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Downgrading to Win 8.1 from Win 10

Hi,
I got WIN10 and I suspect it degrades the laptop performance.
I want to downgrade to Win 8.1.
I already downloaded Microsoft Media Control Tool and created a USB Flash Drive that contains the Win 8.1 Installation, but I don't have a Win 8.1 Product key.

I looked to buy one, and only found that on Ebay:
<div>Win 8.1 64-bit Full Version DVD Product Key 24 HOUR SALE</div>

Is it what I'm looking for?

I am new to it, and would appreciate

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Clarification Request
what is your computer

If it's a brand name and not self built, you may be able to get restore media with win8.1 on it for a low sum, about $20, from the manufacturer. If it came with win10, then that may not be possible. Also I will mention Mint Linux as an alternative OS.

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ACER E51-522

Hi,
Thank you.
It's an ACER E51-522.
I can't recover Win 8.1 on it.
I don't have the win 10 product key.

The laptop works so slow (Even when nothing is running on it), that I think it has to do with win10.

How can I install Win 8.1 on it?
I got the USB Flash drive, but no Product Key.

Thank you.

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you'd have to remove win10 first

and then install win8. You'd have a month to get a product key aka license for it. If in that month you decide it's as slow or slower for you than windows 10, then do it all in reverse.

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Thank you

How do I remove the Win10 and then install win8 please?
I did not see such option in the Recovery Setting options

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gparted

Download this and "burn image" to a CD or DVD.

https://gparted.org/download.php

You can use it to clear the drive completely.

You then boot to a win8 installation disc and install it.

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Been answered.

You get the recovery media from Acer. You then wipe the disc and use it.
Dafydd.

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Win 8
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Re: product key

The picture says: DVD check, Official Key check. So I suppose it does. But if you want to be sure, there's a contact seller link to ask the seller.

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Let me be very blunt.

There is no legitimate known full Windows 8 OS with media and key for that price.

It's a sure bet there's something shady going on there. Your money but don't tell us we didn't warn you.

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And not just Windows

Took a look at the eBay shop, a vast number of products. Microsoft Office Project 2016 for $3.46 Australian? I second Bob's opinion.

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Re: money

That same page mentions the Paypal money back guarantee: You get a full refund from Paypal if the product is not OK.

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Clarification Request
What is your basis for comparison?

It looks like you have a budget laptop with a comparatively slow processor, a slow 5400 RPM hard drive and only 4 GB of RAM. That combination is pretty slow. I don't think Win 10 is the problem.

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I'm trying to answer his question and desire

Everyone else seems bent on brow beating him about windows 10.

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No. For many reasons.

No product key will cost you. And why do this?

Also, many machines do not have drivers for prior to W10.

-> Again, what's making you do this?

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Thanks

What do you mean no Product Key will cost you?

I believe it's win10 that slows down my laptop (ACER E51-522).

So I'm trying to understand how to get Product Key for Win 8.1

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From my experience W10 is same as W8

Or faster. To restore W8 without paying the license fee you the Acer recovery set of discs. You can try ordering these but my experience is performance is usually traced to HDD issues or the person who installed W10 forgot drivers.

Since you are running W10, the GOOD NEWS is the reinstall is free from issues with license costs.

I could use the Microsoft Media Creation Kit to make the install USB stick. Then I can delete what is on the HDD so it's clean for a fresh install. After that, off to Acer for drivers and the apps for W10. At this point the only reason for low speed could be an old HDD issue.

But I find folk must learn this on their own. That is, let them lose bucks over the free fixes. They eventually catch on. That is, some folk you can't teach. They must learn on their own.

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Re: degrade performance

That's strange. On most machines Windows 10 is just as fast or faster than Windows 8.1. So reinstalling Windows 10 (that's free) might be a better idea than installing Windows 8.1.

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Thanks

I tried formatting the laptop, didn't help...

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Re: formatting

You don't format a PC, you format a partition, for example: format g: to format a USB-stick. And you can't format the partition running is from.

So it's a mystery what you did. But surely not something that makes sense if you want to treat a slow PC.

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I'm not convinced that 8.1 will solve your problem

Based on a test system, AMD A8 @ 1.9 GHz with a similar configuration, if anything, 10 was slightly faster than 8.1, subjectively. It's more than likely that the junk (sorry enhancements) that are on the machine is what is slowing it down. Have you checked what is actually running and how much of it you need? Google how to clean it up if not.

If you still want to try, your best bet would be to contact Acer and ask what a factory system restore disk or disks would cost to restore the system to "as shipped". It will come with all the drivers you need and an OEM product key built in. But remember to make a note of any product keys for your application software before you restore it, since at some point the disk will be wiped. If you don't have the keys, download and install Belarc Advisor (free) run it and it will identify your keys.

If you want to try without committing any cash, you could use the USB drive you have to install Win 8.1 to check - BUT - depending where you got it from, you may need to find all the drivers for it - try the Acer site. If you have 16 GB free on your hard drive, you could spin it off as a temporary second partition and install there without messing up your Win10. Depending on your comfort level, you may need help with this.

One almost guaranteed way to speed up the system would be to replace the HDD with a SSD. I've yet to see a system that it didn't help. The smaller ones (128 GB) are becoming affordable but would present a challenge for your data, if you have a lot.

I'd certainly have a go at cleaning up first, it's the minimum cost option.

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Restore Media
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Just say NO

Installing Windows 8.1 isn't going to solve your problems. Don't bother doing it. Clean up your Windows 10 install; check Task Manager to see if anything is running that may be hogging resources and check for malware, of course. If your computer is slow running W10, it will be slow with W 8.1. Don't do it.

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i hate win 10 auto update

i think the safest way is to back up ur data
and install the new win 8
format the win 10

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