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how to install win 7 on win 8 pc

by cn3T_01h-25074852290709885884215818525522 / January 27, 2013 2:20 AM PST

I bought a pc with win 8. I want to add win 7 from a disc. How do I do this?

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Wrong order.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 2:23 AM PST

You need to know there are plenty of web pages on this but often you find out that you don't have the right OS to do this properly. That is you need to install 7 first, leaving open space for 8 later. Many folk don't have the right Windows 8 OS. That is, the PC came with 8.

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Are wanting . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 27, 2013 6:55 AM PST

to dual boot with both OSs or format the drive and remove W8 and install W7?

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Not an easy quick solution
by Steven Limbrick / January 29, 2013 4:45 AM PST

As already said you need to reformat so that you only have windows 7. If you have a windows 7 disc then put it on and you need the full windows 8 to put on another partition. So make sure you have a large drive for the two OS.

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Not Dual-Boot, but totally remove Win 8
by sonnystarks / January 30, 2013 4:35 AM PST

cn3T_01h - wants to remove Win 8, not dual boot with Win 7. Other than with Win 8 Pro installed, can this be done and if so does he need a Win7 OEM or will an update work?

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Reformat for Win 7?
by sonnystarks / January 30, 2013 7:14 AM PST

I'm still confused. "As already said you need to reformat so that you only have windows 7" What does this mean? Do you mean reformat the drive and INSTALL Windows 7? If so, why would I need to "make sure you have a large drive for the two OS?" If the object is to completely rid the computer of Win 8, wouldn't the answer just be, "Reformat hard drive and install Win7?" However, the caveat in this scenario is that a Win7 upgrade disk would not install without finding a previous version of Windows already there. Solution: Reformat drive and install an OEM version of Win XP (Do not activate! It is only the "primer" for Win7 to find.) A Google search of Win XP OEM turns up various prices.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41642243,d.cGE&fp=220ef2f380fe411c&biw=1366&bih=643

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