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  1. kenneth7379

    kenneth7379 Thread Starter

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    Is it possible to replace Windows 10 with Windows 7? I just bought a new computer with Windows 10 and I don't think I'll ever be able to adapt to it. If I can find someone with a Windows 7 program to sell, is it possible to nuke the 10 program and replace it with 7?
     
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    It depends on the hardware in your computer, some new motherboards and/or processors make it impossible or very difficult to install 7.

    Run this on the new computer and paste the text it outputs into your next reply please, it should tell us enough about the exact hardware you have to give a precise answer :- https://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe
     
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    Thanks for the reply, managed. I'd be happy to run the SysInfo on the new system, but I'd need a bit of clarification. I seem to remember downloading it on XP, locating it in Tools, and then clicking on Run. Is there something similar on W10, and if so, how do I get to it?
     
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    Okay, thanks. I will likely wait until tomorrow to try this. It's occurred to me that once I have the SysInfo data, I'll have to copy it by hand and re-enter it on the XP to pass on to you. (I don't understand W10 cut and paste even after watching tutorials on it, and though my second choice would be to send it by email to the XP, I've had no success in establishing an email program on the W10)
     
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    If you come here using Internet Explorer or Edge Browser, which are both installed with Windows 10, you can do it from there.

    However you do it, just run SysInfo on the new Computer then right-click the blue text it makes and click Copy, then right click where you want to put it and click Paste. You can paste it into the reply window here or Notepad or whatever.
     
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    Here are the instructions for obtaining and using the SysInfo.exe tool:
    Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) file.
    After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
    Information about your computer will appear.
    Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.

    You can replace Windows 10 with Windows 7, but only if your computer supports installing and using Windows 7.
    (Note: I did that with the refurbished Dell OptiPlex 9020 desktops that I bought last year.)
    I foresee a problem for you though.
    You bought a NEW computer with Windows 10, so it likely has a 7th or 8th or 9th generation processor.
    But if it has a 6th generation or older processor, you will be okay installing and using Windows 7.

    Just for your information, ALL support from Microsoft ends in 12 months for Windows 7.

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 8066 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 232 GB (190 GB Free);
    Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 339A
    Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated
     
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    I've pasted the information for SysInfo on my Windows computer above. Please note that this is a "new" refurbished computer, so it may not reflect the newest technology. Hoping this means it is compatible with conversion to Windows 7.

    I thought a lot about the issue last night, and wondered, if the Windows 10 computer can't be converted to Windows 7, would it be feasible to upgrade the XP computer to Windows 7. The SysInfo for the old XP computer is pasted below....

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3293 Mb
    Graphics Card:
    Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (449 GB Free);
    Motherboard: MSI, G41M-P23 (MS-7592)
    Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    I don't care if the Windows 7 becomes unsupported in a year's time. Worst case scenario, I've bought myself a year of not having to deal with Windows 10. Also, I've continued to use XP for multiple years after Microsoft discontinued support for XP......Perhaps I'll get multiple years out of unsupported Windows 7.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying you have a "refurbished" HP computer and not a "brand new" one.
    It has a 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3220 processor and will work fine with Windows 7 SP1.
    What is the product number(P/N) and serial number(S/N) on that HP computer?
    Once it's correctly identified, we should be able to locate its support site.

    If you're insistent on using Windows 7 SP1 instead of Windows 10, you should've bought a refurbished computer that already has it installed.
    Finding a legitimate copy of Windows 7 SP1 is going to be difficult and not cheap.
    I still use Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit in my Dell OptiPlex 780, even though Microsoft "officially" stopped supporting it in April 2014.
    It contains the "unofficial" security updates that Microsoft has released since May 2014, and it's currently up-to-date as of December 2018.

    The last browser that has continued to support it is Mozilla Firefox 52.9.0 ESR, but it stopped providing security updates in September 2018.
    Even though it's 4 months out-of-date, it works fine and has no problem with loading all the websites I use.

    Obviously, I don't use it for storing sensitive and personal information or doing online banking and purchases.

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    Thanks for the response, Frank.

    The info on the HP Windows 10 computer is:
    Product code: C8M25VP#ABA
    Product key: (removed by Administrator)
    Serial no:MXL3291YCK

    I have located a Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit software disc with Service Pack 1 for 12.00. It doesn't come with Product Key or COD, but I've discovered that I can buy an Activation Key on eBay for 6.76 USD. Unless you tell me different, I'm assuming that this is all I'd need to convert the Windows 10 computer to Windows 7.
     
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    I've removed the product key as that information should never be posted in public and flavallee did not ask for that.
     
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    Oops. Thanks, Cookiegal. I didn't realize I was doing anything wrong. (Color me stupid, as far as computers go) I found about a dozen stickers on the case of the computer and had a lot of difficulty determining which ones represented the model and serial numbers.
     
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    According to that serial number, you have a HP Compaq Pro 6300 Microtower PC.
    According to its product specifications section, it originally came with Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional or Ultimate.
    The Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker on it will confirm which Windows 7 version it originally came with.
    According to its software and drivers section, it has full driver support for Windows 7.
    You should add and save the "HP Compaq Pro 6300 Microtower PC" webpage link in your browser's favorites/bookmarks list so you can quickly refer to it when needed.
    That is probably a pirated/non-genuine Windows 7 disc and product key.

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    Thanks, K.
    I was getting ready to report to have it deleted.

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