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Master Geek
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Topic # 114319 15-Feb-2013 16:03
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Just wondering if anyone has actually done this? I know its legally possible and can find some basic info from MS about it but I can't figure out how the actual process would work. 

So say I buy a new PC from HP with Windows 8 Pro OEM installed. 

How would I get Windows 7 Pro installation media and product key? Would the Windows 8 product key activate any Windows 7 Pro installation? 

The reason I'm asking is the software we make is certified for Windows 7 but we won't be able to get to certifying on Windows 8 for quite some time, meanwhile when you try and buy a new PC from any major brands they come only with Windows 8 :(

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  Reply # 763149 15-Feb-2013 16:20
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I got this informationfrom my supplier.
  • Customers may downgrade to Windows 7 and re-install but
  • Windows 7 Media will not be included in the box and must be ordered from HP Support. This is a Microsoft Directive.
The bit I am not sure about is what do you use for the product key, will they issue you with a W7 product key.

I belive that only win8 pro is downgradable but dont quote me on that.

John
 




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  Reply # 763151 15-Feb-2013 16:27
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Yeah its like both MS and the manufacturers say its possible but there doesnt appear to be anyway to actually do it legally. I've got plenty of Windows 7 install media on USB or DVD etc but how do I actually purchase just a product key by itself and does my OEM purchase of Windows 8 not count in the price? Hmmm....

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  Reply # 763152 15-Feb-2013 16:27
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SATTV: I got this informationfrom my supplier.
  • Customers may downgrade to Windows 7 and re-install but
  • Windows 7 Media will not be included in the box and must be ordered from HP Support. This is a Microsoft Directive.
The bit I am not sure about is what do you use for the product key, will they issue you with a W7 product key.

I belive that only win8 pro is downgradable but dont quote me on that.

John
 


When I vista to xp, I recall I phoned microsoft, and they may have given  me a key. It was an easy process though. 

 

Zal

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  Reply # 766062 19-Feb-2013 22:43
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Correct, pro or better.
The likes of HP are including recovery media for 8 and 7. Unpack the new PC and kick off a recovery of 7. It was already activated when I did it the other day.

Other option is to use 7 key off another box. Both a PCs are covered by their OEM stickers. That's how we were doing it for Vista to XP.

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