Solved how do i install win7 pro 64bit on the PC that now has win 8

July 6, 2014 at 23:04:09
Specs: Windows 7
how do i install win7 pro 64bit on the PC that now has win 8.1 installed.?
I wish to go back to Win 7 Pro 64bit.
Can I just do a clean install,?, and will I have any problems with activation if I use the OEM licence key.?

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July 8, 2014 at 03:02:08
" ' I will be doing a totally fresh install with a newly purchased Win 7 pro 64 SP1 OEM CD.' "

Sorry, missed that part (age makes one impatient). In that case there should be no problems at all....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."



#1
July 6, 2014 at 23:40:50
The process is detailed here: http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en-gb/...

So, yes, your OEM key should be sufficient for the downgrade, but you will probably need to phone Microsoft to activate the Windows 7 installation.


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#2
July 6, 2014 at 23:46:31
Thanks for the info, but is it possible to just activate it online like I did the first time.?

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#3
July 7, 2014 at 00:27:31
Not if the Windows 8 install has been activated:

"If the software was previously activated, it cannot be activated online. In this case, the appropriate local Activation Support phone number will be displayed. Call the number and explain the circumstances. When it is determined that the end user has an eligible Windows license, the customer service representative will provide a single-use activation code to activate the software. Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario."

Don't worry - it's a very simple process.


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#4
July 7, 2014 at 13:11:17
I respect your requirement to install Win 7, however mostly the reason folk don't like Win 8 is the lack of a start menu. If this happens to be your situation are you aware that the next update to Win 8 will include one? It is likely to come along as early as next month. There is also a quick way of getting a near start menu right now, or freebie programs that will do so.

In a way it just seems a pity to go to the trouble of installing an earlier system when Win 8 is a fast system with extra facilities. I've not found a single thing that Win 7 can do that Win 8 cannot (more the reverse). If all else fails desktop icons can be arranged to cover everything you need and I'm happy to help with this if you should wish.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
July 7, 2014 at 17:52:58
My main reason for re-installing Win 7 Pro, is because the Win 8.1 install gives me lots of BSOD due to random [ at least they appear to be random] system errors.
I did not get any BSOD errors when I had Win Pro 64bit installed, so I will be doing a totally fresh install with a newly purchased Win 7 pro 64 SP1 OEM CD.
As I will be using a new HDD, I do not intend to keep anything [ I have backed up all the links and files that I will need].
So I guess MS should take this as just a new install on a new PC [I build my own PC`s].
As I will be starting from scratch surely an online activation would be ok.?
Win 8/8.1 is fine imo if a touch screen is used [I use a mouse] and I overclock my CPU & graphics card and use water cooling, this does not seem to work with the new OS.

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#6
July 7, 2014 at 18:43:27
"As I will be starting from scratch surely an online activation would be ok.?"

If I read it correctly, you upgraded the version of Win7/64-bit to Win 8.1. Likely if you registered Win8.1 online, you may or may not have removed whatever "flag" (for lack of a better term) of having Win7/64-bit being registered. Attempting to re-register Win7 would quite probably set another "flag"; this time for being a previously-registered serial number. I'd be willing to bet this would cause the registration to be denied (to prevent software piracy---even though you're the "owner"---see EULA). It'd be far better to contact Microsoft via phone before you attempt this or you may wind up having to purchase another copy of Win7 (i.e.---it's better to ask permission than forgiveness in this case)...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#7
July 7, 2014 at 18:58:56
Quoted from my last post:
" I will be doing a totally fresh install with a newly purchased Win 7 pro 64 SP1 OEM CD."
As I will be installing using a totally new version of Win 7 pro, how can that be software piracy.?
And as stated I will also be using a totally new HHD, the only components in the system that will remain unchanged will be the motherboard, CPU and graphics card.
I will then format the old HDD and use it as a spare.
I have never purchased a retail PC, I just buy the parts and build them, but this time I want to use the same MB, CPU etc.?

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July 8, 2014 at 03:02:08
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" ' I will be doing a totally fresh install with a newly purchased Win 7 pro 64 SP1 OEM CD.' "

Sorry, missed that part (age makes one impatient). In that case there should be no problems at all....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#9
July 8, 2014 at 16:24:59
I know what you mean about "age" T-R-A, as I am 77, thanks to all for your input. :)

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#10
July 9, 2014 at 04:53:35
That's a bit annoying. You didn't need to buy a new copy of Windows 7 as you are entitled to downgrade for free, using the Windows 8 key. Never mind. I hope you bought a generic OEM copy, not a manufacturer-specific one.

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#11
July 9, 2014 at 13:56:34
I understand what you mean ijack, but as I am using [intend to use] a new HDD, I want a totally clean install just to be on the safe side.
About the OEM version have used the link below as I have used overclockers for years now.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...


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