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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