05-16-2012 05:09 PM
I've been contemplating buying a new Thinkpad in the next year or so, but I might expedite my decision to buy depending on the answer to this question.
If I wait and buy a laptop that comes loaded with Windows 8, will I be able to "downgrade" to Windows 7?
My concern is that I won't like Windows 8, particularly after having had a tinker with the preview, and would really like to keep the option to install Windows 7 instead.
So, should I buy a Windows 7 Thinkpad now, or should I wait, buy a Windows 8 Thinkpad later, and give Windows 8 a chance?
05-17-2012 02:40 AM
I think it is too early to hear about downgrade rights for Windows 8. Perhaps when the operating system is closer to shipping more information will be made available.
10-04-2012 09:36 AM
I suspect that the manufacturers will give you an option on "business" systems of ordering either Win7 or Win8. Many corporations are still running XP or have just recently switched to Win7.
Even if Win8 is a huge success, you'll still have to wait a few years for it to trickle down to the office computer.
Consumer systems (Ideapad for example) may just come with Win8 though.
10-06-2012 11:31 AM - edited 10-06-2012 11:41 AM
If your machine came with windows 7 and you have created factory deafult DVDs using One Key Recovery Software with your OEM windows 7. Later on if you upgrade to windwos 8 and afterwards you can use those DVDs to return back your machine factory default state as an alternative option. No idea about other downgrade options.
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