Q: Anyone know how to downgrade from Windows 8 back to Windows 7?

BigDeals123us
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Windows 8 appears to have been built for touch screen computers and is not very user friendly on standard laptops. It is driving me nuts so I need to figure out how to get back to Windows 7. 
BigDeals123us posted Jul 28, 2013
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chirayu1
If you have a windows 7 cd, insert your cd, then shut down your computer, turn it back on and hit F12 key or whatever key that takes you to the boot menu and change your primary setting for the computer to run on to dvd rw/cd. Once that is done save it and restart the computer, it will then go through a windows 7 installation, continue until you see custom or install, you are going to select custom and then on the bottom you will see format which you will click and format all your internal hard drives that are included in your computer especially where the OS is located. Once you formatted your hard drive, now click on the hard drive you want the windows 7 to install on and from 1/2 hour to 1 hour, you should see a clean windows 7 installed on your new computer.

***MAKE SURE YOU SAVE YOUR PERSONAL DATA FIRST BEFORE YOU DO THIS PROCESS***
chirayu1 (rep: 217) posted Jul 28, 2013
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cid681
Essentially what was just said by chirayu1. Windows 7 is not somewhere in Windows 8 where you would be able to rollback the operating system.
cid681 (rep: 1.03k) posted Jul 30, 2013
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WideAnglePhoto
Install Classic Shell.
http://www.classicshell.net/

This is the first thing I installed when I upgraded to windows 8.
It will give you a start menu like older versions of windows, and have it behave more like windows 7.
Within the settings you can tell it to skip the windows 8 start screen.
WideAnglePhoto (rep: 31.3k) posted Jul 31, 2013
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expertgarage
To be honest, Win8 has introduced new security features in the BIOS to prevent downgrades of the OS. You will need to actually go into the BIOS upon boot and disable the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)and then you may install windows 7. Be sure you know the difference between a downgrade and a fresh install of win7. I would recommend a fresh install. After disabling UEFI, you may also need to enable legacy hardware. If using a CD/DVD drive to boot from make sure in the BIOS you have moved the boot sequence of the CD/DVD drive up to the top. If booting from a USB drive, you will need to do the same process. Save changes, exit, reboot, and install!
expertgarage (noob) posted Aug 09, 2013
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omegafemale
(sarcasm) - from a dos window, type delete c:/windows/*.* force a shut down and reboot from the older disc. ;)
omegafemale (rep: 211k) posted Aug 09, 2013
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