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11-20-2016 05:31 PM
My HP Pavilion g7 - 1316dx orignally came with Win7.
I upgraded to windows 10 a few months ago and I hate it.
I want to go back to Win7 however Microsoft will not let me download Win7 using my product key ...
The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options
HP.com - I've searched the support pages and cannot find a download for Windows7.
11-20-2016 05:57 PM
HP does not offer downloads of operating systems.
They sell W7 recovery media for your notebook, which you can order online at the link below.
11-21-2016 09:24 AM
> I upgraded to windows 10 a few months ago and I hate it.
Remember that Microsoft will stop issuing security-fixes for Windows 7 after January 2020 -- not too far away.
So, at that time, if your hardware is still running, you will need to upgrade to Windows 10, to stay "safe" when online.
(Other software companies will also stop supporting Windows 7 at that time, i.e., they may update their software under Windows 10, but not when running under Windows 7. Ouch.)
Fortunately, since you have installed Windows 10, you have a "digital entitlement" to reinstall Windows 10 at any time in the future, without needing to enter a 25-character "product-key". That's good news.