Solved Format HDD to get rid of Win10 and re-install Win 7.

November 23, 2016 at 09:27:56
Specs: Win 10
This is a new Dell laptop that came with Win 10 and I don't want Win 10. I have my own legal copy of Win 7 that I prefer using. Will format c/s do it?

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November 23, 2016 at 10:18:29
If your win-7 is retail, even if you have installed/activated it once already, you can still install/activate again. Currently M$ allow two activations for a retail version. One is presumed to be the office desktop (SOHO or otherwise) and the other the business/on the road laptop...

I have gone the above route with win-7 retail; installed to my MacMini via Bootcamp, and then accessed it via parallels too in a VM; had to re-activate it via Parallels "version"...

Both activations are fine...

I think the same applies equally to OEM but not sure about that.



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November 23, 2016 at 09:29:38
As long as you haven't installed that Windows 7 OS/License already, just boot to the CD drive and install. Formatting/partitioning as you wish.

Keep in mind the newer laptop might not have drivers for Windows 7. You should check Dell's Support site first.

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November 23, 2016 at 09:31:26
Thank you. I thought Windows wouldn't let me "downgrade" to an older OS. I must be thinking of Mac.

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November 23, 2016 at 09:34:07
You wouldn't be downgrading per se, You'd be installing a fresh OS. Just out of curiosity, why do you want to get rid of 10?

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November 23, 2016 at 10:04:07
I have a Mac and the Dell (Inspiron 11 3000) $99 Black Friday Special will be dedicated to one job and one job only, editing video software from my R/C video flights. I'm aware of Boot Camp but won't always have the Mac with me when editing. The editing software will not work with Mac OS unfortunately.

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November 23, 2016 at 10:18:29
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If your win-7 is retail, even if you have installed/activated it once already, you can still install/activate again. Currently M$ allow two activations for a retail version. One is presumed to be the office desktop (SOHO or otherwise) and the other the business/on the road laptop...

I have gone the above route with win-7 retail; installed to my MacMini via Bootcamp, and then accessed it via parallels too in a VM; had to re-activate it via Parallels "version"...

Both activations are fine...

I think the same applies equally to OEM but not sure about that.


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November 23, 2016 at 10:34:03
Thank you for your help, much appreciated.

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