I thought Windows 8 Keys can be used to install Windows 7?

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  1. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I thought that you can downgrade for free using your Windows 8 key but you can't

    I tried 2 keys, first one is the key built into my BIOS, that didn't work.

    Then I tried to use my Windows 8 Pro Key, still didn't work, the key has characters which aren't even accepted by the Windows 7 installer

    How does one downgrade then?
     
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  2. user_hidden

    user_hidden MDL Expert

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    it is obvious that a Windows 8 key will NEVER work for Windows 7.
    to install Windows 7 you require the appropriate key.
     
  3. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I just called Microsoft and they said that my Pro Key is a Retail key so it cannot be used to downgrade. They said only a PRO OEM Key has downgrade rights.

    The tech support agent actually spent 10 mins with me on the phone trying to convince me not to downgrade even if I had the ability to.

    He asked me why do I wanna downgrade, I said because sometimes when I press the touchpad accidentally, it gets me back to the Metro screen
     
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  4. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    Did he hang up on you after that? :coffee:

    lol
     
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  6. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    Have you ever heard of "updown8" works great but you need a proper iso and proper key...
    ;)
     
  7. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Can be used to change the Edition either inside Win 7 or Win 8 family, but not between them :hmm:.
     
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  8. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    "I thought Windows 8 Keys can be used to install Windows 7?" - Answer is no.

    Thread closed.

    :)
     
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