Downgrade from Windows 10 to 7

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by stirling, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. stirling

    stirling MDL Junior Member

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    Hi, I just bought a new notebook that apparently already came with Windows 10. There is no "Windows.old folder. Is there any way to return to Windows 7 . In the other PC and notebooks with windows 7 I made the bios mod. Thanks
     
  2. timster

    timster MDL Senior Member

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    if Windows 10 was installed when you bought the laptop, you'll have to download Windows 7 yourself and install it.
     
  3. stirling

    stirling MDL Junior Member

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    What about the licence of w7. As I said in the others PC/laptops to install windows 7 I made the bios mod. I think it doesn´t work in this laptop. If W10 was installed without upgrade from 7 or 8
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Apparently? I hope you knew the details before you bought the notebook?

    There is no windows.old folder because the laptop came with pre-installed win 10.

    So you have to completely reinstall win 7 x64 (when the laptop is UEFI only) modded for UEFI. You already know how to mod the bios so succes.

    I don't know the warranty rules in your region/country and or of the manufacturer but i would be carefull to do what you want to do.
     
  5. lostpassword

    lostpassword MDL Member

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    Not trying to pick a fight, but what is your problem with Windows 10? I find it very stable and even runs my DOS database perfectly. Installing printers is a breeze - seems to be automatic, and I have been pleasantly surprised how good it is. More controversially I also like 8.1, which I still run on my main machine.

    I think a lot of people are worried about lack of privacy, but my attitude is that if there is nothing illegal on your PC then why worry. I think a copy of AUTOKMS or DAZ Loader is not going to result in a life sentence.

    Anyway good luck if you are still determined to change.
     
  6. dhjohns

    dhjohns MDL Guru

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    You will need to check to see if there are available Windows 7 drivers for your device. There may not be. In any case I would definitely stay with Windows 10 as it is a much better OS, and Windows 7 will not be supported in less than 5 years.
     
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  7. mabaega

    mabaega MDL Senior Member

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    As far as I feel, Windows 10 is a good OS.
    If you have not found a serious problem in Windows 10 , you should probably stick with it .
    You can delete all the metro application if you do not want it. and Windows 10 you will look like windows 7..
     
  8. Engineer2k2

    Engineer2k2 MDL Member

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    Though My Main System OS is now Windows 10 (Still I am not much comfortable so using dual boot) but will stick to it and not downgrade my system.:cool:
     
  9. tmf2

    tmf2 MDL Junior Member

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    Not to start a debate but if you have something to hide or not is far from the issue, force feeding people to accept a major privacy intrusion is. This will likely play out in the courts and will be very interesting to observe. Accept Microsoft's behavior and history reveals it will not end. :(
     
  10. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    I think the slick table should be still there even on brand new notebooks, so install w7 and use the DAZ loader and you'll be fine.

    To be sure shrink the w10 partition and install it in dual boot.
     
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  11. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    You would need to buy 7 or use loader. When you get a OS you can't pick what you want, you must buy it that way. The only way you can downgrade is if you already owned a older copy and upgraded to win 10.

    I have heard people say that they bought a retail copy of windows, called MS and they allowed them to downgrade, switch to older version, but not a OEM.

    As for your warranty, I would remove the drive as is, buy another one, install win 7, and if the notebook dies and you need to ship it in, just stick the win 10 drive back in.
     
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  12. zero2dash

    zero2dash MDL Member

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    Image the drive (to a second HD, a big enough flash drive, or a networked PC) using Macrium Reflect or a similar free tool. If you have to send it in for warranty, reimage with the 10 image you made. If the HD is what dies, what is on the drive is largely irrelevant.
     
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  13. stirling

    stirling MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks for all your answers. The reason for that I want to downgrade to w7 is that I consider W10 very intrusive. Will have to make fine adjustments.
     
  14. zero2dash

    zero2dash MDL Member

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    Not only that but I find the lack of choices on updating is pretty ballsy myself; that's why I'm refusing to use it until they change that.
    It's a good OS, I enjoyed the few weeks of time I had with it - however, I'm not willing to concede privacy & choice just to run "the latest and greatest". DX12 games are nowhere close to being done yet and any OS boots fast enough on an SSD. ;)
     
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  15. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    Why would you tell me to image the drive when they don't want windows 10 that came with it, they bought it with windows 10 and want a older OS, so why are you talking Image ??????????????????????
     
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  16. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    Lets hope DX12 games don't come like Sata Express hardware, LMAO
     
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  17. zero2dash

    zero2dash MDL Member

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    #17 zero2dash, Oct 18, 2015
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    Imaging the drive (to restore 10 if need be for RMA purposes) = free
    Buying 2nd HD to install 7 to, leaving 10 drive alone for RMA purposes = not free

    :)

    7 is still the #1 OS and will be for at least a few more years IMHO. Games will still have to support DX11.
    I don't think it'll be anytime soon that 10 is an absolute "requirement" for gamers.
    Vista had the whole DX10 thing and look how that turned out....I don't think DX10 really hit maturation until 7 was out and by then they were talking about DX11 being next.
     
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  18. Engineer2k2

    Engineer2k2 MDL Member

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    Absolutely Right ! I agree. Using dual boot for this reason.o_O
     
  19. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    If they don't have access to reload win 10 to send the system back, then it's useless. If they can afford a new win 10 system they can afford a 19.00 WD Sata 3.0 160g HDD.

    AHHHHHHHHHHH 19.00.:p
     
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  20. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Using the LTSB version is a good start.

    But you can cleanup it further, and you can made even the PRO version as clean as an LTSB and even more.

    just follow the relevant thread.
     
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