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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 Mohamedou Ari, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Mohamedou Ari

    Mohamedou Ari
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    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. Craig Stevenson

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    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. Mohamedou Ari

    Mohamedou Ari
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    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

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    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. Craig Stevenson

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    Just install Classic Shell and you wouldn't know Win8 existed unless you want to.
     
  6. Mohamedou Ari

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    Hmm...how to convince my brother...
     
  7. Craig Stevenson

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    Just put it on and don't tell him, as long as he doesn't go looking for Win8 he won't know ;)