07-17-2017 06:48 AM - edited 07-17-2017 06:55 AM
So here is the situation.
I've got this great piece of hardware bound to a cruddy OS that no sane person should ever trust (an OS that uninstalls your privately owned and paid for software from other companies during updates potentially costing licensing fees to acquire a replacement license or even damaging system viability if one of those software packages is a driver, without any advance notice). Sane reasonable people should never accept that as business as usual or acceptable. Thus Windows 10 is unacceptable.
Windows 7 Downgrade (legally valid per the Windows 10 Pro license agreement):
Issues for Windows 7 Pro install:
No License to enter even if one had media (none provided even though Windows 7 Downgrade is a supported item for Windows 10)
CPU Support requires a hack to remove the FAKE incompatibility check MSFT put into Windows Update and Windows 7 to disallow usage on newer CPUs. There are guides on how to disable this manually and have Windows 7 with Windows Updates work so not a real issue. -- Pretty sleazy move on MSFT's part to disable Windows Update for Windows 7 useers running new CPUs on valid legally licensed copies (per MSFT's own agreements) to force Windows 10 usage.
Install issues for Linux:
Which Linux brand and version to use?
Will all the features be fully supported?
Sadly I cannot even begin to work on any of this due to:
Any thoughts, help, or ideas on any of these fronts?