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December 9, 2013 11:43:59 AM

Windows 8 pro has downgrade rights, but the regular 8, which I previously had doesn't. However, I have upgraded to 8.1. Does 8.1 have downgrade rights? If so, with the laptop, I will upgrade to 8.1, and then take advantage of the rights to get to 7.
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December 9, 2013 11:52:33 AM

Windows 8.1 Pro has downgrade rights, but not stock 8.1
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December 9, 2013 11:58:37 AM

I know. All I have to do, (I read on Microsoft), is type in add features, and type in a product key, to make it pro. Wow, first I start out with windows 8, then I upgrade to 8.1, then I add features to make pro, and finally, I downgrade. All this to get windows 7 on! But for my sims games, I know every minute will be worth it in the long run.
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December 9, 2013 12:07:24 PM

David444 said:
I know. All I have to do, (I read on Microsoft), is type in add features, and type in a product key, to make it pro. Wow, first I start out with windows 8, then I upgrade to 8.1, then I add features to make pro, and finally, I downgrade. All this to get windows 7 on! But for my sims games, I know every minute will be worth it in the long run.


You are seriously going to all that trouble for Sim games? That would probably work just fine on 8.1? Cuz I have yet to run into one game that doesn't work on 8/8.1 and I have over 200 in my Steam library, from really old to new. Even the Doom 3 BFG works on 8/8.1.
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December 9, 2013 12:08:25 PM

AFAIK, the upgrade rights are only granted to an original copy of Win 8/8.1 Pro, not an upgrade from stock 8/8.1
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December 9, 2013 12:17:59 PM

David444 said:
I know. All I have to do, (I read on Microsoft), is type in add features, and type in a product key, to make it pro. Wow, first I start out with windows 8, then I upgrade to 8.1, then I add features to make pro, and finally, I downgrade. All this to get windows 7 on! But for my sims games, I know every minute will be worth it in the long run.


You have to buy the Pro upgrade key first.
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December 9, 2013 12:24:41 PM

You know you would still have to buy Windows 7 anyway, right? You don't just get a free copy reference.

If that's the case, why not just buy and load Windows 7?
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December 9, 2013 12:53:58 PM

Just putting it on is harder without the downgrade rights I think:

" Microsoft does offer downgrade rights, complete with support services and a clear downgrade path to Windows 7, but only for systems with Windows 8 Pro. If you've just got plain old Windows 8—and most mainstream systems do—you're on your own. Switching between the two operating systems is still very doable, but you'll be doing it without Microsoft's blessing.'

Here's where I got it: http://
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December 9, 2013 1:04:07 PM

David444 said:
Just putting it on is harder without the downgrade rights I think:

" Microsoft does offer downgrade rights, complete with support services and a clear downgrade path to Windows 7, but only for systems with Windows 8 Pro. If you've just got plain old Windows 8—and most mainstream systems do—you're on your own. Switching between the two operating systems is still very doable, but you'll be doing it without Microsoft's blessing.'

Here's where I got it: http://


It won't make a difference if you buy a copy of Win 7 and install it. Upgrade rights means the Win 8.1 Pro key will give you the right to a key to activate Windows 7. It has nothing to do with ease of install: either way you need to get a Windows 7 disk, boot from it and do a clean install.
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December 9, 2013 1:05:28 PM

*downgrade rights, that is
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December 9, 2013 1:29:46 PM

Um, how hard is it?
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December 9, 2013 1:43:47 PM

David444 said:
Um, how hard is it?


You need a Windows 7 disk. You can buy one or if you do have downgrade rights, download from the link below and burn a disk. Boot the machine from the disk (depending on the model you may need to press F12, F10, F9 or another key when you start to get to a boot menu - what make and model do you have?)

http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-...

Then once you've booted into Windows setup, you'll be able to format the disk (this will erase all data on the drive so make sure you've backed up anything you don't want to lose) and install a fresh copy of Windows. You'll need a key to activate Windows - if you bought Win7 it's in the CD case. Then install whatever device drivers you need and your programs (the install leaves a totally clean copy of Windows)



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