Downgrade from Windows 8 (PREINSTALL) to Windows 7

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  1. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    I bought an HP computer with Windows 8 Preinstalled and I can't figure out how to downgrade it to Windows 7. How do I get the disk to boot at startup? Also theres about 5 partitions... should I delete them all?
     
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  2. Tito

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    Remember to take a backup first ;)

    Turn off secure boot from bios, then boot from the 7 installation media. There is no way to downgrade; you have to do a clean install.
     
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  3. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    I cant get the cd to run during boot
     
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  4. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    Under UEFI Boot Order:

    I chose Internal CD/DVD Rom Drive first and nada :(
     
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  5. Tito

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    You need to disable secure boot to enable booting from other devices.
     
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  6. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    I did disable it. Let me post a screenshot.. 1 minute
     
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    Enable legacy support.
     
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  9. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    I did, and I chose internal cd as first boot. same issue it just goes to window 8
     
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  10. Tito

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    Strange :g:

    Try bootable usb key :)
     
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    So i have to convert the cd to bootable usb first correct?
     
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  14. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    I got it to install but there is no drivers for this s**t.. and i didnt save a backup lol.. anyway I can put windows 8 back on it? fml, may have to exchange this
     
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  15. Tito

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    Obviously... btw most of the 8 drivers should work on 7.
     
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  16. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    I took all the drivers off the hp site and none of them work. ill mess with it again tomorrow
     
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  17. urie

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    Try reading the manual if you got one if not download it from HP and see how to do factory restore (if you have not deleted recovery partition)
     
  18. whoareyouxda

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    you know, you could just NOVEL concept i know USE Windows 8! Its really great once you get used to it!
     
  19. Simpuhl

    Simpuhl MDL Senior Member

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    The comp is not for me, someone asked me to downgrade it because they weren't able to. I am just going to install a leaked version of windows 8 and tell them to exchange it for a model that still has 7
     
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  20. urie

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    Make your mind up in one hand you say you Bought the computer now you say it belongs to someone else. Did you delete recovery Partition ? if so I doubt they will exchange it if it in not back to factory settings i,e, user errors.