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I just purchased a new laptop with a windows 8 os, i hate it.  Is it possible to downgrade it to a windows 7 os.

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Re: downgrading

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The short answer is, "Yes".


The long answer is, "You may or may not like the results."


It entirely depends on which computer you have, whether or not there are drivers and software for Windows 7 for your computer, how much work you want to put into the project, and your skill and commitment level.


Take a look at the Posts in the link below - there is just about every scenerio here, good AND bad.


There are also Posts that include ways that you can learn to live with Windows 8 until you no longer "hate it".  There are ways, for example, to get back your "Start Menu" like you had in Windows 7 -- or ways to manage that new "Metro" Start Screen so it is not so likely to make you crazy.



HP Forum - Search keywords "downgrade windows 8"



If you would like more help, you should provide your Product Number:

Locate the Notebook Product Number

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On your keyboard (Use the built-in keyboard, and not an external / USB controlled device):

  • Press the FN and ESC keys at the same time

Good Luck!



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Re: downgrading

If you are not happy with your new laptop that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, considering returning it to the seller for a refund, then order a new HP laptop that is still available with Windows 7 preinstalled.  Examples: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Laptops

Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows Expert - Consumer

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