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Downgrading from 8 to 7

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#1 crosssection


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Posted 19 June 2018 - 10:14 PM

I have an old laptop with windows 8.1 originally installed on it. However, I'm not really a fan of it so I want to downgrade to windows 7 which I find it easier to use. So the question is, how do I change my windows from 8.1 to 7? 

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:36 AM

Firstly, go to your computer's support page and make sure drivers are available for Windows 7


You would first need to purchase a license for Windows 7 Home Premium or Pro. 


Backup any personal data on the computer including browser bookmarks.


Do a clean install per the below guide. 


https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-clean-install-windows-7-2624917. Once you have a clean install there are two updates that need to be manually installed before you will be offered updates.


Install these in order.






FYI. Windows 7 end of live is Jan 2019. No more security or improvement updates will be given after that date. Consider the option of budgeting for a new computer if it is over 5 years old. I cannot confirm it but there are people who still upgrade to Windows 10 and have it upgraded for free if you start the upgrade from within the Media Creator of Windows 10.

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