Windows 8 Support
Despite many of its touted features, Windows 8 wasn’t a tempting operating system for Windows 7 users. In contrast to their expectations, Windows 8 proved to be a flawed operating system, thanks to the numerousness of Windows 8 problems. Surveys held among some Windows 8 users (who upgraded to the OS from Windows 7) show that they are now looking for simple methods to downgrade their OS to Windows 7.
How to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8?
Spotty hardware support, confusing user interface, absence of Start button, etc are some of the common reasons that Windows 8 users quote to downgrade to Windows 7. Surprisingly, Microsoft is not preventing its customers from going back to Windows 7. In fact, the software giant has introduced a cost-free downgrade path for certain editions of Windows 8.
Downgrade from Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 Pro, the business edition of Windows 8, has the best path for downgrading to Windows 7. Users of this operating system can downgrade to Windows 7 Professional without much hassles. However, Microsoft mandates that the users should possess the Windows 7 CD as well as product key for the downgrade. The downgrade does not cause any changes to data stored in the hard drives or the installed applications.
For uninterrupted downgrade, users are supposed to install the older operating system (Windows 7) on their PC and then ring up Microsoft help desk for the activation of the OS. Contacting Microsoft help desk is necessary to ensure that the product key is not used by other users. In case the product key is used, the help desk would be able to regenerate an alternative product key to help you activate your OS.
Windows 8 Features
Are Windows 8 consumer editions eligible for free downgrade?
Microsoft hasn’t granted cost free downgrade rights for the consumer edition of Windows 8. If your PC came with Windows 8 pre-installed, which happens to be a consumer edition, you need to buy a Windows 7 CD from a retail outlet. Therefore, if you have any plan to use Windows 7 on a new laptop or desktop you are going to buy, think twice before choosing the OS for the new device. If you are more inclined to using Windows 7, it is better to buy a PC that has Windows 7 preinstalled than a Windows 8 preinstalled one.
Most editions of Windows 8 are upgradable to the latest Windows 8.1 update, which is free from Windows 8 problems. So, if you can’t downgrade to Windows 7, why not upgrade to Windows 8.1?
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