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Windows 8

by silvertiger7 / February 1, 2014 3:29 AM PST

Since almost all the laptops on the market are now equipped with a built-in Windows 8 OS,
I'm wondering if all of them are able to support windows 7?
Please don't fight on the idea about whether or not windows 8 is more superior, I've got absolutely no time for that:)

Thanks in advance!

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Definitely not
by wpgwpg / February 1, 2014 3:36 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 8

To downgrade a computer made for Windows 8 to Windows 7 is fraught with peril. First there's the matter of drivers which may be difficult or impossible to find. The other is something called UEFI which is a totally new replacement for the BIOS and the way hard drives are formatted. If the manufacturer didn't intend for the computer to run Windows 7, it would be difficult to impossible to make it do so.
I have to ask though, are you familiar with Classic Shell and Start8? They make Windows 8 look and feel like earlier versions of Windows with the traditional Start button and menu. Classic Shell is free and Start8 is $5. I have no use for the new user interface or Metro mode apps, but for me and most folks Classic Shell lets Windows go from the ridiculous to the very usable way of doing things we're used to. YMMV.
Good luck.

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Too hard for most folk. I do have a suggestion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2014 11:28 PM PST
In reply to: Windows 8

Please try CLASSIC SHELL (see any search engine) and see if it gets Windows 8 back to what you want. There are companies that will sell you laptops with Windows 7 but don't take this badly. If you are asking this question, not only are the usual hurdles there but some others.

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