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  1.    13 Oct 2015 #1

    Windows 10 back to windows 7


    I bought a laptop with windows 8 pre-installed which was later upgraded to windows 10. As a windows 7 user on my desk top and work computers can I delete W10 and install W7? I have been told not. If not why not?
    Thanks for your help, Paul
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       13 Oct 2015 #2

    Hello Paul, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It depends.

    If you upgraded the Windows 7 from the desktop to a free Windows 10 and still have that Windows 10 installed, then you will not be able to install and activate Windows 7 on the laptop unless you have another product key or uninstall the Windows 10.

    In addition, you'll need to make sure that the laptop manufacturer has Windows 7 drivers available for it.
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  3.    13 Oct 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Paul, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It depends.

    If you upgraded the Windows 7 from the desktop to a free Windows 10 and still have that Windows 10 installed, then you will not be able to install and activate Windows 7 on the laptop unless you have another product key or uninstall the Windows 10.

    In addition, you'll need to make sure that the laptop manufacturer has Windows 7 drivers available for it.
    Thanks for your quick response. I doubt if the laptop will have the necessary windows 7 drivers as it came with Windows 8 pre-installed.
    I have read so many complaints about windows 8 and 10, when are MS going to fix it?
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       13 Oct 2015 #4

    Windows 10 works just fine for me.

    As far as fixing it, it would depend on the specific issue and cause.
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  5.    13 Oct 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Windows 10 works just fine for me.

    As far as fixing it, it would depend on the specific issue and cause.
    I am getting the same problem as most "critical error; Start menu and Cortana aren't working". I have tried many of the fixes suggested but to no avail.
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       13 Oct 2015 #6

    Is that even after a clean install of Windows 10?
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       13 Oct 2015 #7

    So far between my computers and my clients' I have Upgraded 14, mostly Notebooks and 3 Desktops. Only issue I had with one 2-year-old Notebook was the need to download and install Bluetooth drivers but Dell already had them available. Some of the things I usually went to Control Panel for are now on the right-click context menu of the Start button. The Apps list of programs is alphabetical and not hard to work with. I did pin a few programs I use daily to the Start [tiles] then moved them up to the very top of the list of tiles. I also put a couple on the Taskbar. Edge may become better over time but until then I also pinned Internet Explorer to both places.
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  8.    13 Oct 2015 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Is that even after a clean install of Windows 10?
    Sorry to say that I am not a computer expert, just a simple user. I upgraded from W8 to W10 following the upgrade release simply by following the link, so I do not know how to do a clean install :-(
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       13 Oct 2015 #9

    No problem. Upgrades can sometimes have issues.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
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  10.    14 Oct 2015 #10

    I know asking about a problem here most often works and it ought to be (and often is) possible to fix a computer from the help given. I hope this will be the case here. Occasionally though, even with the best available online help, problems continue because helpers can't see or get their hands on a computer. There is no substitute for that sometimes.

    If not technically inclined with computers and all suggestions have been carried out within the capabilities, it can then be best to put the computer into the hands of a local reputable computer repairer to sort out. Maybe it's felt the time for this hasn't come yet but I think there can come a point where it's worth paying someone to take away the continuing worry and hassle.
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