03-16-2016 12:00 AM
I, like everyone else, installed Windows 10 when it was first released. However, I would like to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 7. But, my laptop was shipped with Windows 8 preinstalled.
What are my options on downgrading and how can I do it? Product keys (don't have it for Win8)!
03-16-2016 08:23 AM
Hi sbtm77 ,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
Windows 8 and above versions have the product keys embedded on the chips for OEM machines (preloaded) and would no longer have keys on the microsoft sticker like in WIndows 7 and below.
You need to do a fresh installation of Windows 7 just like a retail version . You need to purchase a product key to use and re install drivers intended for Windows 7 from the support site .
You will also lose the factory reset features if you decide to do a clean installation .
Always best if you also create your own restore media before any change .
For the purpose of using WIndows 7 and still keeping Windows 8 factory restore is to perform installation to replace current WIndows8 C:// drive. Boot on the WIndows 7 installer and install it on the Windows 8 partition without formatting the harddrive.
Option 3: Change the harddrive and install your Windows version just like a retail version.
Update us how it work best for you.
03-16-2016 10:54 AM
Hi sbtm77 ,
I also had same cases such as yours and still the easiest and most convenient option is number 2.
Mainstream support of Windows 7 would soon be over unlike Windows 8 and when upgraded to Windows 8.1 , is easier to customize to Win7 .
Initially back up all your files and just launch the Factory restore using the Novo button.
This would erase everything and would give you a fresh start .
Continue with all needed updates from Windows until it offer Win 8.1 and then proceed with the customizations .
To launch One Key Recovery /factory restore, turn off the pc and use the Novo key (item 2 page 9) to turn on.
Novo Menu would offer One Key recovery (page 23) from initial back up to restore to factory image.
What I did with another case is we just swap a harddrive from an old Windows 7 laptop .
Take time to review your option and pick which is more convenient from your end.