Do you have Windows 8 but would like to downgrade to Windows 7 and are wondering if it is even possible? The answer is yes, it is possible and here is how to do it.
However, before downgrading, there are a few things you need to know about.
For a PC that comes pre-installed with Windows 8
The OEM downgrades are only available for the Windows 8 Professional edition. You can downgrade up to two earlier versions that is to Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
For retail version of Windows 8
Microsoft does not offer any downgrade rights to users with the Windows 8 retail version. If such a user wishes to downgrade from Windows 8, they need to use the installation media of an earlier Windows to install Windows 7 or Window Vista.
For users who have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8
Users who have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 can downgrade as their original product key (used with Windows 7) will work.
Things to do before you downgrade from Windows 8
Before you proceed to downgrade, make sure you have compatible drivers for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Users can check their manufacturer’s website for Windows 7 drivers for their specific model. If you have assembled your PC, you need to check every hardware component and see if the manufacturer offers Windows 7 or Windows Vista drivers. Download drivers and prepare a driver disc. Don’t forget to backup important files before you proceed to downgrade.
Steps to downgrade from Windows 8
If your PC came with Windows 8 installed, you need to activate Legacy boot option using the steps set out below:
- Press Windows + C buttons on keyboard
- Select Settings > Change PC Settings
- Click Update Recovery > Recovery
- Under the Advanced Startup, click “Restart Now”
- Select Troubleshoot when your computer boots up
- Click Advanced Options
- Click UEFI Firmware Settings and then click Restart
- Find the Legacy boot mode or BIOS mode in the UEFI settings and enable it
- Insert the Windows installation disc or USB and reboot
- Depending on the motherboard make, you need to press the BIOS or Setup key to open the Boot menu
- Select the drive which has installation media
- Press a key on your keyboard when prompted to start the installation process
- Select your language and region
- During the installation process, you will be prompted to select the drive to install Windows 7/Vista. Select the drive that has Windows 8 installed
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process
- Once the Windows 7/Vista installation is completed, insert the driver disc you prepared and install drivers