Can I delete Win 10 and install 7?

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  1. Rocky's Avatar
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       #11

    danturismo said:
    Hopefully I am asking this in the correct area.

    So, my laptop came with Windows 10 installed.
    Then the creators update happened...

    System ran like pure garbage, had to do 2 factory resets to get it back to how it was running brand new.

    What I would like to know is can I just buy a copy of Windows 7 and install it (formatting partition etc).

    To me it seems like it is a simple yes answer, but I wanted to consult with people here that know more than I do before I spend any money.

    Since your computer came from the factory with Windows 10 pre-installed and it never had Windows 7 ever running on it, the simple answer is no because your computer is probably not set up to run to Windows 7. There are probably not drivers available for your PC to run Windows 7.
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  2. Rocky's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro,
       #12

    danturismo said:
    As I have been reading further around...

    If I upgrade to Win 10 Pro is it very difficult to 'revert' to Windows 7?

    If you do not like Windows 10 Home then do not pay to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
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  3. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #13

    Josey Wales said:
    If you had windows 7 home the upgrade path to Windows 10 would be Windows 10 Home. So why could one NOT go back to Windows 7 Home? What if it was not an OEM build?
    If you upgraded from 7 Home to 10 Home, you can rollback to 7 Home, within a certain time limit. Once the windows old folder is gone you would have to clean install 7 Home to go back.

    The OP's PC came with 10 Home installed, it was never upgraded from 7 Home. In that case, you need to be sure that PC will run Windows 7, IE can you get Windows 7 drivers for the newer hardware etc. Plus, you need to buy a license to run Windows 7 on that PC. Your not going "back to" as it was never installed in the first place.
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  4. bobkn's Avatar
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       #14

    danturismo said:
    I will give that link a read over, thank you :)


    Another thread and website I read tells me that if I have a copy of Windows 10 Pro (as opposed to Home that I have now) that there are options to roll it back to Windows 7 easily

    (snip)
    I believe that this isn't a physical issue, but rather one of licensing.

    You can't go from 10 to 7 without a clean install. The issue is whether you'd have to purchase a Win7 license to permit you to activate the new Win7 installation.

    I'm no expert on MS licensing, and I'm not clear on whether buying a Pro upgrade would buy you downgrade rights if you don't currently have them.

    At least in the US, a home to pro license isn't a great deal cheaper than a system builder Win7 Pro license. (The EULA for that may not permit that to be installed on a home system, but I am unaware that there has ever been enforcement of that.)

    If the laptop was never sold with 7, it makes sense trying to get 10 sorted on it before messing around with an OS downgrade.
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  5. Josey Wales's Avatar
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       #15

    alphanumeric said:
    If you upgraded from 7 Home to 10 Home, you can rollback to 7 Home, within a certain time limit. Once the windows old folder is gone you would have to clean install 7 Home to go back.

    The OP's PC came with 10 Home installed, it was never upgraded from 7 Home. In that case, you need to be sure that PC will run Windows 7, IE can you get Windows 7 drivers for the newer hardware etc. Plus, you need to buy a license to run Windows 7 on that PC. Your not going "back to" as it was never installed in the first place.
    I started off in the middle did not read the OP. Will do better.. Sorry.
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  6. cereberus's Avatar
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       #16

    bobkn said:
    I believe that this isn't a physical issue, but rather one of licensing.

    You can't go from 10 to 7 without a clean install. The issue is whether you'd have to purchase a Win7 license to permit you to activate the new Win7 installation.

    I'm no expert on MS licensing, and I'm not clear on whether buying a Pro upgrade would buy you downgrade rights if you don't currently have them.

    At least in the US, a home to pro license isn't a great deal cheaper than a system builder Win7 Pro license. (The EULA for that may not permit that to be installed on a home system, but I am unaware that there has ever been enforcement of that.)

    If the laptop was never sold with 7, it makes sense trying to get 10 sorted on it before messing around with an OS downgrade.
    It is not just a licencing issue - almost certainly OP would need a new licence based on info we have gleaned.

    It MAY also be a technical issue, as many new devices now simply do not have suitable Windows 7 drivers anymore. It may install and use generic drivers, but possible with reduced functionality.
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  7. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #17

    Josey Wales said:
    I started off in the middle did not read the OP. Will do better.. Sorry.
    Been there done that, no big deal.
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  8. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #18

    bobkn said:
    I believe that this isn't a physical issue, but rather one of licensing.

    You can't go from 10 to 7 without a clean install. The issue is whether you'd have to purchase a Win7 license to permit you to activate the new Win7 installation.

    I'm no expert on MS licensing, and I'm not clear on whether buying a Pro upgrade would buy you downgrade rights if you don't currently have them.

    At least in the US, a home to pro license isn't a great deal cheaper than a system builder Win7 Pro license. (The EULA for that may not permit that to be installed on a home system, but I am unaware that there has ever been enforcement of that.)

    If the laptop was never sold with 7, it makes sense trying to get 10 sorted on it before messing around with an OS downgrade.
    As far as I know, no, upgrading to 10 Pro doesn't automatically get you downgrade rights. It just gets you 10 Pro. The way I understand it, downgrade rights come with the PC when purchased. And It has to have 10 Pro installed to qualify for that option. Also not all OEM's offers it on all models. It's up to them if they want to authorize it.

    So, to make a long story short, upgrading from Home to Pro won't magically get you downgrade rights. And even if it did, by buying the upgrade right from the OEM that sold you the PC. < The only way I can even remotely see it working. Downgrading to Windows 7 isn't going to easy peasy. IMHO your still looking at a clean install to get there.
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  9. alphanumeric's Avatar
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       #19

    Before I do anything, I would make a trip to the drivers section for your device on the ASUS support page. Then see if Windows 7 is even an option. My laptop came installed with Windows 8.0 Core. Windows 7 64 bit is an option for me, but only because at some point, that's what it shipped with from the factory. From what I've seen, most OEM's don't develop drivers for an OS that, that device never shipped with from the factory. For example, there are no drivers for Windows 10 for my K75DE Laptop. They moved on to newer models when Windows 10 was released. My laptop is fine with the Windows Update supplied drivers though so no big deal for me. IMHO, Windows 10 is much better stock driver wise than previous Windows operating systems were.
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  10. Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #20

    Thank you so much to everyone for all the replies and terrific information!

    alphanumeric said:
    Being shipped from the factory with Windows 10 pre installed, it should have the Windows 10 Product code embedded in the BIOS. Current install media will read an use it automatically and install the correct matching Edition (10 Home) automatically. It will already have a Digital License anyway so activation "should be" automatic. Backup what files etc you don't want to lose to external media beforehand.
    I think I'm going to go with your idea alphanumeric. I really like the thought of going with a pure Windows 10 install without having all the bloatware.

    And if that doesn't work there are many great suggestions here :)
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