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win-7 instead of win-8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by KNHENT, Feb 19, 2013.

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    KNHENT Thread Starter

    May 13, 2010

    I purchased a HP laptop, which came with Win-8. I hate it;don’t understand it and Laptop doesn’t have a touch screen. What is the cheapest way to replace this 8with Win-7 pro.? What are the problems i will I run into?

    Please don’t try to tell me to just use it. At my age I'm doing good to just wakeup each morning; I don’thave time to waste learning a new system with all the crap I will never live touse. Many thanks
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
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    the cheapest & simplest way , is to stick with W8, but install one of the programs that puts back the start menu & task bar, so you can use it in exactly the same way as you used to use W7

    I use Classic shell & am very happy with it http://www.classicshell.net/
  3. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    I also use the "Classic shell" and run it just like I do my Windows 7 machines.
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    And if you want to use it almost like Windows 7 w/o a third party Start Menu see the first sticky thread at the top of this forum.

    If you have Windows 8 Pro you can downgrade to Windows 7 for free. Else you will need to buy Windows 7 (they are becoming scarce).

    HP warns against trying to downgrade to Windows 7 except for their few models for which they have Windows 7 drivers. Check the availability of drivers before spending any money.

    After you have made sure you have drivers and have bought your Windows 7 there will then likely be complications--but not insurmountable--dealing with the UEFI and GPT disk.

    Probably the cheapest way in time and money for you is to return this purchase and buy one with Windows 7 pre-installed. I just happened to look yesterday and both Dell and HP had them available in their respective Small Business sections.
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