Downgrade Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 7 Pro

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  1. buzarda

    buzarda MDL Novice

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    #1 buzarda, Mar 23, 2015
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    A friend asked me to recommend a notebook to buy, and I told him an HP one, which, between the choices he had, and for his budget, it was the best bang for the buck.

    The problem was that it comes with a legal installed version of windows 8.1 Pro, and my friend wanted windows 7.

    I told him "no problem, it comes with the right to downgrade to windows 7". Since he hesitated, at the problem of installing W7, I guaranteed him that I would do the downgrade, and he purchased the evil notebook.

    The problem is that I installed any W7 I had on a pen drive, but at the time of validating the license, it does not accept the one stored in BIOS.
    I did the same thing with lots of notebooks, and used the license pasted by Micros**t under the laptop, and it ever worked, but it looks like W7 cannot read license keys stored in BIOS.
    Anyways, I recovered the key in the bios, and tried to activate W7 with it, but it refuses to accept that string as a valid one.

    I called MS support, and they refused to help. They said that it is HP responsibility.

    Then I contacted HP support in HP USA, because the notebook is imported from USA (I live in South America).
    HP USA told me that I can only install an HP Windows 7 DVD, or the license will not work, but they will not send me the free DVD because South America is too far, and they are too lazy to give me a download link.
    HP USA told me that I should ask the disk to HP of my country.

    So I contacted HP of my country, and asked for the Win 7 DVD, but they refused, because they do not support HP notebooks sold in USA.

    It is a catch 22 where HP laughs all the way to the bank with my friend money, meanwhile we are totally f**ked.


    On synthesis: HP gave me the middle finger, and refuses to honor his obligation of providing the paid Win 7 downgrade.



    So, the question is: is possible to force win 7 to accept the BIOS key?

    I think that W7 does not recognize the key because it does not support UEFI, but I do not have any W7 CD with UEFI support, didn't found any way to install UEFI support, and do not even know if that has something to do with the problem.

    I replaced the HD with a SSD, so I still have the W8.1 fully installed on his HD.
     
  2. TrustMe

    TrustMe MDL Member

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    I do know much about the BIOS but there is a HP Windows 7 Professional 64bit DVD on eBay for $10 U.S. Maybe that will help.
     
  3. GezoeSloog

    GezoeSloog MDL Addicted

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    Wouldn't it be easier just to install Classic Shell? :p
     
  4. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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  5. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    I totally agree. I don't even notice the difference between my Win8 & Win7 boxes. My apps are run from taskbar or desktop...
     
  6. buzarda

    buzarda MDL Novice

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    I already installed classic shell on the 8.1, but it has a nasty problem with the wireless network: it does not works when a wireless HP printer is on the same network, and HP haves no updated driver, and offers no solution, other than a "refund", which is only valid on USA.

    The wireless driver in 7 works flawlessly.