Replacing Windows 8 with 7

I have a Dell PC I bought new in January.  I tried to return it after screwing with Windows 8 (Home 64 version) for a while, but it was too late.  I tried the Menu replacement route (Start 8), but was not greatly pleased, especially since the MS Store app would occasionally pop up.


I intend to purchase a full license for Win7 64 Home premium.  What do I need to know about performing this upgrade?  I realize I need to disable Secure Boot and have copies of critical drivers available.  Is there anything else I need to be aware of prior to doing this?  Any advise would be appreciated.


Could I then delete the partition with Windows 8 on it?  That would be ideal!

My intention is for you to keep Windows 8 as a backup plan. Since you don't want Windows 8 at all, then you will simply just need to boot from the disc and do a custom install.


Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

Click Install Now

Accept License Agreement

When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)

Click Drive Options

Select the drive/s click Delete

Click New

Click Apply

Click OK

Click Format and click Next to proceed with the installation


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Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 1,674 Applies to: