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Downgrade from Windows 8 to Vista

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!
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  1. as long as you have a disc for it, of course you can always downgrade by clean installation.
  2. 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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    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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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/
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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