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Is it possible to install Windows 7 Pro OEM on a PC with Windows 8/8.1?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mohameddo-san, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Mohameddo-san

    Mohameddo-san
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    I hope reverting a system to Windows 7 from Windows 8 or 8.1 doesn't require the Retail copy of Windows 7.

    Could I install an OEM version or is the motherboard binded to Windows 8?

    The retail copies of 7 are expensive and rare.

    BTW, my brother is looking to buy a Dell Opteron to present his thesis. He doesn't want to use Windows 8 or 8.1.

    I hope all is not lost.
     
  2. You can install Windows 7 but if that copy of Windows 7 has been used before with it being OEM it may not Activate as it is Sold\Licenced for use with the original equipment, I have however changed several Mobo's and Re-Activated using the Phone option when the Auto\Internert Activation has failed.

    Why Doesn't he want to use Win8\8.1?
     
  3. Mohameddo-san

    Mohameddo-san
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    He, like myself, finds Windows 8 and 8.1 to be redundant in so many ways.

    Time to buy another Windows 7 OEM disc.
     
  4. Justin Swan

    Justin Swan
    RD-DVLC

    But with a quick switch (bottom left icon) you are back to the familiar Windows 7 screen anyway, so there is no need make an additional purchase?
     
  5. Just install Classic Shell and you wouldn't know Win8 existed unless you want to.
     
  6. Mohameddo-san

    Mohameddo-san
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    Hmm...how to convince my brother...
     
  7. Just put it on and don't tell him, as long as he doesn't go looking for Win8 he won't know ;)