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August 23, 2013 6:50:43 PM

I recently bought a Lenovo Y510P that came with Windows 8 pre-install and I just can't deal with Windows 8 (no touch screen). I have 2 HDD's, a 1TB and a 28 SSD. I've read the downgrade thread from Windows 8 to Windows 7 but in the past I've had to re-partition some drives so I was wondering would I have to do that? Also, do I need to do anything else to the drives? I want to put the OS on the SSD so the laptop would boot up faster.

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August 24, 2013 12:27:22 AM

One huge advantage of 8 over 7 is the reduction in space that the installation requires. Thus you would be hard pressed to run your OS from such a small SSD. Why not stick with 8? Once you're off the Start Screen and into Desktop there's little difference in User controls. OK no Start Button, but you soon get used to using your Windows key to access stuff, like Winkey plus X to get to Control Panel etcetera.
Search is no problem, Winkey to Start screen and start typing what you're looking for... and so on...and there are plenty of software devices to make 8 like 7 if necessary...
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February 8, 2014 11:47:47 AM

dodger46 said:
One huge advantage of 8 over 7 is the reduction in space that the installation requires. Thus you would be hard pressed to run your OS from such a small SSD. Why not stick with 8? Once you're off the Start Screen and into Desktop there's little difference in User controls. OK no Start Button, but you soon get used to using your Windows key to access stuff, like Winkey plus X to get to Control Panel etcetera.
Search is no problem, Winkey to Start screen and start typing what you're looking for... and so on...and there are plenty of software devices to make 8 like 7 if necessary...


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February 8, 2014 11:57:13 AM

You are missing the point. New Dell laptop with Window 8 enhanced to 8.1. Could not afford $300 more for a touchscreen model, so I am stuck with Win 8 on regular screen. When I try to click-drag corners, it takes 5 or 6 tries before anything happens, and despite all the statements about its ease of use, it is a massive headache. Most things do not work like Microsoft docs say they'll work. That is my problem and my wife for whom I bought the newer laptop just uses the older slower Win 7 machine. I plan to try to replace Win 8 completely. If you like it great, I do not since it is so counter-intuitive with its tiles ,etc. Such stuff doesn't exist on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy), and who has a windows phone anyway?
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February 8, 2014 1:01:38 PM

jmackey said:
You are missing the point. New Dell laptop with Window 8 enhanced to 8.1. Could not afford $300 more for a touchscreen model, so I am stuck with Win 8 on regular screen. When I try to click-drag corners, it takes 5 or 6 tries before anything happens, and despite all the statements about its ease of use, it is a massive headache. Most things do not work like Microsoft docs say they'll work. That is my problem and my wife for whom I bought the newer laptop just uses the older slower Win 7 machine. I plan to try to replace Win 8 completely. If you like it great, I do not since it is so counter-intuitive with its tiles ,etc. Such stuff doesn't exist on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy), and who has a windows phone anyway?

Can't say I use the 'corners' much, once I'm on Desktop it's business as usual, if I want anything that used to appear under the Start button I just use the Windows key in conjunction with various others. Sorry you don't like it, but it will be quite expensive to purchase a copy of 7 to revert. Have you tried any of the tips and tricks to make 8 behave like 7?
eg.
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/software-and-web-apps/how-to-...

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