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How can I downgrade Windows 8.1 to 7?

I bought a computer that has Windows 8.1 (prebuilt and OEM) How can I downgrade it to Windows 7? It is Windows 8.1 Pro.
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  1. plrbear1028 said:
    I bought a computer that has Windows 8.1 (prebuilt and OEM) How can I downgrade it to Windows 7? It is Windows 8.1 Pro.


    Understanding downgrade rights
    https://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=0vWWokEd87n

    Which includes:
    Steps for an end user to downgrade Windows software
  2. Hi,

    Basically, if you have windows home (7-8.1-10) you have to buy the version you want, wipe and reinstall.

    You need a pro or ultimate version to do it for free.
  3. plrbear1028, what is the make & model# of the laptop to see what win7 drivers are available for that laptop?
  4. Best answer
    There are two better options. First, you could install the free Classic Shell which will give Windows 8.1 the look and feel of Windows 7. Alternatively you could take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 which brings back the Start button to Windows.
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