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how to uninstall windows 8.1 and replace with windows 7

I installed windows 8.1 when I did this build, but now I'm running into issue's with specific games that I play. So I want to remove 8.1 and replace it with the windows 7 that I purchased...can some one give a quick walk through here? Thanks in advance.
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  1. What drive, how many partitions?
  2. boot from the windows 7 cd after you back up your own data. go into advance mode on window 7 cd and delete all the partions on the hard drive. this will remove windows 8x from your hard drive. then run the windows 7 installer. if windows 7 cd install right you be fine if you get a duel bot message you may have to use diskpart tools to delete the mbr and to start the install again.
  3. Insert windows 7 disc set the boot options in the bios to boot to the dvd drive. Restart when the win 7 disc loads click custom then when the screen with hard drive selection appears highlite the install drive select drive options them format. Then click the hardrive again and click next and continue the basic install process. When its done go back into the bios and change the boot priority back to the hardrive.
  4. Specifically, what games don't work? And how do they fail?
  5. Ok...I am not computer savy by any means. This was an xmas gift for my son. Here's what we have Samsung Evo ssd 250g(for OS only), Western dig. 1TB blue(for all the other crap) for drives and MSI G45 MB. I got the windows 8.1 disc and installed it. When he tries to plays Rift, Skyrim, Guild wars, Swtor and like games they crash or won't even load up. As for partitions I have no clue. So with everything we have read it seems 8.1 can't run any of these yet..so we figured lets go back to 7 and thats were we are at.
  6. There is little difference between Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 as far as what can run.

    It would appear you have other issues.
  7. Best answer
    On the new UEFI systems, the BIOS no longer exists like before. There's no "F" key to press to get into it. They don't work anymore. On Win 8 you could go into PC Settings and make it boot to the BIOS and switch to boot to the DVD. Win 8.1 has removed this option and I'm currently looking for an answer myself, which is how I got here.

    EDIT: Win 8.1 just moved the above to a different place. To get to the BIOS just click the following:

    Open Charms bar,
    Settings,
    PC Settings,
    Recovery and Update,
    Recovery,
    Advanced Startup,
    Troubleshoot,
    Advanced Options,
    UEFI Firmware Settings,
    Click Restart.

    It will now reboot to the BIOS. Isn't that a lot simpler than just pressing F2 when you boot? This is hands-down the dumbest thing I have seen yet? LOL
  8. straybeat said:
    On the new UEFI systems, the BIOS no longer exists like before. There's no "F" key to press to get into it. They don't work anymore. On Win 8 you could go into PC Settings and make it boot to the BIOS and switch to boot to the DVD. Win 8.1 has removed this option and I'm currently looking for an answer myself, which is how I got here.

    EDIT: Win 8.1 just moved the above to a different place. To get to the BIOS just click the following:

    Open Charms bar,
    Settings,
    PC Settings,
    Recovery and Update,
    Recovery,
    Advanced Startup,
    Troubleshoot,
    Advanced Options,
    UEFI Firmware Settings,
    Click Restart.

    It will now reboot to the BIOS. Isn't that a lot simpler than just pressing F2 when you boot? This is hands-down the dumbest thing I have seen yet? LOL


    Man............It's a good thing I saw this !!!! I Just 3 min ago, ordered a Win 8.1 Laptop and planned on putting win 7 pro on it as soon as it arrives. I was planning on just pressing F12 n boot from DVD Drive,rthen..Press any key to boot form DVD n go from there. So NO GO Huh??? Wow!!!
    So TY for Posting this!!!!
    Thank You!!!!!! You probably saved me from throwing it into the pool n saying it got wet......lmao
    Lefty
  9. Hahahahahah what the hell is the Charms Bar???? lol......I guess I'm gonna find out lmao:pt1cable:
  10. Lefty666 said:
    Man............It's a good thing I saw this !!!! I Just 3 min ago, ordered a Win 8.1 Laptop and planned on putting win 7 pro on it as soon as it arrives. I was planning on just pressing F12 n boot from DVD Drive,rthen..Press any key to boot form DVD n go from there. So NO GO Huh??? Wow!!!
    So TY for Posting this!!!!
    Thank You!!!!!! You probably saved me from throwing it into the pool n saying it got wet......lmao
    Lefty


    I returned the Asus laptop that I had, thinking it was a poor implementation of UEFI. I tried 3 different brands, all the same. I ended up going to a pawn shop and finding a 2-year-old Dell that was top of the line for the year, for VERY cheap. It came with Win7, so all was good again!

    I did a tiny bit of research on UEFI (because I could care less) and it seems that UEFI is another cheesy attempt by Microsoft to force us to keep using Windows 8? I ended up getting to Ubuntu and only use Windows to program my Harmony Remote (and before all the MS patriots scream "another Linux fanboi", I'm anti-microsoft NOT pro-Linux). :p LOL
  11. straybeat said:
    Lefty666 said:
    Man............It's a good thing I saw this !!!! I Just 3 min ago, ordered a Win 8.1 Laptop and planned on putting win 7 pro on it as soon as it arrives. I was planning on just pressing F12 n boot from DVD Drive,rthen..Press any key to boot form DVD n go from there. So NO GO Huh??? Wow!!!
    So TY for Posting this!!!!
    Thank You!!!!!! You probably saved me from throwing it into the pool n saying it got wet......lmao
    Lefty


    I returned the Asus laptop that I had, thinking it was a poor implementation of UEFI. I tried 3 different brands, all the same. I ended up going to a pawn shop and finding a 2-year-old Dell that was top of the line for the year, for VERY cheap. It came with Win7, so all was good again!

    I did a tiny bit of research on UEFI (because I could care less) and it seems that UEFI is another cheesy attempt by Microsoft to force us to keep using Windows 8? I ended up getting to Ubuntu and only use Windows to program my Harmony Remote (and before all the MS patriots scream "another Linux fanboi", I'm anti-microsoft NOT pro-Linux). :p LOL


    Straybeat,
    Will this work on ANY Win 8.1 laptop? What about all the drivers. I heard some peeps having Major Probs getting all the correct drivers back when they do downgrade.
    I basically just bought this as a Media Player. Reason being, is that.......Last week my 5 yyear old Gateway died on me. maaan that little sucker was an awesome little ( well it was a 17 in), but It was Great cause I basically just used it as a Media Player. I know what your thinking. Why? Well I hook it into my Onkyo TX-NR 818 A/V Reciever, tat has 2 video processors that upscale ANY thing I play through it to 1080P Vid & 7.2 Surround Sound! It also can upscale ANY thing I run trough it and it can Upscale to 2160P if the TV is 2160P w/7.2 SS also!!! So basically, I don't have to buy a $2500 dollar laptop just to get good A/V .
    So I'm thinking that if there are peeps having Major issues getting the correct drivers back, maybe just leave Win 8.1 on it??? As long as I can use VLC Media Player on it!!!
    So, ya think I should create sys discs just in case Win 7 downgrade don't allow me to load the right drivers, I can just load win 8.1 back on?
    Or do you think I will be fine with the downgrade??? Shit....I don't even know if this is 32 or 64 bit Windows???
    Guess I'll find out tomm?
    If its 32 it's going back, but if it's 64 bit, can I downgrade it? It's an HP Anodized Silver 17.3" Pavilion 17-e119wm Laptop PC with AMD A10-5750M Quad-Core Processor, 8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1
  12. smorizio said:
    boot from the windows 7 cd after you back up your own data. go into advance mode on window 7 cd and delete all the partions on the hard drive. this will remove windows 8x from your hard drive. then run the windows 7 installer. if windows 7 cd install right you be fine if you get a duel bot message you may have to use diskpart tools to delete the mbr and to start the install again.



    Worked for me. Purchased ASUS w/Win 8.1. Followed your instructions and successfully removed Win 8.1 loaded Win 7 Pro. No issues. Thanks.
  13. Well I gave up!!! I found on Win 8.1 where the Desktop is. So when I turn it on, I just go there and pretty much just use it like Win 7.
    I Know I'm eventually have to downgrade it to win &, but I'm only using it as a media player rite now. I have it conn to my /V Receiver then out to the TV. So for now, I'm just gonna leave it be.

    The only problem I'm having is that when I restart this unit, The Win 8.1 Laptop gets disconn from the Homegroup.
    EVERYTIME

    Ahhh by the time I have my New Build completed, I'll know how to get it installed.!!!!!

    Good Luck Everyone!!!
  14. fenwayfan1 said:
    Ok...I am not computer savy by any means. This was an xmas gift for my son. Here's what we have Samsung Evo ssd 250g(for OS only), Western dig. 1TB blue(for all the other crap) for drives and MSI G45 MB. I got the windows 8.1 disc and installed it. When he tries to plays Rift, Skyrim, Guild wars, Swtor and like games they crash or won't even load up. As for partitions I have no clue. So with everything we have read it seems 8.1 can't run any of these yet..so we figured lets go back to 7 and thats were we are at.


    use a gaming console like PS or Xbox. leave the PC for other things.
  15. smorizio said:
    boot from the windows 7 cd after you back up your own data. go into advance mode on window 7 cd and delete all the partions on the hard drive. this will remove windows 8x from your hard drive. then run the windows 7 installer. if windows 7 cd install right you be fine if you get a duel bot message you may have to use diskpart tools to delete the mbr and to start the install again.


    Thanks Dude!!!! I fig u just put in the Win 7 disc, keep hitting F12 and boot off te CD . Then wipe out All drives and 7 should load. But as I said, I ONLY use t as a Media Player , conn to my Onkyo TX-NR 828 Receiver and out to the TV. So all I use in Win 8.1 is the Desktop app which is basically win 7, so that's as far as I'm gonna take it. Until I'm finished with my new Build with Win 7 Pro. That's when I plan on buying my new 4K Ultra TV's and using my 2 GTX Titan Black Vid Cards to conn to it , and I'll have 4096 x 2160P and I'll then put win 7 on the laptop and give it to my wifey!!!!
    TY Dude!!!!

    That's when I'll TRY to put Win 7 on this HP POS. And from your answer, if win 7 don't load, I have to Delete the mbr and it should load ..correct? If that's the case, all is kool Thanks Again!!!!
    If I can't figure this out myself, I should be ashamed for even asking this stupid question lol:pt1cable:
  16. I game on windows 8.1 everyday with 0 issues. I agree the UEFI change is ridiculous but overall windows 8.1 is alot better than 7 i would never go back
  17. I want to uninstall WIN 8.1 and replace with WIN 8 please help me
  18. edr boy said:
    I want to uninstall WIN 8.1 and replace with WIN 8 please help me


    You already have one thread going on this. Let it ride for a bit.
  19. there isn‘t anything opening when i upgrade windows 8 to windows 8.1
    so can u help me to remove WIN 8.1
  20. There's definitely a MS scam going on with these new laptops. I just tried my best to downgrade 8.1 to 7 on a new Toshiba Satellite C75 (C70 series). It was not a problem ridding 8.1 and installing 7, but the real issue was driver related. I couldn't get any drivers through Toshiba that were compatible with 7. Then I searched Toshiba for an answer, and I found a Toshiba 'expert' on the Toshiba forum trying to tell folks with similar problems that it was probably their fault for trying drivers other than the 'official' Toshiba drivers, even though there are no drivers for 7 for this laptop. The main problems involved the loss of function key access to hardware features, loss of WiFi, and no USB3. He suggested that if the proper drivers didn't work it was because they weren't installed in the correct order and proceeded to give his preference for installing them. He warned against using the AMD drivers from their site (since it has a AMD chipset, if not AMD APU also), but I found that the AMD drivers installed every time with no issues while the one supplied by Toshiba didn't seem to work at all. It's simply a scam to turn laptops into Win8 tablet pc's. Win8 sucks so bad that MS has already given up on it, so good luck to anyone getting one of these shiny lumps of coal for Xmas.
  21. Ddram Bo said:
    There's definitely a MS scam going on with these new laptops. I just tried my best to downgrade 8.1 to 7 on a new Toshiba Satellite C75 (C70 series). It was not a problem ridding 8.1 and installing 7, but the real issue was driver related. I couldn't get any drivers through Toshiba that were compatible with 7. Then I searched Toshiba for an answer, and I found a Toshiba 'expert' on the Toshiba forum trying to tell folks with similar problems that it was probably their fault for trying drivers other than the 'official' Toshiba drivers, even though there are no drivers for 7 for this laptop. The main problems involved the loss of function key access to hardware features, loss of WiFi, and no USB3. He suggested that if the proper drivers didn't work it was because they weren't installed in the correct order and proceeded to give his preference for installing them. He warned against using the AMD drivers from their site (since it has a AMD chipset, if not AMD APU also), but I found that the AMD drivers installed every time with no issues while the one supplied by Toshiba didn't seem to work at all. It's simply a scam to turn laptops into Win8 tablet pc's. Win8 sucks so bad that MS has already given up on it, so good luck to anyone getting one of these shiny lumps of coal for Xmas.
  22. Hey Ddram,
    I had the same problem. The Drivers!!!! Grrrr what a pain in the ass. MS I Really Pushing the hell out of 8 & 8.1!!!!I I do ALOT of reaair work on peeps Laptops. some have Win &, some have Win 8.1. So I decided since I would be working on bth OS's, I put them on 2 SD's in a Hot Swap Bay ....what a NIGHTMARE that was lmfao. So I wiped the 8.1 n bought a $399 Laptop, just so I had that OS as well a 7 & could get used to it so I could help some folks out. You notice how it seems every other OS MS puts out 1 sux. look at XP It was Really Good. Then Vista, it Blew. Then 7 it's Great. Now 8.1 n it sux, but they don't seem to want to get rid of it like Vista. I think Touchscreens have a lot to do with it!
    Let's see what they come out with next. Maybe that will be better than 8. Until then, I'll stick with 7 till it's not supported like XP.
    TY for getting back to me!!! I Really Appreciate it!!!!
    Thanks dude!!!
    Lefty
  23. Ddram Bo said:
    There's definitely a MS scam going on with these new laptops. I just tried my best to downgrade 8.1 to 7 on a new Toshiba Satellite C75 (C70 series). It was not a problem ridding 8.1 and installing 7, but the real issue was driver related. I couldn't get any drivers through Toshiba that were compatible with 7. Then I searched Toshiba for an answer, and I found a Toshiba 'expert' on the Toshiba forum trying to tell folks with similar problems that it was probably their fault for trying drivers other than the 'official' Toshiba drivers, even though there are no drivers for 7 for this laptop. The main problems involved the loss of function key access to hardware features, loss of WiFi, and no USB3. He suggested that if the proper drivers didn't work it was because they weren't installed in the correct order and proceeded to give his preference for installing them. He warned against using the AMD drivers from their site (since it has a AMD chipset, if not AMD APU also), but I found that the AMD drivers installed every time with no issues while the one supplied by Toshiba didn't seem to work at all. It's simply a scam to turn laptops into Win8 tablet pc's. Win8 sucks so bad that MS has already given up on it, so good luck to anyone getting one of these shiny lumps of coal for Xmas.
  24. Hahahahahahahah I just red ur entire answer. I love where you say peeps are gonna be getting lumps of coal with Win 8 on them lmfao
    Lefty
  25. USAFRet said:
    There is little difference between Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 as far as what can run.

    It would appear you have other issues.


    There is just enough of a difference that my external drive with my $500.00 worth of songs has lost it's sound drive "DirectX", now I have to see if I can find this "DirectX" or even if it's available. 8.1 screwed up all of my music!!!!
  26. nana051154 said:
    USAFRet said:
    There is little difference between Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 as far as what can run.

    It would appear you have other issues.


    There is just enough of a difference that my external drive with my $500.00 worth of songs has lost it's sound drive "DirectX", now I have to see if I can find this "DirectX" or even if it's available. 8.1 screwed up all of my music!!!!




    DirectX has nothing to do with music files.
  27. I would say to anyone going back to Win 7 From 8/8.1, to get the Win 7 Drivers First!!! Before you wipe the drive(s) Clean. Put them on a flash Drive and you'll have them.
    The Only Problem that some peeps on this forum are saying that they ( the Win 7 Drivers) Have to be installed in a Special order. Meaning 1 driver : Sound
    2nd Ethernet.and so on..but who knows the correct order??? Dram said that he had to contact someone at Toshiba to get the correct order to load each driver. So I don't know if Everyone is having this issue, but like I said, B4 you wipe Win 8, try to get the win 7 drivers you need, put them on a Flash Drive, Then wipe the Drive(s) Clean,
    Godd Luck to ALL!!!!! Hopefully MS wil have a New OS for us within a year?? Guess we'el see???
  28. oddjob1 said:
    smorizio said:
    boot from the windows 7 cd after you back up your own data. go into advance mode on window 7 cd and delete all the partions on the hard drive. this will remove windows 8x from your hard drive. then run the windows 7 installer. if windows 7 cd install right you be fine if you get a duel bot message you may have to use diskpart tools to delete the mbr and to start the install again.



    Worked for me. Purchased ASUS w/Win 8.1. Followed your instructions and successfully removed Win 8.1 loaded Win 7 Pro. No issues. Thanks.


  29. Hey Oddjob,
    Sorry it took me soooo dam long to get back to you. I just read that you had said Thank You to me & I idn't want you to think I was a Dick!!!
    So Your Very Welcome and I'm Glad it worked for you Bro!!!!!
    Lefty
  30. IF you are like me and you have an ASUS r503c laptop with win8.1, when you go to boot to disk, good luck, it never works so I took the same iso and put it on a usb drive. Then when u boot to BIOS you can boot directly to your usb drive and it works mint. Quickly Format All drives... well delete the partitions first. And Install. Its beautiful Ive been battling with this dumb 8.1 Laptop and finally got it. Success is Wonderful. You can us Windows USB/DVD to PUT your iso on your USB drive and make it Bootable. Good Luck Fellas..... P.S. Get Rid of Windows 8.1 ASAP. It BLOWS.... (however Windows 10 is now out if you have windows 7 and u get free upgrade... they brought the startbar back just like before and overall its suppose to be a faster cleaner version of windows 7.... thats Right windows 8 is in the TRASH :D

    -clownyGx5 :D
  31. clowngx5 said:
    IF you are like me and you have an ASUS r503c laptop with win8.1, when you go to boot to disk, good luck, it never works so I took the same iso and put it on a usb drive. Then when u boot to BIOS you can boot directly to your usb drive and it works mint. Quickly Format All drives... well delete the partitions first. And Install. Its beautiful Ive been battling with this dumb 8.1 Laptop and finally got it. Success is Wonderful. You can us Windows USB/DVD to PUT your iso on your USB drive and make it Bootable. Good Luck Fellas..... P.S. Get Rid of Windows 8.1 ASAP. It BLOWS.... (however Windows 10 is now out if you have windows 7 and u get free upgrade... they brought the startbar back just like before and overall its suppose to be a faster cleaner version of windows 7.... thats Right windows 8 is in the TRASH :D

    -clownyGx5 :D
  32. Hey clownygx5,
    Thanks for getting back to me. I wound up buying an HP POS with Win 8.1 on it. I basically only use it for a media player. They also have offered me Windows 10 for this system or free. Just a simple Dload. So......I dson't know what the hell I'm gonna do,
    But Thanks Again!!!
    Lefty
  33. Lefty666 said:
    straybeat said:
    On the new UEFI systems, the BIOS no longer exists like before. There's no "F" key to press to get into it. They don't work anymore. On Win 8 you could go into PC Settings and make it boot to the BIOS and switch to boot to the DVD. Win 8.1 has removed this option and I'm currently looking for an answer myself, which is how I got here.

    EDIT: Win 8.1 just moved the above to a different place. To get to the BIOS just click the following:

    Open Charms bar,
    Settings,
    PC Settings,
    Recovery and Update,
    Recovery,
    Advanced Startup,
    Troubleshoot,
    Advanced Options,
    UEFI Firmware Settings,
    Click Restart.

    It will now reboot to the BIOS. Isn't that a lot simpler than just pressing F2 when you boot? This is hands-down the dumbest thing I have seen yet? LOL


    Man............It's a good thing I saw this !!!! I Just 3 min ago, ordered a Win 8.1 Laptop and planned on putting win 7 pro on it as soon as it arrives. I was planning on just pressing F12 n boot from DVD Drive,rthen..Press any key to boot form DVD n go from there. So NO GO Huh??? Wow!!!
    So TY for Posting this!!!!
    Thank You!!!!!! You probably saved me from throwing it into the pool n saying it got wet......lmao
    Lefty


    You are quite welcome, hope it worked for you and you are still using your laptop!
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