Uninstalling Windows 8 (Without Downgrade Rights)

OK, I recently acquired a Toshiba laptop (C55-A5282) that came preloaded with Windows 8. This is unacceptable to me. I am going to completely remove this cancer from my laptop and install Windows 7 in its place. Before I can do so, however, I wanted to see if anyone had any experience in doing this that could help me avoid pitfalls along the way.

I know that Toshiba does not provide Windows 7 drivers for this machine. Does anyone know if there are any drivers out there that approach compatibility? Anyone have any advice for the whole uninstallation/reinstallation process that does not consist of 'don't do it?' Finally, once all this is accomplished, will I need a completely new copy of Windows 7, or will my existing installation disks for my PC copy suffice?

Much appreciated.

edit: I already know about the programs that can make Windows 8 look like Windows 7. That's not what I'm going for. I intend to remove this OS completely, burn it to the root, and completely replace it.
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  1. There is a lot interchangability between vista, 7, and 8 drivers. They are are really different revisions of the same OS. So the existing toshiba drivers might work. Even if there is a problem. Reference drivers will be available from the manufacturers of the chipsets. 7 is still very recent.
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    I'll start with the drivers, simply find out what motherboard you have and go the manufacturers site and download the drivers. Now to Windows 7, You can use your old Windows 7 disc but you will have to buy a new activation code or you'll only get the 30 day trial.
  3. Thanks for the info. I suppose my effort will have to be put on hold until after payday.
  4. Marsyas said:
    Thanks for the info. I suppose my effort will have to be put on hold until after payday.

    Not a problem :)
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