Windows 10: Downgrade from 10 to 7

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  1.    22 Feb 2016 #1

    Downgrade from 10 to 7


    Hello all !

    Do you know how to downgrade a W10 ( as well as 8.1) pre-installed computer to Windows 7 ?
    Looks like it's not so easy as booting from a DVD or USB key and installing !

    Thanks a lot !
    Joss
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  2.    22 Feb 2016 #2

    The main problem will be your OS license. Check first whether you have a free downgrade option.
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  3.    22 Feb 2016 #3

    Do you mean about Pro or standard (home for W10) ? Because each time it's OEM pre-equipped versions.
    The problem is that we can't downgrade to W7 even after creating the bootable device. I don't have time to activate it.
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  4.    22 Feb 2016 #4

    When I say downgrading, of course I mean installing a fresh copy of the OS. It looks like we can't do this either
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  5.    22 Feb 2016 #5

    It should be easy to install Windows 7. But you may have to buy a new license.
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  6.    22 Feb 2016 #6

    Yes, the problem is, the BIOS is actually locked, as if they don't allow you to put W7...
    I'm trying to find a way to unlock it.
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  7.    22 Feb 2016 #7

    What does the BIOS actually do to you. That sounds very unusual.
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       22 Feb 2016 #8

    josselin8 said: View Post
    Yes, the problem is, the BIOS is actually locked, as if they don't allow you to put W7...
    I'm trying to find a way to unlock it.
    whs said: View Post
    What does the BIOS actually do to you. That sounds very unusual.
    Actually I have an Acer Desktop that came with Windows 8 and the BIOS would only let me install Win 8 and above, The only way to install Windows 7 on it would be to downgrade the BIOS to an earlier version
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  •    22 Feb 2016 #9

    Hmm, they do all kinds of strange things these days. Why not use 8.1. That is pretty nice too. I like that a lot better than 10.
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  •    23 Feb 2016 #10

    sml156 said: View Post
    Actually I have an Acer Desktop that came with Windows 8 and the BIOS would only let me install Win 8 and above, The only way to install Windows 7 on it would be to downgrade the BIOS to an earlier version
    Bingo ! That's our problem ! Any other suggestions than downgrading the BIOS ?

    Joss
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