Solved Change from Windows 8 to Windows 7

January 2, 2013 at 18:23:10
Specs: Windows 7, 2.8 GHz / 8191 MB

I have bought a new computer for my wife and it came with Windows 8. She does not like Windows 8 and does not wish to change her monitor to a Touch Screen which Windows 8 works with better. I would like to remove Windows 8 and replace it with Windows 7. What is the proper way of doing this?

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#1
January 2, 2013 at 19:34:33

1st a few questions:

Is this is a custom built PC, not an OEM (Dell Gateway, HP, etc)?
Are you experienced at installing Windows?
Do you have a Win7 64-bit DVD & copies of all the drivers & software you want to install?


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#2
January 2, 2013 at 23:57:38
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If I were you I would install one of the programs that makes Windows 8 act more like Windows 7. (See http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsof... ) This will cost you nothing, require no reinstallation of programs, and will still leave you with all the advantages of Windows 8 - better use of resources, more stability, and more security.

You don't need a touch screen to use Windows 8 Start Screen, but many people don't like it, particularly if they are set in their ways with earlier versions of Windows. I love Windows 8 and find it a great improvement over 7.


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#3
January 3, 2013 at 01:59:04

Follow ijack's advice #2 above and you won't be disappointed.

I use Start8 from Stardock - this a $5 program. There are also free ones that are as good.

After installing the program and setting it to boot to the desktop upon restart, you will not see a difference whether you're using W7 or W8 except that W8 is snappier. But immediately visit Windows Update and get the updates.

CoolGuy


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#4
January 3, 2013 at 05:48:39

@ijack & suatcini,

Nice idea. I haven't tried Win8 yet & haven't been looking forward to it after reading all the complaints about the new desktop interface. Now maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks.


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#5
June 5, 2013 at 12:54:45

I got Windows8 on new HP all in one but no touch screen. I was not happy with it so bought Start8 for $5 thru Wall Street Journal's columnist Walt Mossberg. It has helped but I still try to learn my way around Windows8. Using the Desktop app also helps to get away from the Windows8 method for some things. I wish my MS Works program would work here but I cannot install it so must use it with my laptop Window7 which does let me use it. I am too cheap to buy another new program.

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#6
June 5, 2013 at 22:25:40

It is crazy that Windows 8 is still being sold on non touchscreen devices and the fact that most users who have got it to work are having to use 3rd party software in order to do so or use archaic key combinations that go back to the dawn of Windows. If it was any other industry/company it would be deemed as being sold as 'unfit for purpose' and all non touchscreen devices should be removed from the shelves.

I have honestly tried to like Windows 8 - I have it on a touchscreen laptop - but I just cannot find any advantages that it has beyond my Win7 machine and I invariably end up going back to that.

Oh, and back to the OP's original question. If you decide to get a touchscreen make sure it is Windows 8 certified - older touchscreens are not, mainly because many had bezels around the edge that did not allow for easy swiping that Win8 demands or did not support the multi-gestures. If you decide to go back to Windows 7 you need to make sure that the appropriate drivers are available for your system and you will need to buy a copy of Win7 of course, and these are becoming more scarce so don't be tempted by those from dubious sources.

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