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April 21, 2013 6:46:33 PM

I have a Gateway laptop that came with Windows 8. I have tried for several weeks to get used to it, but really hate it.
I would like to downgrade to Vista, but would be happy if I can even downgrade to Windows 7. Does anyone know if downgrading to Vista is possible, and if so, how?
Thanks for any help!
April 21, 2013 6:47:48 PM

as long as you have a disc for it, of course you can always downgrade by clean installation.
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April 21, 2013 7:06:21 PM

I'd take Vista over 8 as well. But my first choice would be 7.

Anyway, try a clean install from DVD and you may have to buy a licence key.
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April 21, 2013 7:18:52 PM

wdmfiber said:
I'd take Vista over 8 as well. But my first choice would be 7.

Anyway, try a clean install from DVD and you may have to buy a licence key.


I wouldn't mind using Windows 7, but when it comes to the technical stuff I'm not very savvy.
I've made a backup of Windows 8, but from there I'm not sure where to start. Do I just buy Windows 7 and install it?

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April 21, 2013 7:20:52 PM

If you wanted 7 you should have bought it with 7. I doubt it has vista drivers anyway. 7 is going to cost.you $100. So I highly suggest trying classic shell which is free and gets rid of all the windows 8 stupidity

www.classicshell.net/
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April 23, 2013 5:08:02 PM

runswindows95 said:
Why not install something like Start8 or Classic Dock so the Start menu is back on instead of going through all the hassle of wiping it clean?
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


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Yes, this is by far the easiest choice .... I went from 'Vista the PIG' to Win8 (and have win7 on 2 other machines). Win7 is by far the best OS from MS for desktop machines and a fitting upgrade from XP ..... but, that being said, with Start8's bypass of Metro I am happy. I can almost excuse Microsoft's obviously incompetent management now .... almost (First Bob, then Vista, now win8).

Whoever these guys at Start8 are I hope they stick around for a while .... for Microsoft's sake if nothing else. Try it before you bail on win8 .... its not so bad when you can avoid the marketing driven Metro environment.

KC
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April 23, 2013 5:53:21 PM

kckckc said:
runswindows95 said:
Why not install something like Start8 or Classic Dock so the Start menu is back on instead of going through all the hassle of wiping it clean?
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


^^

Yes, this is by far the easiest choice .... I went from 'Vista the PIG' to Win8 (and have win7 on 2 other machines). Win7 is by far the best OS from MS for desktop machines and a fitting upgrade from XP ..... but, that being said, with Start8's bypass of Metro I am happy. I can almost excuse Microsoft's obviously incompetent management now .... almost (First Bob, then Vista, now win8).

Whoever these guys at Start8 are I hope they stick around for a while .... for Microsoft's sake if nothing else. Try it before you bail on win8 .... its not so bad when you can avoid the marketing driven Metro environment.

KC


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April 23, 2013 5:59:54 PM

kckckc,
thanks for your answer. I just downloaded Start8 last night and it does help a lot. However, I still can't keep the pesky "charms" side bar and the enormous date and time from popping up whenever they feel like it. Not sure how to stop that, but I have to admit that they don't pop up as often as they did before Start8.

Thanks again.


kckckc said:
runswindows95 said:
Why not install something like Start8 or Classic Dock so the Start menu is back on instead of going through all the hassle of wiping it clean?
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


^^

Yes, this is by far the easiest choice .... I went from 'Vista the PIG' to Win8 (and have win7 on 2 other machines). Win7 is by far the best OS from MS for desktop machines and a fitting upgrade from XP ..... but, that being said, with Start8's bypass of Metro I am happy. I can almost excuse Microsoft's obviously incompetent management now .... almost (First Bob, then Vista, now win8).

Whoever these guys at Start8 are I hope they stick around for a while .... for Microsoft's sake if nothing else. Try it before you bail on win8 .... its not so bad when you can avoid the marketing driven Metro environment.

KC


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April 23, 2013 7:16:51 PM

Just so you know, you could also consider downgrading to XP if you're attributing your fear of 7 to lack of technical knowledge.
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