,

 

although as John said, this option is only available for a limited time, hopefully you are not past it



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Posted 22 November 2015 - 11:01 AM

If your recovery partition is still intact then like JohnC said thats your best bet, but you can legally download an installation ISO from Microsoft if you have your product key On the sticker. Even if it's OEM.

 

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 09:26 AM

thanks guys.

no recovery partition exists. i don't no why someone would delete it.
yes sayer there is a sticker/coa on the pc. it's for win7 home premium.

so if i download the iso from your link, burn,clean instal..l it will accept that serial ,yeah?



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 09:28 AM

thanks guys.

no recovery partition exists. i don't no why someone would delete it.
yes sayer there is a sticker/coa on the pc. it's for win7 home premium.

so if i download the iso from your link, burn,clean instal..l it will accept that serial ,yeah?

 

 

yes your key should work,

 

as long as its the exact same version of windows 7 including 32 or 64bit



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 05:19 PM

I've done a little bit of research on this for you.  

 

Multiple sites seems to be in agreement that if a) It's past the 30 day limit to downgrade and B you didn't rename $Windows.~BT to say Bak-$Windows.~BT, $Windows.~WS to Bak-$Windows.~WS and Windows.old folder to Bak- Windows.old. during the 30 days, there's really nothing else you can do other than to do a clean install.  

 

:thumbdown: 

 

On the plus side, though, at least you don't have to deal with the BS "downgrade paths" of Windows 8....pukeatronic.  



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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:10 PM

If you decide to buy windows 7 retail, you may be able to buy

it no later than December, 2016...






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