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Old 11-29-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default Windows 8 has to go

I need help. I got a laptop for my girlfriend for Christmas and I need to downgrade it to 7. Problem is, the laptop won't let me. It's a Samsung NP300ESC-A07US. Please help. I don't want to be stuck with Windows 8.

EDIT: I got it to work. I had to disable secure boot in the BIOS. Please leave this thread up for others to reference if they have the same issue.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Windows 8 has to go

Just curious what happened when you tried to downgrade and what process did you do? just try to wipe the drive and go from there or?
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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Before, it just wouldn't boot from the CD. I had to change the secure boot settings then I was able to boot from the CD and wipe the drive.
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Good to know, thanks for fillin' me in
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Default Re: Windows 8 has to go

Windows 8 has the native capability of reverting to the Windows 7 so you can keep the other improvements to the underbelly (e.g. Pre-boot security). You mentioned that the laptop wouldn't let you, but I would be curious to know what error you got as that is a Microsoft capability, not hardware manufacturer.
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Windows 8 has the native capability of reverting to the Windows 7 so you can keep the other improvements to the underbelly (e.g. Pre-boot security). You mentioned that the laptop wouldn't let you, but I would be curious to know what error you got as that is a Microsoft capability, not hardware manufacturer.
Can you explain how to revert back to Windows 7 from Windows 8? I went out and bought it, installed, and found the only way to get back to Windows 7 was a format and reinstall. Was a pain, and knowing how to go back for future reference would be extremely helpful.
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I stand corrected.

I remember seeing somewhere that you could modify Windows system files to completely disable the GUI changes alone, but all GUI improvements were affected (Windows Explorer and Task Manager). I (wrongly) assumed that there was a Windows administrative feature I had not explored.
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Can you explain how to revert back to Windows 7 from Windows 8? I went out and bought it, installed, and found the only way to get back to Windows 7 was a format and reinstall. Was a pain, and knowing how to go back for future reference would be extremely helpful.
I did exactly that. Full format and reinstall.
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