Is it possible to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 for free?

I recently bought a new laptop from HP, 3rd gen intel i7, 16gb RAM, 1 TB HDD.

 

'Unfortunately' this came installed with Windows 8 and I have struggled with it from day one.

 

Does anyone know if it's possible to get this downgraded to windows 7?

 

I can see the sense on windows 8 for a touch screen device but for something that is not it is a complete waste of time and unless you know exactly what you are looking for you cant find it.

 

I know touch screen computing is the future but I much prefer having a desktop and a fully functional start bar with every available from there together with icons instead of 'tiles'

 

 

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You will first need to go to the manufacturers website for your model computer and first find out if there are Windows 7 native drivers available. A lot of computers that come preloaded with Windows 8 do not have native driver support for Windows 7 by the manufacturer. If there are no native drivers, you will have to consider returning the machine and purchasing a machine preloaded with Windows 8 Pro with downgrade rights to Windows 7 Professional. Or look through the manufacturers catalogue for systems already preloaded with Windows 7, usually the business line will have these options.

Additional information:

Since you want to downgrade to Windows 7 to meet the business requirement, you may refer this article and check if it helps.

Understanding downgrade rights

Consumer versions of Windows 8 Pro that come preinstalled on PCs have downgrade rights to a previous version of Windows (example: Windows 7, Windows Vista).

If your copy came pre-installed on your system, you may downgrade your copy to Windows 7.

If not you need purchase a copy of Windows 7 and install the same on your computer.

• Downgrade rights are only available for licenses obtained through OEM or Volume Licensing (VL) and not apply to Full version (FPP).

• OEM downgrade rights apply to Windows 8 Pro and allows for downgrades up to two prior version

• Software Assurance through VL (Volume licensing) provides the greatest flexibility, allowing for downgrades to all prior versions and editions besides Windows 7 Ultimate and Vista Ultimate editions.Without Software Assurance coverage, VL has downgrade rights to prior versions of Windows with the exception of Enterprise.

• It is not possible for a Windows 8 copy with multi-language function to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro as multi language function is exclusive to Windows 7 Enterprise edition and not available for Professional edition.

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No, you don't have downgrade option and if you want to use Windows 7, you should have license and do a clean install. Windows 8 works just fine with Desktop PC, just play around with it and you will know. Take a look at:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/basics

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